Miners hold pans full of water in an amalgam pond to mix mercury with ore and separate out the gold. Workers absorb high level of mercury which causes health issues. If inhaled, mercury can cause permanent lung damage and potential brain damage. Exposure can also cause irritation to eyes, skin, stomach, cause weakness, headaches and breathing problems.
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- The Price of GOLD_National Geographic magazine_1/2009