Manganese 50mm Lucite Cube

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Manganese 50mm Lucite Cube

50.00

Manganese is not a word with which many are familiar. This iron-like metal is a line item in many steel making recipes because it lends strength and hardness to the alloy. An even more important characteristic is that when heated it becomes phenomenally reactive with oxygen. By calling dibs on every oxygen atom it comes across the manganese thus proves a sacrificial ingredient to ensure the remaining metals in the steel can't be oxidized.... imparting that desirable "stainless" in stainless steel.

This 50mm cube features a chip of 99% pure manganese suspended at the center. The facing side is clean and reflective while the back is a study in contrast with a darkened, mottled surface that is testament to oxygen's injurious relationship with Mn!

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