3.2" Blue Bladed Barite, Quartz and Chalcopyrite Association - Morocco

This specimen contains chalcopyrite, quartz and barite. The barite has a blue coloration and bladed formation and the aggregated chalcopyrite crystals and large quartz makes for a beautiful association of minerals.

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.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Barite, Quartz & Chalcopyrite
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane area, Morocco
3.2 x 2.2"