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Ghosts of Nitrates Past

April 16th 2012
Valuable metals aren't the only thing to come out of northern Chile's barren ground. For a few short decades between the 1870s and the 1920s, this part of the world played a crucial role in world development as well as Chile's economic fortunes. The reason? Plants need nitrogen to grow - but they can't extract it from air which is, in fact, full of it. Cultivating crops successf ... read more
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Chilean Flag Prior to the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while Araucanian Indians inhabited central and southern Chile; the latter were not completely subjugated until the early 1880s. Although Chile declared its ind... ... read more
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Tot: 1.121s; Tpl: 0.008s; cc: 24; qc: 101; dbt: 0.1034s; 101; m:apollo w:www (50.28.60.10); sld: 3; ; mem: 6.8mb