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Saltpeter

the form of potassium nitrate, KNO3, that occurs naturally, used in the manufacture of fireworks, fluxes, gunpowder, etc.; niter. 2.

Saltpeter is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, Saltpeter books and related discussion.

Suggested Pdf Resources

GEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF CONFEDERATE SALTPETER CAVE
EXAMINING EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY SALTPETER CAVES
M. Susan Duncan-Examining Early Nineteenth Century Saltpeter Caves: An Archaeological Perspective. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 59(2): 91-94.
Saltpeter
Number 047. June, 2008. Saltpeter.
The Speleography of Great Salt Peter Cave
No. 9, September 1967. 169.
Saltpeter extraction and modelling of caliche mineral heap leaching

Suggested News Resources

The Confederate of the Sierra Madre
The trading houses of Monterrey, Vidaurri told his guest, could provide the South with essential war supplies — not only lead, powder, saltpeter, copper and bronze, but also flour, cloth and shoes.
Going underground at Mammoth Cave sure way to beat heat
For a time, the cave served as a valuable source of saltpeter, an ingredient for gunpowder. Mammoth Cave played a key role in supplying saltpeter for the young nation's military during the War of 1812. The first tours started in 1816.
Watery end for Shady Lady
In June, old salt Peter Charles, 70, told the NewsMail his upcoming participation in the Darwin to Ambon race would be one of his seafaring highlights – and he wasn't wrong.
Gray Matter: Easy DIY Gunpowder
Saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal, listed with exact percentages! That was heady stuff for a kid who had been forced to rely on collecting match heads for flammable material. But where to get the ingredients?
Residents Experience a 200-Year-Old Battle
The stench of saltpeter settled as the men began to reload. During the War of 1812, almost 200 years ago, this reenactment was a reality for the residents of Washington DC and the surrounding areas.

Suggested Web Resources

Saltpeter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saltpeter or saltpetre often refers to: Potassium nitrate, or the mineral niter, the critical oxidizing component of gunpowder, and a food preservative.
Potassium nitrate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
snopes.com: Saltpeter in the Military
Aug 2, 2007 Potassium Nitrate! Saltpeter! The military used to put it in the eggs at breakfast so a certain "joint" wouldn't get stiff when it wasn't supposed to.
The Straight Dope: Does saltpeter suppress male ardor?
saltpeter | eBay
eBay: saltpeter.

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