Answer to Question #85220 in Inorganic Chemistry for Leilana

Question #85220
How is magnesium sulfate monohydrate MgSO4⋅H2O used for in chemistry and how does it work as a valuable laboratory drying agent? What is its purpose in chemistry labs?

I could not find too much information in my book or the internet besides the basics (chemical formula, physical or chemical characteristics, etc.), but I did find what it can be used in. For example, fertilizer, feed additives for livestock, nutrient flavor enhancer, pharmaceuticals, leather and fur production, coloring fabrics, fermentation in beer, paper production, sewage treatment, cosmetics, but nothing about how or why chemistry labs would use it. What is its purpose?

Each time I tried to look it up other products that sounded similar but not the same appeared such as MgSO4⋅H2O or manganese sulfate, manganous sulfate etc.
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