All about baking soda

For the past several days, I have abstained from reading any worthwhile article.I have voluntarily avoided using the internet.I was away in Kerala attending a wedding.I came back today to my favourite pastime. Yes,  I have an enormous amount of material to read.

One of the first items I noticed was a very informative  essay on baking soda. The very first paragraph itself was loaded with fascinating accounts of the use of baking soda:

” We here at Grist talk a lot about baking soda: how to clean our homes and laundryand hair and teeth and armpits with it, how to kill mold with it, and, naturally, how to cook up tasty treats with it.”

The article in grist.org  turned out to be a very useful resource on baking soda. It gave the following information among others:

  • People mine ninety percent of sodium carbonate using which baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is produced in USA from Wyoming’s Green River Basin.
  • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming alone contains 56 billion tons of pure layered trona, plus 47 billion more tons mixed with other minerals. We’re only tapping trona at the rate of 15 million tons per year; the Wyoming Mining Association estimates that we have enough on hand to last more than 2,000 year

You may access the story  and enjoy the content at :

Where does baking soda come from, and is it really so eco-friendly?

 

 

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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