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The most important use relative of high-quality diatomite is as a filtering media.  The naturally occurring fossilized remains of diatoms have innate filtering characteristics due to their unique honeycomb structure.  Their filtering qualities are used in beer and wine making, pharmaceutical manufacturing, motor oil processing, and to filter swimming pool water.  For almost 100 years diatomite has been the workhorse of food and beverage processing.  Almost every shelf in the grocery store contains a product which has been filtered by diatomite. 
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