In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Maybe Boone noticed crystals of potassium nitrate there, because the deep, loose floor was soon being mined for niter to make gunpowder.
- The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean.
- Various reflecting surfaces were used: polished metallic rocks such as obsidian, pyrite, and iron; rock crystal; and an alloy of rose copper and tin, plus an alchemical brew consisting of white arsenic, red tartar, and nitre.
- Nitre, or niter, is also used to manufacture gunpowder.
- The fresh juice supplying 30 percent potassium and the mucilage a good amount of niter and sodium.
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