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Galena exploitation

Lead bullets
Lead bullets
© Ayuntamiento de Bellmunt del Priorat (Photo: Catalina Restrepo Martínez)
After extracting lead from galena, many different items can be produced, such as bullets. Lead can also be employed to manufacture pipes, battery components,pellets etc. In its oxide form it is used to manufacture glass and tiles. It was once used as an antiknock additive in gasoline but is now replaced owing to environmental protection. It is an important element in welding and in the manufacturing of insulating boards to be used as protection against uranium and other radioactive substances
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