The Galena Glint

On our recent trip to the north we came upon, quite by chance, the Weardale Lead Mining Museum. We were encouraged to have a go at breaking stone which might contain ore and then taking any we found. The lead ore is called Galena and it glints in the sunshine.

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So there is my little bit of lead ore – galena. The whole stone is about a centimetre long. It has a lot of galena in it  but its that very bright area at the bottom left which shows it best. The white stripe is (I think) calcite.

Extracting the lead, which once had so many uses, was a lengthy process of breaking and pulverising and then smelting.

Maybe we’ll take a look at some of this at that Weardale museum at some point in the future.

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