skip to content skip to search skip to navigation Listen Live skip to logon
Sunday 24th July 2016
Max 24°C | Min 16°C

Mercury is a liquid, so how is it mined?


Metals are usually mined. But where does mercury come from? Is it mined as a liquid?
Alan, Ham


** Definitive **
Name: Rod, Walthamstow
Qualification: Science teacher
Answer: It occurs as a compound mercury oxide found in rocks, known as cinnabar. This was a solid compound within the rock. If you heat the rock, liquid comes out.

Do you agree? Give us your answer in the box below…