Potassium is not found free in nature but is found in the form of potash. Potash is the ore of potassium and this ore is mined from deep down the earth or can sometimes be found on the surface. Potash was mostly formed as sea water receded and left deposits.Potash is usually in the form of potassium salts such potassium chloride and potassium sulphate. The potash is mined then taken to the factory where it is crushed and purified by removing such impurities as clay.The now purified potassium salts are subjected to a process called electrolysis where potassium metal is obtained from its salt.
PLEASE HELP IM SO CONFUSED How does potassium need to be modified either on site or in a factory to make it useful. This should include a discussion on the capture of a gas or the transportation of a solid element to a processing plant.