3.2" Blue Bladed Barite Crystal Clusters - Morocco
This is a spectacular, specimen of bladed blue barite that formed on a limonitic matrix. A gorgeous, .8" wide cluster of blue bladed barite (among other smaller clusters) are scattered across the rock. The entire specimen measures 3.2 x 2.6" and it was collected from the Nador Province of Morocco.
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.