Sustainable Benefits of Gypsum

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What is Gypsum?

Gypsum mineral is non-toxic. It is a very common sulfate and represented as CaSO4.2H2O and chemically known as calcium sulfate dihydrate. It consists of water and calcium sulphate attached to oxygen. Gypsum is helpful to animals, humans, and plants. Calcium sulphate, generally called natural gypsum, is obtained from nature in different forms, often as dihydrate (CaSO 4 2H 2 O) and as anhydrite (CaSO 4 ), which are the result of total or partial evaporation of inland seas and lakes. Both anhydrite and dihydrate exist in nature in a variety of forms. Depending upon the types, the uses of gypsum varies.

Uses of Gypsum Powder

Heating produces a white powder from gypsumstone. This fine powder is smooth and is called gypsum powder. It is first crushed, heat-dried and then powdered.

1. Gypsum is applied as fertilizer.

2. Gypsum helps to prevents soil erosion, improves soil composition, helps water and air movement, and promotes growth of plant root.

3. Gypsum helps to balance micronutrients present in soil.

4. Gypsum powder has an important role in making drywalls.

5. Gypsum powder has application in the preparation of various types of tofu.

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