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  • an alkaline battery
  • Cancer blood is more alkaline than normal blood.
  • Alkaline solutions are typically slippery or soapy to the touch.
  • Living with a slightly alkaline soil is much easier and less expensive than trying to lower soil pH.

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  • The way to unlock the niacin in corn is to cook it with an alkali like lime.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • It has an alkaline soil so firm that airplanes can be towed and parked on the surface without sinking….
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It measures the pH level of your sweat, so you can tell when you need to hydrate with alkaline water.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • When the soil is too alkaline, which can be thought of as being too sweet, you need to add sulfur.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The skyline was monotonous and unchanging and I was fearful that we might drive through the pastel houses altogether and out into the alkali waste beyond, into some sun-beaten trailer park from the movies.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He drifted past saguaros and alkali flats, camped beneath escarpments of naked Precambrian stone.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • Its calculators can be set to any combination, so many amino acids, so much sulphur, so much butterfat and alkaline.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • His lungs burned from the harsh alkaline dust.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I collected a quantity of seaweed to spread over them, which was afterwards burnt to make alkali, when we returned to secure our harvest of pearls.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Neither did I put any sal-soda, or other acid or alkali, into my bread.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Now she had to wet the reddish stains with a solution of potassium chlorate, plain water, and soft alkaline lye, scrubbing them repeatedly until she managed to get them out, and this difficult job was added to her job of washing the black clothes her mother wore.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Its essence—highly alkaline.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The open country smelled clean, even when the wind blew and the dust rose with its acrid alkaline smell.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • The descriptive names followed: Paso de los Robles because of the oak trees; Los Laureles for the laurels; Tularcitos because of the reeds in the swamp; and Salinas for the alkali which was white as salt.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He tried to guess what the solutions were by smell, but failed; the shower was slippery, though, which meant it was alkaline.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The key that locks up the acids and caustic alkalies!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I drink the water and it’s alkaline, like soapy water.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • After all, water was still sweet, except for an alkaline river or two, like the Pecos.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The water was hot and it smelled of alkali but that didn’t make any difference.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • For the enlightenment of those who are not so intimately acquainted with the minutiae of the municipal abattoir as this morbidminded esthete and embryo philosopher who for all his overweening bumptiousness in things scientific can scarcely distinguish an acid from an alkali prides himself on being, it should perhaps be stated that staggering bob in the vile parlance of our lowerclass licensed victuallers signifies the cookable and eatable flesh of a calf newly dropped from its mother.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was an alkaline country, and hundreds of Indians died from bad water.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • And now what I need most is a razor to scrape the alkali and stubble off my face.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Thus she got her eyes full of dust—an alkali dust that made them sting and smart.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • It might be that alkali in an improperly cleaned flask had caused the clearing of the culture.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Shefford’s sore and blistered face felt better after he had washed off the sand and alkali dust.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • An occasional tombstone sign pointed the way, for once the drifted track that cut its way through the thick crust of alkali had been a highway and coaches had followed it.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • She wore ill-fitting false teeth, and her skin was as yellow as a Mongolian’s from constant exposure to a pitiless wind and to the alkaline water which hardens the most transparent cuticle into a sort of flexible leather.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • Says Monty, sarcastic as alkali water: ’Ed, we-all knowed you was a heap married man, but you’re some locoed to give yourself away.’
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But the miles brought compensation in other valleys, other bold, black upheavals of rock, and then again bare, boundless yellow plains, and sparsely cedared ridges, and white dry washes, ghastly in the sunlight, and dazzling beds of alkali, and then a desert space where golden and blue flowers bloomed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • The dune fields, the alkali flats, the whiteness, the whole white sea-bottomed world, the lines of white haze in the distance, the six-thousand-year-old mummified baby found in a cave near White City, yes, and there were animals that bleached themselves white over the eons, a once-brown mouse that color-matched itself to the gypsum drifts to escape the gaze of predators.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Then he stood there, too, and wept, let the tears flow down his cheeks, like those that had stung the cheeks of the English naval officer—the colorless liquid that flows at every hour everywhere in the world, so richly and bitterly that earth’s vale has poetically been named after it: an alkaline, salty liquid that our body secretes from glands when our nerves are subjected to the shock of pain, whether physical or psychological.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …village council who were working hard at all this business; and the record of their intense earnestness in getting to the bottom of some matter which in time past would have been thought quite trivial, as, for example, the due proportions of alkali and oil for soap-making for the village wash, or the exact heat of the water into which a leg of mutton should be plunged for boiling—all this joined to the utter absence of anything like party feeling, which even in a village assembly would…
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • [1] [Footnote 1: The poison of a snake is a powerful acid, and is counteracted by powerful alkalies, such as potash, ammonia, &c.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • …the Nevadas, I scan the noble Elk mountain and wind around its base, I see the Humboldt range, I thread the valley and cross the river, I see the clear waters of lake Tahoe, I see forests of majestic pines, Or crossing the great desert, the alkaline plains, I behold enchanting mirages of waters and meadows, Marking through these and after all, in duplicate slender lines, Bridging the three or four thousand miles of land travel, Tying the Eastern to the Western sea, The road between…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Over the millions of years that followed, the pale green alkaline lake grew shallower, and finally vanished.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Here he found the spring, a deep well of eddying water walled in by stones, and the overflow made a shallow stream meandering away between its borders of alkali, like a crust of salt.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Felice was a hard-bitten little alkali-water town with equally hard-bitten bettors.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • They trailed the tracks of the dog and burro to Bitter Seeps, a shallow spring of alkali, and there lost all track of them.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The choking alkaline smell of dust churned up in the arena, and the hot, clean smell of sunlight, the cool, clean smell of a cloud shadow.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Leavitt said that whenever possible, acidic and alkaline solutions were alternated.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • She had taken two wonderful trips down into the desert—one trip to Chiricahua, and from there across the waste of sand and rock and alkali and cactus to the Mexican borderline; and the other through the Aravaipa Valley, with its deep, red-walled canyons and wild fastnesses.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The body is too hot or too cold, too acid or too alkaline, there is too much oxygen or not enough.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But in the alkali deserts the water holes were poisonous, and the vegetation offered nothing to a starving man.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • He always found it, but the streams grew smaller and the water more alkaline.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Shefford drank, finding the water cold and sweet, without the bitter bite of alkali.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
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