The nine most deadly minerals on Earth

Minerals in the modern world has found very wide application. They are used almost everywhere, starting from production of printed circuit boards to the manufacturing of cookware. However, not all minerals known to science, are equally useful, many of them fatally toxic, and their production and use were so dangerous that some of them were completely withdrawn from production. Some, but not all.

Portal Gizmodo have prepared a selection of the nine most toxic minerals that have been used or are used in industry so far.

Cinnabar (HgS)

The mercury sulfide, better known as cinnabar, is the main source for elemental mercury since the earliest days of human civilization. Mercury has traditionally been used as a colorant for ceramics and ink for tattoos, but in today's world, it began to actively use in the creation of scientific equipment such as thermometers and barometers, as well as in a number of areas of heavy industry, for example, for cleaning precious metals and chlorine production. You should also not forget the mercury switches, which are used in some types of electronics.

However, the oxidation of this element begins to produce methylmercury and dimethylate two toxic components that can cause irreparable damage to the nervous system of children. Even in small quantities mercury is a deadly substance and can get inside our body through the respiratory tract, alimentary tract and skin. As a result, many enterprises have completely abandoned or starting to abandon the use of this component in its industry.

Pyrite (FeS2)


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