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PhotosBaryte - China clay deposit, Geisenheim, Taunus, Hesse, Germany

7th Aug 2015 16:03 BSTRoger Lang Manager

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Hi all,

this specimen looks like it comes from Rockenberg, Hesse. I have never seen barite from the china clay pit in Geisenheim.



8th Aug 2015 19:03 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

I agree. Message sent.

9th Aug 2015 00:33 BSTRock Currier Expert


Old collections often have specimens that have incorrect localities. This one undoubtedly came into the country years ago from Germany and the correct locality got lost. Hopefully with mindat and people like Roger these errors will be reduced. If the locality had been from somewhere in California for instance Robert Trimmingham and I would know with a reasonable certainty where it came from. But from a sand pit in Germany, well who in the USA would know the locality was incorrect. Often these minor kinds of specimens are the least well documented. Considering the competition with the substantially better and vastly more abundant "rose rocks" from Oklahoma I would imagine that few barytes from this locality would have made it to the USA.
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