Mineral Facts and Problems: 1960 Edition Page: 92
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MINERAL FACTS AND PROBLEMS, ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Increased consumption, production, and im-
ports are expected to be the trends of the barite
With the trend in the oil- and gas-well drilling
industry toward more wells and greater depths,
the probability of encountering high gas-
pressure formations increases; consequently,
requirements for weighting agents, such as
barite for drilling mud also increase.
The replacement of lithopone by titanium
dioxide, as a white pigment, is expected to
continue; therefore, requirements for barite in
this field will be reduced.
The use of barite in glass, paint, and rubber
industries is expected to continue at approxi-
mately the same levels of consumption as in
There is a possibility that the use of barite
as a concrete aggregate will increase should
there be an increase in construction of nuclear
reactors. In this field barite is one of the
minerals considered to be a desirable aggregate
in producing high-density concrete.
Increased interest in research and production
of barium titanite for use in the electrical sys-
tems of rockets and missiles will probably be
The use of barite in the form of rubarite, as
an additive to asphalt, will probably gain wider
Continued improvement in technical proc-
esses is anticipated. For example, there seems
to be good prospect that a commercial process
for separating barite-fluorite ores to provide a
marketable grade of both mineral commodities
will be developed.
Exploration for new deposits, development
of new uses, and research directed toward
increasing efficiencies in all steps of barite oper-
ations will continue.
The outstanding problem of the barite
industry is its overwhelming dependence on a
single market, the long-term stability of that
market being somewhat speculative. Lack of
comprehensive research on properties and pros-
pective uses of barite and its derivatives is a
retarding factor in developing new markets.
A major long-range problem of the domestic
barite industry is that of maintaining a satis-
factory reserve position, owing in part to the
fact that reserves in residual deposits are
difficult to measure. The need for additional
barite deposits near major consuming areas is
of particular concern, as is the reserve situation
of barite suitable for use in chemical applica-
A special phase of the reserve supply and
conservation aspects of this commodity is the
lack of sufficiently economical and efficient
methods for recovering barite from complex
ores, such as the barite-fluorspar ores.
A continuing problem of domestic producers
of both barite and barium chemicals is the need
for increasing process efficiency to maintain
their positions in the market. In some instances
better beneficiation methods are needed to meet
To guide both industry and Government
agencies in their activities concerning barite,
more definitive commodity statistics are needed.
The most serious deficiency is lack of statistical
detail on end use.
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United States. Bureau of Mines. Mineral Facts and Problems: 1960 Edition, report, 1960; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38790/m1/100/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.