Saltwater vs. Freshwater Humates
Humus–product resulting from decay of organic matter.
Contains both humic and non-humic material.
Humin–the alkali-insoluble fraction of leonardite. (The usage of this term does not correspond exactly with the usage by other workers.).
Humic substances–(plural) the collective name for the acid radicals found in humic matter. Typically separated from humic matter by alkaline extraction.
Humic acid–(singular) the acid radical found in humic matter which is soluble in alkali but insoluble in acid, methyl ethyl ketone, and methyl alcohol.
Humate–the salts of humic acids, collectively, or the salts of humic acid specifically. (The usage must be determined from the context.)
Fulvic acid--the acid radical found in humic matter which is soluble in alkali, acid, methyl ethyl ketone, and methyl alcohol.
Fulvates–the salts of fulvic acid.
Leonardite–a soft brown coal-like deposit usually found in conjunction with deposits of lignite.
Lignite–a type of soft coal.
Anasazi Gold mines from 75 million year old Freshwater plant deposits; as opposed to saltwater -Leonardite- or Canadian suppliers which offer coal-based humates; something that they do not tell you about is that it is toxic waste products from coal mining.
• Various forms of raw humus and humates exist including those produced by composting, industrial by-products and those created during ancient geological events. However, for the purpose of using humates and derivatives including humic and fulvic acids, we will provide a brief overview of what you, the buyer of products, should understand if you want the best product for your money. When shopping around, it is in your best interest to know where a company sources their raw materials, processing methods, their scientific knowledge of the products and scientific research documents to back their claims. We encourage you to explore this and remember that price is not the most important factor when deciding on a product. There’s a lot of junk out there so buyer beware!
• Leonardite refers to slack (oxidized) lignite; typically found in North Dakota, Wyoming and other locations around the world [the term was first coined by Dr. Leonard at the University of ND]. This exact material has a good amount of humic, but is lower in fulvic. However, now this term has spread and many people refer to humates in general as Leonardite. Leonardite is salt water reed/sedge based.
• A high-grade raw humate might be very effective at raising the yield by 20% or more with just 50lbs per acre of a 70-80% humic acid material. A humate of 34% humic requires 250-300 times more per acre of raw material to do the same job. What is the price and what is a pound of humic acid going to be delivered with current freight rates?