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Silicon-based chemicals are the foundation of thousands of everyday applications ranging from food processing to soap and dye production.  In this case, SiO2 is reduced to silicon metal by coke in an arc furnace, to produce the Si precursor of other chemical processes.  Industrial sand is the main component in chemicals such as sodium silicate, silicon tetrachloride and silicon gels.  These chemicals are used in products like household and industrial cleaners, to manufacture fiber optics and to remove impurities from cooking oil and brewed beverages.

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