from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as strontia: so named by Dr. Hope, who first obtained this earth from strontianite, or native carbonate of strontium.
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All the earths are more or less endowed with alkaline properties; but there are four, barytes, magnesia, lime, and strontites, which are called _alkaline earths_, because they possess those qualities in so great a degree, as to entitle them, in most respects, to the rank of alkalies.
One of the remarkable characteristic properties of strontites is, that its salts, when dissolved in spirit of wine, tinge the flame of a deep red, or blood colour.
You might, indeed, almost confine that number to four; for barytes, strontites, and the others of late discovery, act but so small a part in this great theatre, that they cannot be reckoned as essential to the general formation of the globe.
H Hare, Robert Junr. his account of the fusion of strontites and volatilisa - tion of platinum, and also of a new arrangement of his apparatus,
(barytes and strontites) with the alkalies; but as lime and magnesia have almost an equal title to that rank, I think it better not to separate them, and therefore have adopted the common method of classing them with the earths, and of distinguishing them by the name of