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Mercury

Links to the geology, hazard and lore of quicksilver.

About Mercury: The Geology of Quicksilver
The strange and hazardous element mercury is still of scientific interest.

Cinnabar
A specimen of this lipstick-red mercury mineral from the Gallery of Minerals.

The Almadén Mercury Mine
A page in Spanish with a chart and much geologic information about the world's foremost mercury deposit. Part of a larger site on the geology of the Almadén district by Prof. Pablo Higueras of the University of Castille-La Mancha.

Calder's "Mercury Fountain"
The American artist created this sculpture, a fountain using Spanish mercury instead of water, to honor the miners of Almadén for their suffering during the Spanish Civil War. It's housed in the permanent collection of the Fundación Joan Miró in Barcelona.

Descriptive Model of Almaden Mercury Deposits
A description of this important type of mercury occurrence, from the U.S. Geological Survey (PDF).

The Great California Quicksilver Rush
An engaging article about the history of New Alamaden from the online journal Woz Way.

Hot-Spring Mercury Deposits
A mineral deposit profile, describing this type of mercury occurrence, from the British Columbia Geological Survey.

Materials Flow of Mercury in the United States and the World
The U.S. Geological Survey presents the details of where mercury is produced, where it is consumed, and where it escapes into the environment.

Mercury in Aquatic Habitats
An authoritative summary of this complicated biogeochemical problem is presented by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Mercury in the Environment
A fact sheet from the U.S. Geological Survey explains the exact risks of this toxic metal in the environment.

Mercury at Mineralgalleries.com
Specimens of this most unusual liquid mineral are on display, along with some background notes.

New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
Remnants of the rich mercury mines near San Jose, California are preserved in this county park.

Silica-Carbonate Mercury Deposits
A mineral deposit profile, describing this type of mercury occurrence, from the British Columbia Geological Survey.

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