Magnesium is the 9th most abundant element in the universe and 8th in the earth’s crust. Typically elemental magnesium is coated in a layer of MgO protecting it from further corrosion. Magnesium has a range of applications including use in fireworks and flares due to the bright white light produced when Magnesium is burned. Magnesium is also a key component Chlorophyll a collective term for pigments found in plants which are essential for plants performing photosynthesis, in which plants convert sunlight into food. Chlorophyll is responsible for the green colouration of plants and is also used as an additive in foods to give food a green colour.
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