Gypsum is a common mineral with commercial applications.
Gypsum is a sulfate mineral that is composed of calcium sulfate. Also called celenite, gypsum is a common component in different plasters that is used in the manufacture of wall board panels. Does this Spark an idea?
Gypsum in Nature
Gypsum is found in areas that in the geologic past contained bodies of water or were subject to flooding. When these waters evaporated the gypsum was left behind.
Layered Gypsum in Nature
Each new flood that occurred would deposit a new layer of gypsum. These layers formed into a sedimentary rock composed of layered gypsum. Layered gypsum can be found in areas such as Baja California and the Persian Gulf.
Layered Gypsum in Commercial Applications
Layered gypsum can be used to create plaster wall board panels. In this case gypsum is usually mixed with different polymers to create boards that are strong enough to be used for commercial applications, but that are light enough for practical use.