Diatomaceous earth, diatomite - organogenous rocks formed mainly from single-cell algae shells - diatoms.
In addition, there may be remains of other organisms, detritic quartz and calcite, glauconite, clay substances and iron compounds.
Diatomaceous earth is white or yellowish-white, porous, light, soft, silty, not concise. It arises as a settlement of cold lakes and seas.
It is widely used in many industries as a filtering agent (inter alia in brewing), bleaching, drainage, refractory material, thermal, acoustic and electric insulation, as an absorbent of liquid fertilizers, disinfectants and insecticides, in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, artificial stones , water glass, dynamite (as a nitroglycerin stabilizer), in the paper industry, for cleaning, polishing, etc.
Species: pure F50
Name: Diatomaceous earth
Synonyms: diatomaceous earth, diatomite, diatomaceous earth, Kieselguhr
Chemical formula: SiO2