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Different types of paper: carton, tissue paper

Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It is a versatile material with many uses, including writing, printing, packaging, cleaning, and a number of industrial and construction processes.

It and the pulp papermaking process is said to have been developed in China during the early 2nd century AD, possibly as early as the year 105 A.D.,<ref>Hogben, Lancelot. "Printing, Paper and Playing Cards". Bennett, Paul A. (ed.) Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles. New York: The World Publishing Company, 1951. pp. 15–31. p. 17. & Mann, George. Print: A Manual for Librarians and Students Describing in Detail the History, Methods, and Applications of Printing and Paper Making. London: Grafton & Co., 1952. p. 77</ref> by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BC in China.<ref name="Tsien1985">{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}</ref> The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading its production and the United States right behind it.

Paper sections
Intro  History  Etymology  Papermaking  Applications  Types, thickness and weight  Paper stability   Environmental impact of paper    Future of paper    See also    References and notes   Further reading   External links   

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