Potassium nitrate is a natural substance found in your food or in an exploding firework. What makes it so versatile?
- Potassium nitrate preserves our food and is a component of gunpowder.
- Nitrate salts are made using the Haber Process.
- Potassium nitrate forms naturally on rocks in caves.
- Potassium nitrate kills a bacterium, which secretes a deadly poison.
There's one ingredient that was key in Guy Fawkes' plot to blow up parliament... which also keeps meat fresh in your fridge today.
It's called potassium nitrate.
A chemical compound consisting of potassium, nitrogen and oxygen. Potassium nitrate forms naturally on rocks in sheltered areas like caves.
And particularly in soils rich ...
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