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  •  2 entries found for guano. ( (none)
    gua·no  Pronunciation Key  (gwän)
    n. pl. gua·nos

       1. A substance composed chiefly of the dung of sea birds or bats, accumulated along certain coastal areas or in caves and used as fertilizer.
       2. Any of various similar substances, such as a fertilizer prepared from ground fish parts.

    From Wikidedia:

    The dry climate of the area had permitted the accumulation and preservation of huge quantities of high-quality nitrate deposits -guano and saltpeter- over thousands of years. The discovery during the 1840s of their use as fertilizer and as a key ingredient in explosives made the area strategically valuable; Bolivia, Chile and Peru had suddenly found themselves sitting on the largest reserves of a resource that the world needed for economic and military expansion.

    Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
    You can kill one, but another is born.
    The words are written down, the deed, the date.

    Czeslaw Milosz

    by Chris Kulczycki on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 01:32:54 PM PST

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