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po·tas·si·um ni·trate

sometimes used as a diuretic and diaphoretic; formerly it was included in asthmatic powders containing stramonium leaves.
Synonym(s): niter, saltpeter
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, saltpetre (salt′pēt′ĕr) [L. sal petrae, salt of rock]
A common name for potassium nitrate.
CAS # 7757-79-1

Chile saltpeter

A common name for sodium nitrate, NaNO3; a crystalline powder, saline in taste and soluble in water.
CAS # 7631-99-4
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Beginning with Henry VIII's interest and investment in artillery and moving through Elizabeth I's escalating wars with Spain, but briefly interrupted by James I's peaceful early years, England's demand for saltpeter continued to rise.
Kinetics of ammonium saltpeter decomposition in an open system.
In doing so, estimating unit costs based on the fluctuating price of a major material, saltpeter, was an effective way.
The arrival in the saltpeter pampa of foreign labourers from the southern Atacama Desert valleys and from neighbouring ports and inland oases, as well as migrations from the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes, was sustained by the arrival of capital, entrepreneurs, engineers and European technicians, mainly from England, who built a modern, cosmopolitan industrial complex that culminated in the construction of the first railway lines (1872).
Another bodily waste, human urine, also was used in the manufacture of saltpeter; stale urine and straw were set to sour for many months in a nitrate production process.
"The flytches be then put in salten leds and rubbed with a messe made with 3 punds of salt, 3 punds of black sugar and some saltpeter and soda.
Bringing the reader on a tour underground, Missouri Caves in History and Legend reveals what caves have to tell us about extinct species and early Native Americans; how caves were used to mine saltpeter, onyx, and guano; how caves became hideouts for Civil War soldiers and notorious outlaws such as Jesse James; and much more.
search for the king in the streets or in the angles of saltpeter.
Today, incense has become so popular that in many parts of the world it no longer retains any natural substances but instead has become a synthetic imitation full of potentially unhealthy substances, such as synthetic glues, saltpeter, fragrances, ground-up sawdust (from non-incense trees), and more.
Some schools of thought attribute it to a Chinese cook accidentally combining three common kitchen ingredients, saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur, and when the mixture was heated and dried to a black powder it went off with a loud bang.
They used cardboard, model glue, saltpeter, scrap metal, and the application of Newton's third law of action and reaction.
of Bath, UK) has organized the 20 papers into sections on modern perceptions and ancient knowledge, the production of saltpeter and gunpowder in Europe, the overseas transfer of technology from Europe, military technicalities, and modern developments.