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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

FORMER USSR & MIDDLE EAST

  IRAN
Esfahan, Nain, Anarak district, Chah Milleh mine
  Damage free transparent doubly terminated thin tabular crystal, pointed ends, very slightly yellow, 1.8 cm long, with other smaller crystals, resting on orange mimetite, 5x3x2.5 cm. Pale yellow-green translucent tabular barite crystals to 3 cm with white on the thin edges, on fragile matrix with micro yellow mimetite and apparently red minium (could be another generatrion mimetite) and few small tiny clear calcite crystals on barite. 5.5x5.5x4.5 cm overall.
   
  KAZAKHSTAN
Dzhezkazgan (oblast), Dzhezkazgan mine
  Flesh colored opaque thin blades to 2 cm in 4 cm spray with quartz, calcite & chalcopyrite.
   
  KYRGYZSTAN
Osh (oblast), Kadamzhay
  Attractive clear yellowish tabular 5 cm blade with small stibnite blades piercing it.
   
  RUSSIA
Adygea Republic, North Caucasus, Belorechenskoe
  This famous mine has barite is several forms, usually associated with nearly-clear small fluorite cubes. White opaque blades in flat cockscomb groups to 2.3 cm on very pale yellow-gray fluorite cubes (0.4 cm) with small pyrite blebs. 10.5x8 cm overall.
   
Chelyabinsk, Zlatoust area
Milky square chisel crystals to <1 cm from this old mining area. *Edinburgh NMS images are copyrighted and reproduction and display are prohibited without written consent. http://www.nms.ac.uk/
 
Karachay-Cherkessia (republic), North Caucasus , Kuban' river, El' brusskiy mine
  Gemmy, topaz/smoky colored tabular crystal 3x3 cm, fairly thick; faces without contacts virtually undamaged. Facetable material. Larger crystals occur, almost never undamaged. Orpiment crystals also occure here. The matrix specimen with a crystal about 5 to 6 cm was at Fine Minerals International at Tucson 2009 and one of the prettiest minerals in town. Location on labels 35 km NW of Mt. Elbrus, Kuban River ; some give Elbrusskiy mine as NE in Kabardino-Balkaria but El' brusskiy and Kuban River are NW of the mountain, in Karachay-Cherkessia.
   
Primorskiy Kray, Dal'negorsk, Nikolaevskiy mine
  Gemmy yellow elongated tabular crystals to 4 cm with quartz& calcite;this specimen 9.5 cm tall. Uncommon. Some other habits/colors reported. This is a KARP specimen.
   
  UKRAINE
Crimea, Kerch
  Very opaque, smooth white 5 cm ball on sprays of very dark vivianite crystals to over 5 cm; 6.5 cm specimen. Also occurs as yellowish needle-like crystals to 3 cm in spheres and in shells like the phosphates and carbonates from Kerch. This clam shell replaced by rhodochrosite is 3.5 cm, the barite needles about 1.4 cm long.
   
L'viv
  Dark brown sparkling small crystals in botryoidal globules to 2 cm, small sulfur pieces, 7 cm. Exact mine uncertain; many sulfur mines in the area.

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