June 2003
Volume 45 Number 6
 

Salt & Chemicals: Latin America`s Salt Industry
by Dick Hanneman   Pages: 

Salt is one of the most common substances on Earth and is as vital a foundation for modern civilization as it has been throughout recorded history. Life depends on it. Salt is an essential nutrient for humans and animals. Quality of life depends on it. Unlocking the ions of sodium chloride has made possible the miracles of chlorine chemistry. As a chemical feedstock for the production of chlorine and caustic soda (NaOH) and synthetic soda ash (Na2CO3), salt retains a modern importance rivaling its cultural and political significance of yesteryear.


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