Barite on Sphalerite Crystals 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 a wedge shaped sphalerite crystal matrix that is mostly covered with barite crystals. The barite is in ball-like clusters that are often called snowballs. There is a single calcite crystal (slight cleave at tip) on the piece also. This piece measures 3 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches or 92 x 45 x 45 mm.

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Weight12 oz