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Galena

Galena

Release time:23 August 2019
Galena

Type
Mineral

Mineral Classification
Sulfide

Streak
Gray

Mohs Hardness
2.5-2.75

Crystal System
PbS

Color
Gray

Luster
Metallic

Fracture
Subconchoidal

Description

Galena is a gray, cubic, shiny, dense mineral most commonly associated with lead. It is one of the earliest minerals used by humans, and one of the most abundant sulfide minerals on Earth.

Relation to Mining

Galena is still mined today in large quantities, not only for lead, but also for silver.

Uses

Due to its health risk, lead is no longer used in plumbing or paints, but has many applications such as batteries, or as a semi-conductor for radios and other electronic equipment. Lead vests are used in the medical industry as protection from x-ray equipment.

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