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guano

(gwä`nō), dried excrement of sea birds and bats found principally on the coastal islands of Peru, Africa, Chile, and the West Indies. It contains about 6% phosphorus, 9% nitrogen, 2% potassium, and moisture. Guano is found mixed with feathers and bones and is used as a fertilizer.

Guano

 

the decomposed (in dry climate) droppings of gulls and other sea fowl.

Guano is used as a valuable nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer; it contains about 9 percent nitrogen and 13 percent phosphoric acid, potassium, and calcium. Accumulations of guano are found on islands off the coasts of Chile, Peru, and South Africa as well as on the islands of the Caribbean. Guano is also the name given to the artificially prepared (mainly in Japan and Norway) mineral fertilizers from the waste products of the fishing and seal-hunting industries.

guano

[′gwän·ō]
(materials)
Phosphate- and nitrogen-rich, partially decomposed excrement of seabirds; used as a fertilizer.

guano

1. 
a. the dried excrement of fish-eating sea birds, deposited in rocky coastal regions of South America: contains the urates, oxalates, and phosphates of ammonium and calcium; used as a fertilizer
b. the accumulated droppings of bats and seals
2. any similar but artificial substance used as a fertilizer
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since the orders of the guano contractors over guano production ended, commerce had to export cash every day in greater proportions to replace the lack of bills [of exchange] that constituted, from thirty years ago, the main means of payment of our business with the outside world.
Water started pouring into the ship, and the cargo of guano clogged up the emergency pumps.
Bats release guano as they fly, which is a natural fertilizer and feeds the soil, she said.
In the winter the build-up of guano can cause slippery surfaces on the platforms and ladders, and, come summer, the warm weather turns the faeces into powder form that can be inhaled or blown into engineers' eyes.
Viking's maiden voyage was via Hamburg to Callao (Peru) with a cargo of coal and back to Hamburg with a cargo of guano (bird droppings) much valued as a fertiliser.
If pigeon poo was as valuable as the seabird guano that keeps some South Sea island economies afloat, the GRA's financial problems would be over.
The 51-year-old had stepped casually onto the side of a helicopter before it took off and into the sky above Guano Point on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

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