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Mineral resource of the month: strontium

January 1, 2008

Last month as Americans sat transfixed watching fireworks on July 4, they were probably unaware that strontium was responsible for the beautiful reds in the display. Strontium, a soft silver-white or yellowish metallic element that turns yellow when exposed to air (and red when it burns), is prized for its brilliant red flame. Because it reacts with air and water, the metal is only present naturally in compounds, such as celestite and strontianite.

Publication Year 2008
Title Mineral resource of the month: strontium
Authors Joyce A. Ober
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70045863
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center