Magnesium photo

Cover photo by Dominick Leskiw, a student of Elizabeth Zushma, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, New Jersey

glowing magnesium burning brightly in a crucible

Burning magnesium is raised out of the crucible with tongs to capture the front cover photo. Elizabeth Zushma also sent in the above photo of magnesium burning. We thought this would make a good riddle for Chem 13 News readers. Explain the presence of the blue and yellowish-orange flame colours. Dominick took this photo as well.

Blue, orange and white flames in a bowl.