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Scope note
A naturally occurring metallic element with symbol K and atomic number 19. Potassium is a soft, silvery-white metal that rapidly oxidizes in moist air. It does not occur in nature in the free state because it is highly reactive. It is found mainly as potassium chloride (sylvite) and in clays (orthoclase, microcline). Major potassium salt deposits include the Great Salt Lake and Salduro Marsh in Utah and the Dead Sea between Israel and Jordan. Potassium salts are used to make fertilizer and hardened glass.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024