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Minerals used to make pencils and paints
A mixture of clay and graphite makes up the 'lead' in pencils.
- Easily powdered
- Opaque (not see-through)
Lead comes from a mineral called galena. It is not used in paints any more - titanium is used instead.
Titanium comes from the minerals rutile and ilmenite.
Graphite (top right), and rutile are used to make pencils and paints, galena is not used anymore as it contain lead
Find out about the minerals we use every day...
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