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Re: aqua regia

On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, George Slusarczuk wrote:
> While I agree with most of what you said, "aqua regia" -- "royal water"
> - -- is a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid (NOT sulfuric) and it
> will dissolve metallic gold (hence the "royal").

You are, of course, right.  I should have checked that before I wrote the
letter rather than depending on my memory.  The concept remains the same,
as most all of us have chloride and nitrate in our tanks, and it doesn't
make a strong, dangerously corrosive solution.

Roger Miller