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Phosphate Minerals

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The element phosphorus is very important for the basic machinery of life. Thus phosphate minerals, in which phosphorus is oxidized in the phosphate group, PO4, are part of a tight geochemical cycle that includes the biosphere, rather like the carbon cycle. Learn more about the phosphorus cycle.
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  1. ApatiteThe main igneous and metamorphic phosphate
  2. LazuliteLazulite
  3. PyromorphiteA lead-bearing phosphate
  4. TurquoiseThe most precious phosphate
  5. VarisciteA surface-dwelling phosphate
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