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Calcium nitrate
Calcium nitrate, also called Norgessalpeter (Norwegian saltpeter), is the inorganic compound with the formula Ca(NO3)2. This colourless salt absorbs moisture from the air and is commonly found as a tetrahydrate. It is mainly used as a component in fertilizers but has other applications. Nitrocalcite is the name for a mineral which is a hydrated calcium nitrate that forms as an efflorescence where manure contacts concrete or limestone in a dry environment as in stables or caverns. A variety of related salts are known including calcium ammonium nitrate decahydrate and calcium potassium nitrate decahydrate.

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nitrocalcite

Noun
1. the mineral form of calcium nitrate
(hypernym) mineral


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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Nitrocalcite
(n.)
Nitrate of calcium, a substance having a grayish white color, occuring in efforescences on old walls, and in limestone caves, especially where there exists decaying animal matter.
  

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Nitrocalcite

General Information:
 Chemical Formula:
Ca(NO3)2·4(H2O)
 Composition:
(Molecular Weight = 236.15 gm)
Calcium 16.97 % Ca
Hydrogen 3.41 % 
Nitrogen 11.86 % 
Oxygen 67.75 % 
 Empirical Formula:
Ca(NO3)2·4(H2O)
Physical Properties:
 Cleavage:
[???] Perfect
 Color:
gray, gray white, or white.
 Density:
1.9
 Diaphaniety:
Transparent
 Habits:
Massive - Uniformly indistinguishable crystals forming large masses., ,
 Hardness:
1-2 - Between Talc and Gypsum
 Luminescence:
Non-fluorescent.
 Luster:
Vitreous (Glassy)
 Streak:
white
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