Story: Mining and underground resources

Mercury at Puhipuhi

Mercury at Puhipuhi

Mercury ore (cinnabar) occurs around Puhipuhi, north of Whangārei, and small amounts were mined intermittently in the first part of the 20th century. In the photograph, a worker is shown filling metal bottles with mercury. Note that he wears no protective clothing. Mercury vapour is now known to be highly toxic.

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - Metals known but not mined', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006