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Re: Nitrogen absortion. (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 04:11:01 -0400
From: Dave Pierson <davep@xxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Nitrogen absortion. (fwd)

>Subject: Re: Nitrogen absortion.
    At the time, and since, electric arc/spark was routine to 'fix'
    atmospheric Nitrogen, making it ueful for fertilizer.  Lightning
    does same naturally, to some extent.  Nitrogen is abundant in
    atmosphere, (60%+?) BUT, frustratingly near inert.  'nitrates'
    of various sorts are routinely used as fertilizers.  AT the time,
    'fixing the nitrogen' was one 'buzz phrase': the N was made available
    for biological use, by conveting to various nitrates.  Some are now
    known to be toxic.