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Cinnabar is an ore of which one of the following ?
1. Copper
2. Zinc
3. Mercury
4. Manganese

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Mercury

  • Explanation:
    • Ore is natural rock or sediment that contains one or more valuable minerals, typically containing metals, that can be mined, treated and sold at a profit.
    • Cinnabar is the bright scarlet to a brick-red form of Mercury(II) sulfide (HgS).
    • It is the most common source of ore for refining elemental mercury (Hg)
    • It is the historic source for the brilliant red or scarlet pigment termed vermilion and associated red mercury pigments.

Hence we can conclude that Cinnabar is an ore of Hg.



Mercury (Hg)


Lead (Pb)


Tin (Sn)


Antimony (Sb)


Zinc (Zn) Calamine
Arsenic (As) Arsenopyrite

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