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  • Why Is Lead Used in Fishing Sinkers?

    The most popular material for fishing sinkers is lead. The danger of lead to humans and animals is well-known and creates a question that bears answering: Why is lead used in fishing sinkers?
     
    Why Is Lead Used in Fishing Sinkers?

    History

    In "Ancient Egyptian Culture Revealed," Moustafa Gadalla describes the ancient Egyptians' fishing method, complete with lead weights on their nets.

     
     

    Easy to Use

    Lead is simple to use. According to the Periodic Table, it has a low melting point of 327.5 degrees Celsius, which can be achieved on a campfire or kitchen stove.

    Density

    Lead, with a density of 11.34 g/cm3, is much heavier than water and sinks quickly. According to a University of Oregon website, density is the weight of a cubic centimeter of any material.

    Cost and Availability

    Another factor in the usage of lead is its low cost and easy availability. Lead can be purchased as a raw material or old lead can be melted down and reused.

    Health Issues

    According to the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, lead is a highly toxic substance that builds up in a person's body, causing health problems or even death.

    Environment Issues

    The use of lead sinkers endangers waterbirds, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

    Article Written By Kim Scott

    Kim Scott has been writing professionally and personally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in graphic design and printing management from Pittsburg (KS) State University and has graduate level-education in Early Childhood Education.

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