Manganese ore is a silver-gray metal with a pinkish tinge. It is a hard metallic element although it is quite brittle. Manganese ores are found in metamorphic rocks or sedimentary deposits.
What Is Manganese Ore Used For?
Manganese ore is alloyed with steel to improve hardness which is essential in the manufacturing of construction materials. It has a similar application when alloyed with aluminium and helps to reduce corrosion and is used in the manufacturing of beverage cans.
Manganese metal is used as a colourant in bricks and ceramics and is a catalyst and oxidizer. Manganese dioxide is used in dry cell batteries, in black paints to quicken drying time, to decolour glass and in the manufacture of ferroalloys.