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Cinnabar is the common ore of mercury.
Cinnabar is a bright scarlet to brick-red color, and found in a massive, granular or earthy forms. It belongs to the hexagonal crystal system. When cinnabar grows in a twinned, it is very distinctive, and forms a penetration twin that is ridged with six ridges surrounding the point of a pyramid.
Interestingly enough, cinnabar resembles that of a quartz.
Cinnabar normally is associated with volcanic activity, as well as hot springs.
Where can you find cinnabar? Anywhere you find mercury, specifically in Alaska, Apuan Alps, Arkansas, California, China, Egypt, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Texas, and Tuscany.
Cinnabar can be toxic;
In South American cinnabar is used for art;
Mining cinnabar is akin to a death sentence therefore in Spain convicts and slaves have been used to mine cinnabar;
Cinnabar has been used for its color since the Olmec culture;
Cinnabar has been used in royal burial chambers by Mayans;
Most popular use known is by the Chinese in their carved
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