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Why gypsum is called plaster of Paris?

Plaster of Paris is obtained by heating gypsum or calcium sulphate dihydrate to about 140-180 degree Celsius. When heated to such a temperature, gypsum forms Plaster of Paris. The name is derived from the large deposits of gypsum in the Montmartre hill in Paris.

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Similarly, why is it called plaster of Paris?

Plaster is the common name for calcium sulphate hemi hydrate made by heating the mineral gypsum, the common name for sulphate of lime. Thus, during the early 18th century, Paris became the centre of plaster production, and hence the name, plaster of Paris.

Subsequently, question is, why is calcium sulphate hemihydrate called plaster of Paris? Plaster of Paris stands for calcium sulphate hemihydrate, which is obtained by heating the mineral, gyspum. Paris then had rich deposits of gyspum, which was heated in large quantities to manufacture plaster and make it strong enough to withstand weight of massive buildings and hence the name, 'Plaster of Paris '.

In this manner, is Gypsum same as plaster of Paris?

Difference between Gypsum and Plaster of Paris (PoP) Plaster of Paris is made from Gypsum. Gypsum contains calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4·2H2O) and plaster of Paris contains calcium sulfate hemihydrates (CaSO4·0.5 H2O). Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral whereas Plaster of Paris is manufactured.

What is the other name of plaster of Paris?

A large gypsum deposit at Montmartre in Paris led "calcined gypsum" (roasted gypsum or gypsum plaster) to be commonly known as "plaster of Paris".

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