Photo: Mercury Gas Cooling Tubes at Sunflower Mine
These are the mercury gas cooling tubes of the old Sunflower mine. The mine was in operation from 1913 to 1965. The mercury was extracted by crushing a type of rock called cinnabar, which was burned at high temperature in a furnace, then the vapor was cooled in these tanks and liquified into mercury.
This is a very remote area. I cannot imagine living or working out here, although Sunflower actually had a post office for a few years in the 1940's.
This week we are showing photos of Tanzania on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.