Barite – “Snowball” Formation from the Elmwood Mine


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This barite is from the Elmwood Mine in Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA. This mine contains three shafts called the Elmwood, Cumberland, and Gordonsville. It has an entry slope called the Stonewall. They contain eleven different minerals including gangue species like barite. It is a sulfate mineral that contains the elements Ba, S and O. This specimen consists of ball-like clusters that are often called snowballs. This piece measures 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches or 64 x 63 x 25 mm.

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Weight9 oz

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