Grinding Wood Pulp, Norway

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If you examine a piece of paper, you will notice its body is made of fibers. These fibers may be taken from rags, reeds, straw, grass, or wood. The best quality of stationery you use is made of rags. Norway is one of the countries that produce a great deal of paper made from wood. It has large forests of soft woods, and swift streams to furnish power to drive machinery. Sweden has similar conditions. The markets of Europe are near at hand. England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Denmark must purchase paper made outside these countries. Why? Every country in Europe except Spain and Russia is a purchaser of paper made somewhere else. The paper industry of Norway is therefore very important. The soft wood is cut into blocks about 30 inches in length. Then these blocks are brought into the pulp room on little cars such as you see. The wood is next piled on the platforms. Here the pieces of wood are put into feed boxes that lead to revolving grindstones. There are 8 boxes at each platform, so that 8 blocks are ground at once. A stream of water pours on the wood from hose coming from above. This softens the wood, and allows it to be shredded without breaking its fibers entirely to pieces. The shredded wood drops to the floor below and is there sorted, squeezed dry, crushed once more, this time into sheets, and put into vats. In these vats the clays, and other fillers are put to make the paper smooth. Then the pulp is run through many other machines from which it comes as the paper you know. Where is most of our paper made? In what parts of the United States are the forests from which we get the wood to make pulp? Keystone ID: 13467 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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