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Extracting gold nuggets from mercury



June 5, 2012

Q. I have some gold that has been melted into nuggets and then put in mercury, and I need to know the easiest way to extract them from the mercury. And once I do, are they ready to be sold?

Jessica Gomez
Learning - Washington, Utah, United States



June 7, 2012

A. There is a description of the process used to separate silver from mercury in Mark Twain's memoir "Roughing It." The mercury is distilled off.

However, I do not recommend you try this yourself unless you really know what you're doing. You could quite easily get an uncurable case of mercury poisoning.

dave wichern
Dave Wichern
Consultant - The Bronx, New York


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