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Why can’t magnesium reduce zinc oxide in a blast furnace watch

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    As the title says^ why can’t magnesium reduce zinc oxide in a blast furnace if it to is more reactive than zinc?
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    (Original post by x.beheshta)
    As the title says^ why can’t magnesium reduce zinc oxide in a blast furnace if it to is more reactive than zinc?
    It can.
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    (Original post by x.beheshta)
    As the title says^ why can’t magnesium reduce zinc oxide in a blast furnace if it to is more reactive than zinc?
    But, you'd be a fool to. The cost would be bonkers and you'd mostly make MgO using atmospheric oxygen. But, if you were desperate for some zinc and all you had to hand was magnesium, then it would work.

    You wouldn't even need an entire blast furnace, you could do it in a test tube.
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    Its the thermite process, although the heat would cause the zinc to burn as well. Aluminium was first isolated by reducing aluminium oxide with potassium.
 
 
 
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