Massive barite bed within the Slaven Chert, eastern northumberland Canyon, Nevada
The United States is a net importer of barite, a critical mineral for the oil and gas industry; more than 80 percent of current domestic consumption of barite is imported from China. Nearly all of the domestic production of barite comes from stratiform deposits in Nevada. The "modern analogs" approach adopted in this review can contribute to improving deposit models and the long-term resource picture in the United States.
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