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Used as cat litter, food additive, water filtration and humidity indicator. Also a reliable substance to preserve field-collected leafs for molecular studies for variation in DNA.
Mark W. Chase; and Harold H. Hills.Silica Gel: An Ideal Material for Field Preservation of Leaf Samples for DNA Studies. Taxon. 1991, 40 (2), 215-220.
J. R. Zimmerman; W. E. Brittin. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies in Multiple Phase Systems: Lifetime of a Water Molecule in an Adsorbing Phase on Silica Gel. J. Phys. Chem. 1957, 61 (10), 1328-1333.
Hazard Statements: H335-H373
May cause respiratory irritation. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P271-P304+P340-P312-P314-P501c
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant