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The Chilean nitrate deposits.

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Abstract

The nitrate deposits in the arid Atacama desert of northern Chile consist of saline-cemented surficial material, apparently formed in and near a playa lake that formerly covered the area. Many features of their distribution and chemical composition are unique. The author believes the principal sources of the saline constituents were the volcanic rocks of late Tertiary and Quaternary age in the Andes and that the nitrate is of organic origin. Possible sources of the nitrate, iodate, perchlorate and chromate are discussed. -J.J.Robertson

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The Chilean nitrate deposits.
Series title:
American Scientist
Volume
71
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
American Scientist
First page:
366
Last page:
374