“Barite” is a mineral that its name originates from the Greek word “Barus” meaning heavy. It is a mineral that can be found along with limestones and sandstones. However, it is considered to be a rare one. The physical properties of this material indicates that, this mineral with the specific weight (γ) of 4.3 to 4.6 is heavier than most of the non-metal materials.
Among the users of this mineral, the oil, and gas industry is considered the top two. In these industries, Barite is applied as a weighting agent in drilling mud.
In addition, Barite extraction from the mines, due to being dispersed, will be depending mostly on the environment conditions, not the geological condition.