Silica sand has a range of uses in everyday life across multiple industries.
Silica sand, also known as quartz sand, white sand, or industrial sand, is made up of two main elements: silica and oxygen (specifically, silicon dioxide SiO2). In order to be considered as silica sand the material contains at least 95% SiO2 and less than 0.6% iron oxide, otherwise the quartz sand qualifies as ‘regular’ or ‘industrial’ sand. How silica sand is used depends on physical, chemical, and mechanical characteristics such as grain size, shape, colour, structure, and distribution, as well as refractoriness, strength and stability. These characteristics can differ depending on how the mineral is processed after it is mined.