Barite (Barium)

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Description Barite (barium sulfate, BaSO4) is vital to the oil and gas industry because it is a key constituent of the mud used to drill oil and gas wells. Elemental barium is an additive in optical glass, ceramic glazes, and other products.
Originators Johnson, Craig A.; Piatak, Nadine M.; Miller, M. Michael; Schulz, Klaus J.; DeYoung, John H. Jr.; Seal, Robert R. II; and Bradley, Dwight C.
Publication U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1802

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