|Mineral||mineral species Baryte|
|Category||Rocks and minerals|
|Group||Aggregates and clusters|
|Formula BaSO4] BARYTE|
|Ba||Barium||Alkaline earth metal|
|S||Sulfur||Other no metal|
|O||Oxygen||Other no metal|
Barite, also known as barite, is a mineral species made up of barium sulfate. Barite is of hydrothermal origin, is part of the sulfate group, and has many varieties. It takes its name from the Greek word meaning "heavy". It is in the form of flat crystals of vitreous luster, sometimes in lamellar form. Barite is the main mineral of barium and is exploited massively for its industrial properties and applications, in particular in the petroleum industry. The barite is white, yellow, orange or even translucent.