Name: Camp Wesley Woods
We are re-working our geology class for our environmental
education program. One of the activities we have is a burn station for
different elements. Can you recommend any minerals that would work well
with a blow torch?
Also, would you recommend burning nickle nitrate?
For safety reasons I would not recommend taking a blow torch to any chemical
substance. It might explode. It might give off toxic or irritating gases--
any fluoride containing minerals [and there are lots of them] for example
might give off extremely toxic F2 gas. It might produce respirable particles
of metal that could enter the lungs and cause serious effects.
The products of reaction with a blow torch should be thoroughly researched
before the torch is ever turned on. This is literally dealing with fire.
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