Mineral Specimen #5132 Barite " Bomb " on Druze Quartz
Washington Co., Missouri
12.6 x 7.5 x 5.2 cm
The Barite on this specimen has formed a unique tear drop shape. Such specimens from this location are referred to as "Bombs" and were fairly plentiful in the late 1960s but difficult to obtain today. The Barite is composed of large, parallel crystals which have merged together and covered with a surface of small platy crystals colored an orange color from Limonite/red clay. The specimen was collected in one of the many old, abandoned pits where Barite was mined in Washington County which is just southwest of St. Louis. It was listed in the collection from which it came as being from the Dog Patch Mine. There is no reference to this name on either mindat or can be found with a Google search,.
Condition: Very Good
Flaws: There is a broken area just below the termination on the back side of the specimen. This would not be visible when the specimen was being displayed.
This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From the United States | Sulfates | Quartz | Minerals Priced Between 50 and 99 Dollars