Of course not! Gold is an element and can’t be turned into
mercury(another element) by a chemical reaction any more than the old
alchemists could change lead(another element) into gold. BUT what if
you had a powder that was actually an almalgum of gold and mercury?
What would be the reaction of the sulphur dioxide vapor from the
volcano that could change into sulphuric acid with the moisture in
his nose? Would that combine with mercury? Margaret Malm, chemist,
can you clarify this?
Rose Alene McArthur