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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.