View of a sample of selenite, a form of gypsum

View of a sample of selenite, a form of gypsum

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Caption: Selenite. View of a sample of selenite, a form of gypsum (hydrated calcium sulphate). Gypsum is a common mineral deposit of precipitated salt (sedimentary evaporite). It is used in the making of plaster of Paris for construction, as a retarder in Portland cement, as a flux for pottery and as a fertilizer. This sample is from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England.

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Keywords: cement, fertilizer, gypsum, ingredient, mineral, plaster of paris, portland, portland cement, selenite

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