ALTERNATIVE NAMES

  • Epsom salt

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Colorless crystals
  • Salty, bitter taste

DENSITY

  • 2.65 (A)
  • 1.678 ( B)

     ( A ) Loses its form at 1124  0C

(B) Loses its form at 200  0C

SOLUBILITY

  • Dissolves in water and glycerin
  • Less soluble in alcohol

EFFECTS

Does not catch fire and is less poisonous

PREPARATION

  • Obtained by the reaction of sulfuric acid on magnesium oxide
  • Present in natural mineral form

GRADES

  • Technical, U S P, F C C

USES

  • In Textile industry for cotton goods sizing and to increase the weight of silk
  • For cotton fabric printing

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