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Mineral of the month: manganese

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Manganese is one of the most important ferrous metals and one of the few for which the United States is totally dependent on imports. It is a black, brittle element predominantly used in metallurgical applications as an alloying addition, particularly in steel and cast iron production, which together provide the largest market for manganese (about 83 percent). It is also used as an alloy with nonferrous metals such as aluminum and copper. Nonmetallurgical applications of manganese include battery cathodes, soft ferrite magnets used in electronics, micronutrients found in fertilizers and animal feed, water treatment chemicals, and a colorant for bricks and ceramics.

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Title:
Mineral of the month: manganese
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Geotimes
Volume
2005
Issue:
October
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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