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Is Silver smelted from lead?

Silver is generally found in the combined state in nature, usually in copper or lead mineralization, and by 2000 bce mining and smelting of silver-bearing lead ores was under way. Lead ores were smelted to obtain an impure lead-silver alloy, which was then fire refined by cupellation.

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Also, how do you get lead from silver?

There is an old method, called the Parkes process, which was used to separate silver (and gold) from lead. The argentiferous galena is first reduced to metallic lead, Then zinc is added to the molten lead, The silver is much more soluble in the zinc. The zinc rises to the surface, taking most of the silver with it.

One may also ask, is lead smelted in the US? Today, Missouri has the largest active primary lead smelter in the United States (Herculaneum) and the largest secondary lead smelter in the world (Buick).

Besides, how is Silver smelted?

Silver is commonly extracted from ore by smelting or chemical leaching. Silver is also produced during the electrolytic refining of copper and by application of the Parkes process on lead metal obtained from lead ores that contain small amounts of silver.

How is mercury used in silver mining?

The patio process was the first process to use mercury amalgamation to recover silver from ore. The silver separation process generally differed from gold parting and gold extraction, although amalgamation with mercury was also sometimes used to extract gold.

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