Liberia: Strange Mineral Gem Discovered in Liberia

A strange mineral said to be attractive to foreign buyers on the world market has been discovered in Liberia.

The mineral known as Barite is currently being discovered in huge quantity for prospection in Margibi County.

According to experts, the gem is associated with sulphide ores is transparent and appears streak white is found also as a replacement of limestone and is deposited in hot springs.

A company, Stein Bock Mineral Liberia Limited, is prospecting the mineral in Liberia. Stein Bock General Manager, Alex Francisco said "the barite found in the country has a good quality with consistent gravity which is encouraging."

"Despite the mineral's quality there are some challenges in mining with its attraction to foreign buyers."

The Ministry of Lands, Minds and Energy has confirmed the discovery and mining of Barite mineral in the country.

Stein Bock's Francisco spoke to New Republic reporter on January 17, 2014 in Margibi County.

Barite is used for drilling oil and gas while its powder is used in making paints, the mineral can be used also as filler in the manufacture of paper, floor coverings, cosmetics and radiology for taking X-ray photographs.

Currently barite is quarried in the United States in North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri as well as India and elsewhere in the world.

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