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Cow dung being dried to serve as fuel in India.Cow dung
(or cow pie, cow pat, cow patty, pasture patty, meadow muffin, or cow chip)
is a colloquialism used for the feces of the bovine species. The species
includes the cow, buffalo, ox and bullock. The term cow pat is used in England.
It originates from the sound made as the feces drops to the ground. The term
"cow chip" refers to dried cow pies. It usually appears in a
Cow dung is used as manure in many parts of the developing
world especially India where it is known as gobar. Cow dung is basically the
rejects of herbivorous matter which is acted upon by symbiotic bacteria
residing within the animal's rumen. The resultant faecal matter is rich in
minerals. Colour ranges from greenish to blackish. In due course of time, the
resulting matter turns yellow due to chemical changes caused by sunlight.
Cow dung is used primarily as a fertilizer. In recent
times, the dung is collected and used as biogas which is used to generate
electricity and heat. The gas is a rich source of methane and is used in
rural areas of India to provide a renewable, stable and environment friendly
source of electricity. Caked cow dung is also used as a fuel to cook food in
many parts of Asia and Africa.
Cow poo is also used to line the flooring and walls owing to
its insect repellent properties. In cold places, cow dung is used to line the
walls of rustic houses as it proves to be a superior and cheap insulator. Cow
dung has an excellent mosquito repellent property and is used by many
companies to produce repellents. It was also used extensively on Indian
Railways to seal smokeboxes on steam locomotives.
In hot, dry countries such as India, cow dung dries hard like cement and does not remain a wet smelly mess.Also, in India the Hindu culture puts a white, dry version of it on thier forehead to relive the tension after praying.Hindus also put it on places where severly hurt to help treat it in belife of having medicinal value.
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