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Post-modern Porta-potty leads to P discovery!

April 3, 2011

Here’s an ironic story:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/dunny-sits-on-hidden-riches/story-e6frfh4f-1226031577131

A phosphorus exploration company dug a hole to make a temporary pit toilet for their workers.  When they dug, they quickly hit upon layers of P-rich nodules in an area they hadn’t expected.  This led to changes in the exploration plan and likely to the proposed mine.

An extra irony is that the article’s author, in writing “with nitrogen and urea being added to the hole daily”, seems not to know that excrement and urine also contain P.

Anyway, talk about “recycling”!

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