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Miners hold pans of water in an amalgam pond mixing mercury with ore to separate out the gold. Workers absorb high levels of mercury by bathing and brushing their teeth in the discard. Health issues can include permanent lung damage and potential brain damage. Exposure can also cause irritation to eyes, skin, stomach, cause weakness, headaches and breathing problems.
- RANDY OLSON
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- The Price of GOLD_National Geographic magazine_1/2009