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Toxicity to terrestrial plants

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toxicity to terrestrial plants: long-term
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A study investigating the toxicity of amorphous aluminium sodium silicates towards terrestrial plants was waived due to the natural occurrence and abundance of SiO2, silicates and aluminium as minerals in soil.

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No study with synthetic amorphous aluminum sodium silicate is indicated, based on the natural abundance of SiO2 and silicates as minerals in soil. In fact, silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust mass (approx. 28 %) after oxygen. It appears as complex silicate minerals in soils and sediments, as the oxide (silica, SiO2) in crystalline form in rocks, soils and sand, and as biogenic silica in organisms such as diatoms, and in plants such as grass, rushes, rice or sugar cane. Synthetic amorphous silica and silicates released into the environment are expected to combine indistinguishably with the soil or sediment due to their similarity with inorganic soil/sediment matter and will be subjected to natural processes under environmental conditions (cation exchange, dissolution, sedimentation). The same applies to aluminium which is the third most abundant element (approx. 8%) in the earth's crust.