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World Gypsum Producing Countries



World Gypsum Producing Countries Map
Description : The map showing major Gypsum Producing Countries in World. Disclaimer






Gypsum is an abundant mineral that was formed millions of years ago due to evaporation of shallow seas. Gypsum is a common, very soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate.
The second softest mineral, it is found in alabaster.

Gypsum is extensively found in sedimentary rocks. It is deposited from saline lake and sea water, as well as in hot springs from volcanic vapors. Gypsum is also found disseminated in limestones, dolomitic limestones, and some shales.

The World Map of Gypsum producing Countries shows a list of countries that have large gypsum deposits and produce the mineral in large quantities.


As shown in the map, China is the largest producer of gypsum; in 2010 it produced an estimated 45,000 metric tonnes of gypsum. The second-largest gypsum producer is Iran followed by Spain, the United States, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, India, France, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, Algeria, United Kingdom, Poland, and Argentina.

In the United States, commercial sedimentary gypsum deposits occur in New York and Michigan. In France, gypsum is common in the marls and clays of the Paris basin, especially in Montmartre.

Crude gypsum is used as a fluxing agent, fertilizer, and as a filler in paper and textiles. It is also often used as a retarder in portland cement.



Major Producers of Gypsum in world-2010
Country Production (Thousand Metric Tonnes)
China45,000
Iran13,000
Spain11,500
United States9,400
Thailand8,500
Japan5,800
Mexico5,800
Italy4,100
Canada3,500
Australia3,500
Turkey3,100
Russia2,900
Egypt2,500
India2,500
France2,300
Saudi Arabia2,100
Brazil1,900
Germany1,900
Algeria1,700
United Kingdom1,700
Poland1,500
Argentina1,300
Other Countries11,400

Last updated on December 20, 2012



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