mining 3-Western Gypsite

Gypsum is a soft mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate.  This sedimentary rock is found throughout the world and one of the most widely used — more than 30 million tons of it is consumed each year.  While industries, such as construction, use an overwhelming amount of it, gypsum also is used much in agriculture and for home use.
The strong appeal for gypsum is that it is non-toxic, as well as very safe and helpful for humans, animals, plant life, and the environment.
Gypsite is a rock deposit that contains an abundance of the mineral gypsum (CaSO4.2H2O), along with other trace elements, such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium, and iron.  These trace elements are not usually found in hard rock gypsum deposits.
Gypsite is usually found in primarily two distinct geological settings: (1) Hard rock gypsum deposits with a variety of gypsum containing dirt and organic matter.  It is usually found in arid regions; or (2) In certain recent saline lake beds as muds that contain minute crystals of gypsum and Epsom Salt along with trace amounts of other sulfate bearing minerals.  Evaporation of the surface water associated with the saline lake beds can allow these crystals to develop on the surface.  Western Gypsite’s gypsite was discovered under geological setting #2.