A granular hydrostatics which determines the phase diagram of a prototypical driven granular gas, was employed. The spinodal line and the critical point of the phase separation was also determined. The effects of finite lateral size of the confining box were addressed which included determining the line of change of the bifurcation character from supercritical to subcritical. It was found that the binodal line in the variables was solely determined by the function which encapsulated all the necessary information about the equation of state, heat conductivity and inelastic energy loss.
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This research was partially supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 180/02), by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant No. 02-01-00734), and by the Forchheimer Foundation.