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Critical Minerals Alaska – Barite

Rich deposits of heavy critical mineral found with SE, NW zinc North of 60 Mining News – September 1, 2018

While not the flashiest of the 35 minerals on the United States Geological Survey's critical list, barite plays an essential role in America's energy sector.

Barite got its name from the Ancient Greek word for heavy, barús, and it is the high specific gravity that earned this mineral its name that makes it a critical mineral.

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