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[*] posted on 3-9-2011 at 18:25
Mineralogical specimens as chemical source.

Certain interesting chemicals can be bought from mineralogy suppliers.

For example, many semi-metals such as arsenic, antimony, bismuth, selenium and silicon are available in elemental form.

Of course the purity will be variable and the samples would need grinding up. However this could be a useful source, especially for people who like ticking off boxes on their periodic table.



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[*] posted on 3-9-2011 at 20:14

Yeah, it might be ok if you can obtain the relatively pure elemental specimens, but apart from that, I'd say it'd be useless, more or less.

Markups, markups, markups. These minerals probably pass through 5+ sets of hands before they get to you, so they overpriced already, usually to a ridiculous amount.

I'd have to say that anyone wanting elemental samples would have tried these companies already anyway... not a particularly novel idea.

If you found a source of unregulated phosphorus/iodine/(insert other restricted chemical here) then this post would actually have a purpose.

"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."

Before you find youself cheering for a new regulation, consider your reaction if you were to be on the receiving end.
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