Chemical Structure / July 20, 2018 / Reina Huffman
The chemical element barium is a heavy, soft, silvery-white metal that, like the element chlorine, always occurs combined in nature. Due to their reactivity, barium and chlorine form compounds naturally. The most common form of barium in nature is the salt barium sulfate, BaSO4, also known as the mineral barite. It is also the chief ore of barium. Barium chloride, another barium salt, can be manufactured by reacting barium sulfate with hydrochloric acid, HCl.
Solid sodium formate is used as a non-corrosive agent at airports for de-icing of runways in mix with corrosion inhibitors and other additives, which rapidly penetrate solid snow and ice layers, detach them from the asphalt or concrete and melt the ice rapidly. Sodium formate was also used as a road deicer in the city of Ottawa from 1987 to 1988.
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