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Mineral of the month: gypsum

January 1, 2013

The earliest known use of gypsum as a building material was in Anatolia (in what is now Turkey) around 6000 B.C. It has been found on the interiors of the great pyramids in Egypt, which were erected in about 3700 B.C. Now an average new American home contains more than 7 metric tons of gypsum in the form of more than 6,000 square feet of wallboard.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Mineral of the month: gypsum
Authors Alan Founie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70045828
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center