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It does not react with the alkali metals, but combines with magnesium at a low red heat to form a boride, and with other metals at more or less elevated temperatures.
It reduces many metallic oxides, such as lead monoxide and cupric oxide, and decomposes water at a red heat.
It is a white powder, which turns pale yellow on heating, and melts at a red heat.
The pyrites is subjected to dry distillation from out of iron or fire-clay tubular retorts at a bright red heat.
When heated to nearly a red heat it gives a porous friable mass which is known as "burnt alum."
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