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Baryte, New Zeland

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier May 08, 2009 12:56PM
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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?

BaryteNew ZealandBaSO4 Orthorhombic
Here will go a good picture of a Baryte from New Zealand and general remarks about the Baryte from this country. Here are some url's to some of the better New Zealand 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.

BaryteNew Zealand
Coromandel peninsula, Thames Valley, North Island, New Zealand

Here are some notes I made about Baryte from New Zeland that may be useful to whoever writes this article.

New Zealand
North Island, Te Aroha, Mt. Te Aroha, Tui Mine. “Barite occurs throughout the Tui mine as large crystals up to 3 cm along the face. The morphology is of the simplest orthorhombic form with wide {011} and narrow {110} faces. The crystals are rarely transparent and colorless. They generally occur on quartz and sometimes display a considerable amount of etching by later hydrothermal solutions. It is not uncommon to find barite from the Champion reef to be overcoated by marcasite, cinnabar, smithsonite and dolomite crystals.”1 The Tui mine, a base metal sulfide occurrence, is one of New Zealand’s most prolific specimen localities. The mine is located on the steep slopes of Mt. Te Aroha, approximately 110 km south east of Auckland. For more information on the mine and it’s minerals, see the article sited below.
1. Mineralogical Record, Minerals of the Tui Mine, New Zealand, R.L. Ansin. Vol. 6, 1975, p.23.
R.L. Ansin, Waiwhetu Post Office, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 12/28/2012 09:01PM by Rock Currier.
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