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Barite Mining In South Africa

May 01, 2001 During the second week of July 1997, an unusual cavity was opened underground at the Elandsrand gold mine, South Africa. It yielded superb crystals of barite up to 83 cm long and 76.5 kg (168 pounds) in weight. The Elandsrand gold mine is located on the northwestern side of the Witwatersrand Basin in the West Wits Line, South Africa.