3.1" Tabular Red-Brown Barite Crystal - Morocco
This is a large, tabular, red-brown barite crystal that was collected from the Khénifra Province of Morocco. The reddish coloration within the crystal can likely be attributed to hematite inclusions.
Barite, commonly spelled baryte, is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate, and typically has the chemical formula of BaSO4. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless and is the main source of barium.