What are the uses of magnesium nitrate?


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One of the major uses of magnesium nitrate is in pyrotechnics. This compound is known as a form of hygroscopic salt.

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Magnesium nitrate has many different practical applications. One of these is that it is a component in some fertilizer blends. The blends are used in the hydroponics and greenhouse trade. Another major use of the compound is as a catalyst for the manufacturing of petrochemicals. Other applications include the ceramics and printing industries. The type that is used in commercial applications is a man-made product.

Magnesium nitrate is typically found in mines and caves. It is found in the form of nitromagnesite, which is not a common form of it. It is composed of magnesium, nitrogen and oxygen. Magnesium nitrate is extremely soluble in ethanol and water.

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