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Barite occurs throughout the geologic record as massive beds, laminations, rosettes, and nodules. The most important scientific and economic occurrences of barite are stratabound and stratiform massive beds from the Early Archean and the Early to Middle Paleozoic. Paleozoic bedded barites are by far the most volumetrically significant deposits in the geologic record. Additional occurrences have been documented in some Middle Prolerozoic, Late Proterozoic, and Mesozoic rocks and in several localities on the modern ocean floor. Bedded barite is believed to have formed as emanations from seafloov sediments, as diagenetic replacements of preexisting minerals, or as direct precipitants due...

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