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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1977
Year 1977, Volume 1 (1977)

Haines, Stanley K.
Barite,   pp. 159-166 PDF (720.6 KB)


Page 159

Table 1 —Salient barite and barium chemical statistics (Thousand
short
tons and thousand dollars) 
1973 
1974 
1975 
1976 
1977 
United States: 
. 
Barite: 
Primary(soldorusedbyproducers)           
Value                               
Exports                               
Value                               
Imports for consumption                  Value                          
Crushed and ground (sold or used by producers) — Value        
Barium chemicals (sold or used by producers) — — - Value
World:Production                            
1,104 
$16,688 
68 
$2,884 
716 
$7,596 
1,571 
$54,473 
62 
$13,899 
4,945 
1,106 
$16,822 
61 
$2,518 
729 
$8,680 
1,637 
$64,394 
56 
$15,751 
5,109 
1,318 
$21,200 
57 
$2,871 
634 
$8,541 
1,807 
$73,075 
43 
$15,556 
r5,419 
1,234 
$28,689 
41 
$2,871 
905 
$17,677 
2,204 
$93,283 
52 
r$19,698 
5,666 
1,494 
$30,264 
50 
$3,436 
955 
$18,055 
2,593 
$110,409 
56 
$23,151 
5,892 
r~ 
DOMESTIC PRODUCTION 
  159Barite 
By Stanley K. Haines1 
 Domestic production of barite reached an alitime high of 1.49 million tons
in 1977, an increase of 21% over that of 1976. Nevada, with production of
1.16 million tons, was the leading producing State. Other principal producing
States were Arkansas and Missouri. Imports of crude barite continued to 
 U.S. production increased 21% in quantity and 5% in value to 1,494,000 tons
of primary baritè yélued at $30,264,000. This output
was 13%
higher than the previous record set in 1975. Primary barite is the first
marketable product, and includes crude or run-of-mine barite, flotation concentrates,
and other beneficiated material such as washer, jig, or magnetic separation
concentrates. 
 Barite was produced at 30 mines: 13 in Nevada, 9 in Mis~ouri, 2 each in
Arkansas and Georgia, and 1 each in Idaho, Illinois, 
increase, reaching 955,000 tons in 1977. Oiland gas well drilling activity
remained high and pushed total consumption of crushed and ground barite to
2.57 million tons, also a record high. Of the total crushed and ground barite,
91% was consumed in drilling muds. 
Montana, and Tennessee. Nevada remained the leading producing State with
78% of the total quantity and 61% of the total value. The other producing
States in descending order of production were Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia,
Montana, Illinois, Idaho, and Tennessee. 
 Run-of-mine barite sold or used by producers represented 38% of total production,
down from 48% in 1976; other beneficated material was 57% compared with 44%
in 1976; and flotation concentrate was 5% compared with 8% in 1976. 


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