Definition: Barite (or baryte) is an important industrial mineral of composition BaSO4. It used extensively in the oil industry as a weighting agent for drilling muds.  For many uses barites must meet strict criteria for example specific gravity (relative density), and trace element composition.

Barite specimen


Analyses:  Mineral impurities by XRD, trace element geochemistry by ICP-MS, composition by XRF, specific gravity.