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[* black] A simple way to verify the magnesium hypothesis was to file away a small pile of magnesium dust and to...well...lightand...well...light it on fire.
[* black] A simple way to verify the magnesium hypothesis was to file away a small pile of magnesium dust and to...well...lightand...well...light it on fire.
[* icon_note] When you add a little heat in the presence of magnesium and the air we breathe, magnesium oxide and a little bit of magnesium nitride are formed. Byproducts of this reaction are very intense heat and extremely bright light.
[* black] But why magnesium? If you take a look at your old pal, the [link|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table#Structure|Periodic Table], it is one of the lightest metals - more so than even aluminum. Additionally, its high strength makes it ideal for providing [link|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium#Applications|structural support] where weight is a major concern.