Gypsum is a very soft mineral that, by its hardness, cleavage, and water solubility, is easily known. In a wide range of uses, gypsum is used: gypsum board is commonly used as a finish for walls and ceilings, and is known as drywall, wallboard, sheetrock or plasterboard in building. Gypsum bricks in building construction are used as concrete blocks.
In the manufacture of drywall, drywall compounds, and asphalt, concrete and concrete products, gypsum is used. Can cause cancer (Inhalation). Causes damage to organs by extended or chronic contact (lung/respiratory system, kidneys).
Gypsum allows soil to absorb water better and lowers erosion. It also decreases the flow of phosphorus from soil to lakes and waterways and among other advantages, increases the consistency of different fruits and vegetables.