Science: Borax in Business

In the Mojave Desert, Kern County, Calif., a kernite* mine has been discovered which will revolutionize the borax industry, according to Dr. Waldemar T. Schaller of the U. S. Geological Survey. When washed and recrystallized, kermite is ready for market as pure sodium borate. All previous processes of manufacturing borax have been costly, complicated, unsatisfactory. Italy has condensed volcanic steam containing boric acid to get it; Chile has refined and purified ulexite at great expense; the U. S. has mined borax from mineral deposits around Death Valley, a process dangerous and difficult; or has manufactured it from brine, a method in...

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