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Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: KNO3
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 101.10 gm
   Potassium  38.67 %  K    46.58 % K2O
   Nitrogen   13.85 %  N    53.42 % N2O5
   Oxygen     47.47 %  O
             ______        ______ 
             100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: K(NO3)
Help on Environment: Environment: Efflorescence on cavern walls.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
Help on Locality: Locality: Limestone caves in Kentucky and Tennessee. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named derived from Herbraic neter, used in ancient times for alkaline salts extracted by water from vegetable ashes.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Niter Say NITER
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 10289
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