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What is Bat Guanamo?

What is Bat Guanamo?

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What properties does it have and what are the main components? Alvaro Reinoso, in his book “Ensayos sobre el cultivo de la caña de azúcar”, (“Essays on sugar-cane cultivation”), first printed in Havana in1862, said the following about bat guano: “There are, in Cuba, a great number of caves providing a considerable supply of the richest fertilizer. In these caves, where bats shelter, a fertilizer has accumulated, a true guano, the result of a mixture of solid and liquid excrement, the remains of the fruit that fed the animals, and their own carcasses. All these materials, sheltered from the sun, air and rain, form a rich mix of nitrogenous, carbonaceous and saline elements. They contain uric acid, ammonium urate, nitrates, phosphates and calcium carbonate, alkaline salts, etc. The huge quantity…
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How is bat guano formed?

How is bat guano formed?

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As can be seen, bat guano is made up of a wide range of mineral and organic substances, which give the product unique properties that are not enjoyed by any other naturally-occurring fertilizer. The formation of bat guano is a complicated process, affected by diverse components, factors and processes. Some say that bat guano is a non-renewable resource, because it takes a long time to form. However, others think that guano can be produced in a short time, without affecting either bats or cave. We believe that both statements have strong foundations and arguments. All agree that the formation of bat guano depends basically on organic compounds, mineral compounds and humidity. Over the course of time, these compounds produce different types of guano, which we will describe later. The easiest…
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