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Saltpeter definition, the form of potassium nitrate, KNO 3 , that occurs naturally, used in the manufacture of fireworks, fluxes, gunpowder, etc.; niter. See more.

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Geology and History of Confederate Saltpeter Cave - Virginia ...
Virginia's saltpeter caves are scattered over numerous western counties and, like many caverns, not easy to locate. Consequently, the niter cave operations ...
The Etymology of Saltpeter - JStor
This was the main source of saltpeter for the ancient Near East, and saltpeter was described as a kind of earth. The Egyptian word for saltpeter was ntr.
Origin of Cave Saltpeter - JStor
Cave National Park, Kentucky (a saltpeter cave), and New Cave, Carlsbad ... Mexico (a bat guano cave), indicate that cave saltpeter derives from seeping ...
Examining Early Nineteenth Century Saltpeter Caves - The National ...
M. Susan Duncan-Examining Early Nineteenth Century Saltpeter Caves: An Archaeological Perspective. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 59(2): 91-94.
The United States Saltpeter Cave Survey, 2006 - The National ...
from the 1994 Saltpeter Cave Survey, published in the Journal of Spelean History (Jan-Mar .... Alphabetical Listing of U.S.

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Poem-A-Day - 'When Doves' by RA Villanueva
by hand, a man points to where rock doves would be brought to nest, their eggs tended by priests, and the cave locked at sundown, guarded by hired knives.
St. Patrick's Day means corned beef and cabbage
Supermarkets typically charge a little less for the point cut, and both types are brined with salt and saltpeter (potassium nitrate), the latter giving corned beef its signature pink color.
Brine-Your-Own Corned Beef and Cabbage
But if you're into healthier cooking, you might want to brine your own beef, leaving out the saltpeter. Known as potassium nitrate, saltpeter is often used to cure meat and is what gives the corned beef that familiar pink color.
Chef Foster: Green beer and green cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day? I prefer
The recipe is simple, requiring salt (and a curing salt for safer preservation, this was once saltpeter, no longer used) some spices, water and perhaps some vinegar.
Oil Spills Stain Peruvian Amazon
“But some oil spills can also function as anthropic saltpeter beds because the water extracted from the oil deposits is extremely saline, as has been dissolving subsurface rocks for years,” he adds.

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