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Bulletin 2209-H

Stratiform Barite Deposits in the Roberts Mountains Allochthon, Nevada: A Review of Potential Analogs in Modern Sea-Floor Environments

By Randolph A. Koski and James R. Hein


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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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For questions about the content of this report, contact Randolph Koski

Go to other chapters in USGS Bulletin 2209: Bliss, J.D., Moyle, P.R., and Long, K.R., eds., 2002, Contributions to industrial-minerals research: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2209.

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