Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The potash train, overhead!


Luckily for the blog, the train was going over just as our bus was going under.
I'm pretty sure it is the potash train.
It transports potash from the Dead Sea Works at Sodom (see some great pictures of the place at BibleWalks.com) through the Negev to Ashdod port on the Mediterranean.
(Linking to Signs, signs and  ABC Wednesday.)


Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina! I had no idea what potash was, but I understand that it is a kind of mineral? Used in fertilizers.
Blogging is interesting because of all the information one gets.
Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team.

William Kendall said...

Is that black cloud smoke from the train?

Dina said...

Wil, yes, you got it. In fact, Wikipedia says "The term "potash" comes from the Old Dutch word potaschen. The old method of making potassium carbonate (K2CO3) was by leaching of wood ashes and then evaporating the resulting solution in large iron pots, leaving a white residue called "pot ash"."

William, oops, that blotch was something sticky stuck to the bus window (I realize only now).

Ann said...

Oh how facinating, anything to do with the Dead Sea Scrolls interests me. I'm talking about a train today too.

William Kendall said...

I was wondering! Thanks, Dina!

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting piece on construction

Cloudia said...

Photo conveys a powerful sense of being there.

ALOHA from Honolulu


retriever said...

Interesting article about this mineral
GOOD Day and weekend!
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VP said...

Sorry for the Dutch, but both potash (K2CO3) and potasssium (K) come straight from the Latin potassa and potassium, all the rest is a funny story. As you say, potash does exist in nature as mineral and it had a name well before somebody discovered that there is a bit of it in plant ashes, which almost nobody burns in pots.

Hilda said...

The cars have a very interesting shape. I had to search for potash to find out what it is.

Dina said...

VP, I was thinking Reader Wil (from The Netherlands) would enjoy the Old Dutch word explanation.

Kay said...

Wow! So salt from Sodom as in Sodom and Gomorrah?

VP said...

Dina - The story is nice like, many others of this kind. It is worrying that you can find it as a 'fact' on Wikipedia...