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Barite

Barite is a very common mineral that is usually white or colorless.

Chemical Formula: BaSO4
Other names: Barium Sulfate
Layman's explanation: Barium Sulfate was discovered by Sir Humphry Davis in London via electrolysis of Baryta. This mineral is so common that it is found all over the world; some of the largest deposits of barite in the United States reside in Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri. One major use is as a potential diagnostic of medical problems through x-ray photography since barite is a radiopaque agent, allowing photographs to be visible under fluoroscopy. Additional uses of barite are in inks, plastics, and cosmetics.
Keywords: electrolysis, radiopaque, cosmetics, Mineral

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