Here is a list of some of the most lethal and toxic rocks or minerals you could ever get your hands on…but you shouldn’t!
Cinnabar or mercury sulfide is the most lethal mineral on the Earth, being the main ore of mercury. If altered or heated, the cinnabar releases pure mercury triggering tremors, loss of sensation and even being fatal.
Orpiment crystals are even more lethal than arsenic, as they are a combination of this dangerous compound with sulfur. And again, despite its attractive appearance, this mineral should by no means be held without using pro
Stibnite is antimony sulfide, very much resembling silver. Some people used to fashion splendid cutlery and, without knowing, caused food poisoning of the worst kind. Even when handled, it is highly recommended to wash you
Torbernite can be compared to a very small-sized Chernobyl, but with the same effects, as these beautiful prism-shaped green crystals that usually form on granitic rocks are composed of uranium, releasing lethal radon gas
Although strongly resembling gold, Arsenopryte or arsenic iron sulfide will kill you if exposed to its toxic, corrosive and carcinogenic vapors. You shouldn’t even touch it, that’s how deadly it is.
Asbestos, one of the most lethal minerals on the planet, is composed of silica, whose tiny and fibrous crystals can become airborne, settle into the lungs and conduct full scale mechanical sabotage, an extended exposure ha
Galena, containing lead and sulfur, is the principle ore of lead, being highly toxic, especially mine workers who are vastly exposed to lead dust. This mineral has a cubic structure, and if broken with a hammer, the crysta
Hutchinsonite is made up of Thallium, lead and arsenic, in a very complex and weird combination, forming a deadly mineral cocktail.
As beautiful and mesmerizing this blue Chalcanthite, as deadly it is, containing excessive quantities of copper, sulfur and water, making it highly dissolvable when touched especially in a humid environment.
Coloradoite is a crystalline mineral or magma origin, composed of mercury fused with tellurium. A deadly combination indeed.