Manganese By NaCO3 Fussion
This is an example of the color that results when a manganese containing material is fused with
sodium carbonate. The fusion can be performed on a platinum foil, as in this case, or on a platinum wire.
A rapid test for manganese is to fuse a little of the material with sodium carbonate on a platinum wire or foil, as in this
Significance in the Environment:
Brush, George J. as reviesed by Samuel L. Penfield, MANUAL OF DETERMINATIVE MINERALOGY, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp 92-93,
1898.(Yes, that is 1898)
Benedetti-Pichler, A. A., IDENTIFICATION OF MATERIALS VIA PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, CHEMICAL TESTS, AND MICROSCOPY, Springer-Verlag,
pp. 314, 338-339, 1965.