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Baryte, Czech Republic

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier May 08, 2009 01:18PM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?

Baryte, Czech RepublicBaSO4 Orthorhombic
Here will go a good picture of a Baryte from the Czech Republic and general remarks about the Baryte from this country. Here are some url's to some of the better Czech Baryte specimens here on Mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in most cases are just for temporary use until we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on Mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on Mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be really good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.

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Jedová hora (Dědova hora), Neřežín, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

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Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

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Rozmital, Broumov (Braunau), Hradec Králové Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

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Lahošť, Duchcov (Dux), Ústí Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

Here are some notes I made about Czech Baryte that may be useful to whoever ends up writing this article.

Czech Republic
Příbor, Hončova Hůrka. “Perfectly developed bluish to colorless crystals, associate with calcite are known from vugs in picrite (magnesite?) at Hončova Hůrka…The most beautiful crystal found from this locality is about 15 cm in size.”1
1 Szakáll, Sándor, Minerals of the Carpathians, 2002, p. 256.

Uherksý Brod, Nezdenice. “Pale blue tabular crystals and twins (up to 2 cm) occur in vugs of andesites, where it is associated with siderite, calcite, and tridymite. The premium locality is Uherksý Brod…”1
1 Szakáll, Sándor, Minerals of the Carpathians, 2002, p. 256.

Příbram Ore Field, Brezové Hory District.
Ask Jaroslav about barites from Příbram. The 4 cm clear crystal pictured in the article in the Min Record, a Bement specimen, is likely to be a good one even if the article is a dud.

Bohemia, Tepliče Jenikov Quarry. The lone Czech dealer, J. Hyrsl, had a recent discovery of some very unusual and attractive barite from the Jenikov quarry near Tepliče,…The crystals, equant and blocky and very sharp, measure up to 3 cm across, and are scattered liberally over flat gray matrixes of a tough quartzite; the largest matrix on hand was about 12 cm across. The crystals are basically a deep orange, and near-gemmy, but a light frostedness on the faces makes them look brownish to gray from any distance. The find is about two years old; collecting is now proceeding, and there will be more of these aesthetically very appealing barites at the next Munich show and (presumably) thereafter.”1
1. Mineralogical Record, Thomas Moore, Kopparberg show 1990 show, Vol. 22, 1991, p.47.

Bohemia, Pershteyn, Viimanou Mine. “Milky slightly pink blades to 3.5 cm in group coated w / tiny quartz xls, some fluorite. Rare.”1
1 Bill Dameron, personal communication, 2003, describing a specimen in is collection.
Ask Jarda about this locality, also check the Minerals of the Carpathians.

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 12/28/2012 08:33PM by Rock Currier.
Bill Dameron April 05, 2010 07:27PM
A start on Czech Republic barites. Lots of Příbram photos should be available; will upload some. Please help! I can write a little on Příbram, but I can't ever pronounce it correctly. Anybody care to take that on? Please?

Baryte, Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Teplice, Ústí Region, Bohemia

One occasionally sees barites from this locality, as spa town near the German border. Labels are not more precise because these are quite old specimens.

Barite, Teplice, 7 cm tall

Bill Dameron
Rock Currier April 06, 2010 12:49PM
When you get into these things you quickly realize how much you don't know. It is a humbling experience.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Pavel Skacha August 22, 2012 08:39AM
Dear Bill,

i will write some infos about several czech barite localities during day.

have a nice day
Mining museum Příbram
Pavel Skacha August 22, 2012 10:12AM
Teplice region is well known for its barite occurences. Especially from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century are known uncommon specimens of honey coloured crystals of barite up to several cm large. Those specimens came mainly from cracks of porfyry rocks.
Until recent times were good known specimens caming from quarry near Lahošť. Here occured up to several cm large honey coloured barite crystals growing on cracks of very hard ryolites and quartzites. Today is this quarry flooded and its collector potencial is small.
Pavel Skacha August 22, 2012 01:11PM
Barite from Příbram is one of the most popular mineral in this area. Příbram region consists from two main deposits: Březové Hory ore region (base metal) and uranium and base metal ore district. There are many smaller deposits surroundigs.
Best barite specimens occured in the Březové Hory ore region in its central part called Březové Hory ore deposit, but very nice samples were found on the Black pits deposit and Bohutín deposit too. Barite is known here in two generations. Older generation forms tabular, mostly grey crystals more than 10 cm large in some cases. But higher in quality were up to 10 cm large "coffin" formed crystals of the younger barite generation. Usualy were of yellow, grey and bluish colour. The highest quality specimens came from Anna shaft - (Jánská and Eusebi vein), Ševčín shaft (Mučednická vein) and Lill shaft (Upper black pits vein).
Well known is the Sádek shaft, because of the barite occurence, where were found especially crystals of its older generation up to 15 cm large. Its crystals from this occurence are very often partly covered by younger dolomite crystals.
Uranium and base-metal district did not provide many high quality samples, rare specimens of nice small tabular barites came from the Bytíz ore node.
Large barite found is known from the Vrančice deposit, where occured large barite cavity with more than 10 cm brown barite crystals. The largest saved sample is more than 1 m large full of tabular barite crystals and it is the part of mineralogical collection of the Mining Museum Příbram today.
Rock Currier August 24, 2012 06:08AM
I can add your information to the Best Minerals, Barite, Czech Republic but we really need someone to write the article, select the images, put them in the article and arrange them properly. Would you like to write the article. I will be glad to help you a little if you run into problems with English.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Pavel Skacha August 24, 2012 01:07PM
OK fine try to do it in next weeks.

Kind regards
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