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BARITE SPECIMEN LOCALITIES

An aid to labeling display quality barite specimens

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Click picture to enlarge. Unless noted all specimens are from Bill & Diana Dameron’s barite suite

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Almería, Bacares, Cortijuelo mines, Beltraneja
  Transparent equant blades to 2 cm, very thin, light beige-yellow, in 6.5 cm group. Collected 9/02 to 3/03 per Jordi Fabre.
   
Asturias, near Caravia, Emilio mine
  Very clear fluorite cubes to 0.7 cm scattered on very white barite blades to 2.5 cm, 5 cm specimen; also translucent/white zoned blades to 4 cm, 7 cm specimen, some with barite druse, some with small scalenohedral calcites. Similar fluorite cubes on 5 cm piece.
   
Asturias, Berbes, La Cabaña
  Classic cream colored opaque curved bladed groups to 3.5 cm on small clear purple fluorite cubes, 8 cm.
   
Asturias, near Caravia, Jaimina mine
  This noted fluorite locality also has barite; these crystals are about 3-4 cm. Anne Ondraka specimen, Jesse Fisher photo. Clear barites to 4 cm wide, 1 cm fluorite cubes, 9x8x6 cm specimen.
 
Asturias, Solis, Villabona mining area, Moscona mine
  Sparkly white ball of thin blades, 1.8 cm, on 1 cm yellow fluorite cubes, 6 cm specimen. Also tabular blades with red inclusions, to 2.5 cm each on fluorite with dolomite, small pyrites, 7x7 cm overall.
   
Cantabria, Viérnoles, Las Nieves quarry
  Undamaged nearly square sharp thin tabular crystal, nice bright orange staining (some surface, some inside), good luster. 3x2.5 cm, with small milky quartz crystals (one double terminated to 2.5 cm). 5x4x2.5 cm overall.
   
Catalonia, Tarragona, Priorat, Bellmunt del Priorat
  El Molar and Bellmunt are villages near to each other with many ancient mines. The Barcelona Museum of Geology has some very good specimens from these mines. These elongated tabular barite crystals are coated by tiny marcasite crystals, and accompanied by galena crystals; 34x28x5.5 cm, Joan Rosell photo, perhaps from the Regia mine, according to Carles Curto (see below).
   
Catalonia, Tarragona, Priorat, El Molar
 

El Molar is somewhat better known than Bellmunt. The first specimen with thin blades and iron staining is 19x8x7 cm; the second, with galena, is 19x14x8 cm. Both from the MGB and both photos by Joan Rosell; Curator Carles Curto of the museum thinks they are probably from the Linda Mariquita mine. The third, about 16 cm long with attractive thin blades and galena, is in the private Folch collection in Barcelona (see R&M 84/6).

   
   
Ciudad Real, Almadén, (El Entredicho mine)
  Clear tabular crystals with bright red cinnabar crystal inclusions. Renato Pagano specimen; 1.7x4.2 cm specimen. Slightly smaller specimen is clear, glossy front face, 3x2 cm.
   
Granada, Busquístar, El Conjuro area
  Curving (folded over 180 degrees) stalactite of small thin rosettes about 0.9 cm each, very light blue on one side, white on other, 7.5x3.5x3 cm. Collected by David Lloyd.
   
Guipúzcoa, Aizpea, Labores mine
  Clear thin tabular crystals 4x6 cm with tiny chalcopyrite crystals and impressions of former chalcopyrite crystals.
   
Guipúzcoa, Goierri, Zerain
  Clear thick crystal (top) 4.3x4.5 cm, completely covered by second generation of tiny pointed white barite blades (actually clear on one edge), with one 0.3 cm chalcopyrite crystal near bottom.
   
Murcia, near Cartagena, Los Belones
  Thick, blocky very pale blue crystals to 3 cm, 7.5 cm. Also thin white blades to 2.4 cm in group, 5 cm.
   
Murcia, near Cartagena, Los Belones (OR Murcia, Sierra de Cartagena, La Unión, Mazarrón-Águias, Pastrana)
  White tiny crystals forming delicate stalactites, 5 x5 cm specimen. Jordi Fabre thinks it may be from Los Belones, a development complex including a golf course sometimes labeled Portman. MinDat.org has a piece exactly like this labeled Delores Prospect, Pastrana, Mazarrón-Águias, La Unión.
   
Murcia, Sierra de Cartagena, La Unión district, Teresita mine
  Transparent blue tabular blades, longest 2.4 cm on edge, in cluster, 5 cm; more transparent, glossy tabular crystals to 3.5x5 cm in delicate group, light blue, 6.5x6.5 cm.
   
Murcia, Sierra de Cartagena, La Unión district, Victoria mine
  Dark orange thin tabular crystals to 1.7 cm in tight group, 6x9 cm overall. Typical for mine thin to thicker orange to 1.4 cm blades in solid group. One 2 cm "spear" is quite different. Some dark brown in middle of crystals remains. Excellent condition, 5.5x5 cm. Also occurs as white crystals.
   

 

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