5" Marcasite, Quartz and Blue Barite Association - Morocco

This specimen contains marcasite, quartz and bladed blue barite. The marcasite has a beautiful shine to it, as well as a wonderful clustered crystal structure. A quartz can be found seemingly acting as a glue between the marcasite and barite.

Barite, commonly spelled Baryte, is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate, and typically has the chemical formula of BaSO4. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless, and is the main source of barium.

Silicon Dioxide, also know as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Marcasite, Quartz & Barite
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane area, Morocco
5" long, 4" wide