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What Does Red Mercury Look Like?

By January 12, 2013

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Red Mercury or Cinnabar in Quartz (Anne Helmenstine)

Here is a stunning example of red mercury in the form of cinnabar in quartz. Cinnabar or vermilion is natural red mercury(II) sulfide. Although there has been speculation that red mercury may be a nuclear material, this form of red mercury is not radioactive. Encased in quartz, it is one of the safer ways to have mercury, an extremely toxic element.

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