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|Title:||The rise and fall of the salitre (sodium nitrate) industry|
|Abstract:||The nitrate fields in Chile are exceptional for their mineral content and unknown origin and serve as an excellent example how a chemical technology can arise to create a very large and almost exclusive market, to be sent then almost into oblivion by competing technologies. The income from sodium nitrate export provided for many years almost 50% of the income of the Chilean government and a large part of the world needs for fertilizers. Development of the Haber-Basch process for ammonia synthesis resulted in the crash of the dream and a serious economic crisis for Chile.|
|ISSN:||0975-0991 (Online); 0971-457X (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJCT Vol.08(5) [September 2001]|
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