Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recycling: Mercury in Mining

Mercury has important local variations that have an average abundance in the earth’s crust. It is a natural component of the earth and the mercury ores that are mined usually contain about one percent of the mercury.

The importance of mercury in mining:
  • It has a unique properties
  • Have been used in mining, industrial processes and product
  • An environment pollutant
  • A potent toxin

Mercury in mining and other related extraction can constitute the human mobilization of it for international use in processes and products. Mercury from stocks and recycled mercury can be considered as an anthropogenic re-mobilization of mercury formerly extorted from the ground. 

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