diatomaceous earth

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Big Daddy

Manchester, KY

#1 Sep 4, 2009
diatomaceous earth - shell flour
Anybody using or have info on this product
Wondering

Barbourville, KY

#2 Sep 4, 2009
Big Daddy wrote:
diatomaceous earth - shell flour
Anybody using or have info on this product
Diatomaceous earth (pronounced /ˌdaɪ.&# 601;tɵˌme ɪʃə s ˈɜr&#952 ;/) also known as DE, TSS, diatomite, diahydro, kieselguhr, kieselgur, brand names include Celatom or celite is a naturally occurring, soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. This powder has an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and is very light, due to its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of diatomaceous earth is 86% silica, 5% sodium, 3% magnesium and 2% iron.

Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, as a mild abrasive, as a mechanical insecticide, as an absorbent for liquids, as cat litter, as an activator in blood clotting studies, and as a component of dynamite. As it is also heat-resistant, it can be used as a thermal insulator.

There's more info at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_ear...

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