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white alkali

Agriculture. a whitish layer of mineral salts, especially sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, and magnesium sulfate, often occurring on top of soils where rainfall is low.
refined soda ash. Unabridged
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  • There was no possibility of their missing the trail—as distinct in the white alkali as in snow.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Beneath our horses' hoofs the white alkali crust which thinly covers the desert floor, crumbles and breaks.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • This solution is again treated by the ordinary ammonia-soda process for the production of bicarbonate of soda and white alkali.

  • The spot is surrounded by a white alkali desert, covered in places with salt and alkali deposits.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens
  • The white alkali trail spoke hard and loud beneath the horses hoof-irons.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The wallows lay in thousands, the white alkali showing in circles which almost touched edge to edge.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • He took off his Stetson and removed its thin powdering of white alkali dust by slapping it noisily against his leather chaps.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • white alkali is not so fatal, yet many good shepherds lose lambs by allowing them to nibble around alkali beds.

  • Most sheep sick from this ailment will have a white alkali substance adhering to their nostrils.

  • In some parts there were fields of white alkali, making the lips salt and the eyes smart painfully.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water

    Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for white alkali

white alkali

refined sodium carbonate
any of several mineral salts, esp sodium sulphate, sodium chloride, and magnesium sulphate, that often appear on the surface of soils as a whitish layer in dry conditions
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