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Silver-white, very brittle heavy metal or element (Mn), which is similar to iron in some properties. It does not occur in nature as an element, but only in the form of compounds. These include manganite, manganese dioxide (with oxygen), manganite and iron ore (with iron). Manganese is an essential trace element that is indispensable for various biochemical processes and enzyme functions in living organisms.

Mangan - Mangan, Rhodochrosit (rot) und Manganit (schwarz)

The picture on the left shows manganese chips oxidised on the surface in air and a 99.9% pure manganese cube, the picture on the right shows rhodochrosite (rose spar), a frequently occurring manganese carbonate (rhodochrosite red and manganite black).

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