General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications (10th Edition)

Heating the group 2 carbonates $\left(\mathrm{MCO}_{3}\right)$ results in the formation of the corresponding oxide (MCO) except $\mathrm{Be}$. One method, however, for preparing BeO is to burn $\mathrm{Be}(\mathrm{s})$ in $\mathrm{O}_{2}$.