So Many Mercurial Uses

William Divine is one of the most highly respected and accomplished mineral prospectors working in the world today. Divine has an impressive track record regardless of the location of his work. He has traveled all over the world, too, including all over his home continent of Australia. He has also worked in North America, Asia, and Africa. His first mineral prospecting job was in the area around Pilbara, in North Western Australia.

Mercury is both a Roman mythological god and the closest planet that circles the sun. However, it is also more than that. It is a metallic element and mineral represented by the symbol Hg and the atomic number 80. It is one of the heaviest metals around and possesses a bright silver color. It is one of only a handful of metals that are liquid at room temperature.

The liquefied metal is not all fun and games and trivia, though. It is poisonous to humans and animals if ingested or if the fumes are inhaled. Even significant contact with the skin can be unhealthy.

Mercury is used for a variety of purposed, mostly in measuring devices, including barometers, thermometers, float valves, and manometers. Mercury is also frequently used in electrical switches, scientific apparatus, and in some lighting fixtures. Additionally, Mercury is still used in dentistry, medicine, cosmetics, and the production of chlorine.

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