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Idria Mine, Idria

Gorica Region, Slovenia

The history of mercury mining in Idria dates back to 1490. By roasting cinnabar ore, the miners released mecury vapour, to be condensed into the liquid metal. The miners of Idria mined over 13 per cent of the world production of cinnabar. In 500 years Idrija exported 107,700 tons of quicksilver.

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