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Mineral of the month: potash

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In 1807, Sir Humphrey Davy discovered a metal during the electrolysis of potassium hydroxide; he named the metal potassium because it came from potash recovered from wood ashes. The four types of potash are the water-soluble compounds potassium chloride, potassium sulfate, potassium-magnesium sulfate and potassium nitrate. The early uses of potash were in glass and soap manufacturing, as a diuretic, and another form was used in gunpowder.

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Title:
Mineral of the month: potash
Series title:
Geotimes
Volume
2005
Issue:
February
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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