Deposit of sodium nitrate.
3 Uses of Sodium Nitrate:
Contains the nitrate anion (NO3−), useful for several reactions carried out in fertilizer production.
Used as a preservative/color fixative in meat and poultry.
Nitric Acid Production
Can be combined with sulfuric acid to make nitric acid.
- Large deposits have constantly been found in the Atacama Desert in South America, mainly Chile and Peru.
- The first shipment to come to Europe arrived in England in the early 1820's.
- Natural deposits are usually found within caliche ore deposits.