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Subject: What are the reducing and oxidizing regions of a flame?

Date: Tue Aug 15 00:40:11 2000
Posted by Tobin
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Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 966314411.Ch

I understand the basis of the redox reaction occuring, but I am not certain 
why there are regions in a flame.  A picture I am looking at shows the lower 
pale blue portion to be the reducing region and the the upper to be the 
oxidizing. What is oxidized/reduced in these regions? As an extension, would 
it matter what part of the flame you put a sample in for a simple flame 
test? Thank you for your service.

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