3.3" Galena & White Barite Association - Missouri

This beautiful specimen contains an association of a galena crystal cluster and white barite. It comes from the Washington County Aggregates Quarry in the Potosi Barite District of Missouri.

Barite sometimes spelled Baryte (Barium sulfate) is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal habits. It is easily identifiable by its heavy weight, since most similar minerals are much lighter. It occurs in a large number of depositional environments, and is deposited through a large number of processes including biogenic, hydrothermal, and evaporation, among others

Galena is a lead based mineral that is in fact the primary ore of lead, and has been used for its lead content for thousands of years. Galena typically displays a gray metallic luster and forms cubes or octahedral crystals. The chemical composition of galena is PbS.

Galena & White Barite
Washington County Aggregates Quarry, Potosi Barite District, Washington County, Missouri
3.3 x 2.5"