Top ten deadly rocks and minerals

Jim Karstell has put together a list of ten deadly minerals and rocks that miners and geologists come across.

Recognise any?

We often wonder if the Earth beneath our feet could swallow us up. The truth is more insidious. Drop that rock you just picked up . . . you could get poisoned. This list details the ten most toxic and potentially deadly minerals that crystalize in the Earth’s rocks, presenting a dangerously deceptive array of stony beauty. These rocks don’t have to be thrown to hurt you.

Check out the full list, with more info and some great pics here.

10. Coloradoite

9. Chalcanthite

8. Hutchinsonite

7. Galena

6. Asbestos

5. Arsenopyrite

4. Tobernite

3. Stibnite

2. Orpiment

1. Cinnabar

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