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Offline mohdmerhi

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Gypsum Identification
« on: August 22, 2012, 04:38:37 PM »
Hi

Is there a fast way to check if the salt deposits I can see in my experiment are dihydrated Calcium Sulfate?

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Re: Gypsum Identification
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 05:07:48 PM »
There are chemical reactions specific to calcium and sulfate, yes.  You might also be able to identify the crystals by their physical properties.
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Re: Gypsum Identification
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 07:15:57 AM »
What instruments do you have access to?

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Re: Gypsum Identification
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 08:58:13 AM »
As a first approximation try an elemental analysis. Do you at least have Ca / S in them? :)

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