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Gold extracted using mercury, Kenya

Gold extracted using mercury, Kenya

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PHIL HILL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PHIL HILL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Gold extracted using mercury in an artisan miner's hand. The mercury is combined with panned sediment, which causes any gold particles to bind together. The mercury is then drained off through a muslin cloth, leaving the gold, which has been made dull and silvery by the mercury. Photographed in Macalder, Kenya.

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