Apatite

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A mineral for hungry people? Apatite is a phosphate mineral with the composition Ca5[PO4]3(OH,F,Cl). It has been used extensively as a phosphorus fertilizer and is still mined for that purpose today. The mineral called “asparagus stone” is a appropriately a type of green apatite. Ironically, apatite is the mineral that makes up the teeth in all vertebrate animals as well as their bones.

The gem material makes a great faceted stone.

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Thanks to ‘Sparkly’ Sally Ewen for suggesting this molecule and to Sean and to Kay Dekker for some info about it.

Apatite - click for 3D structure

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 18th October 2009

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2 Responses to “APATITE – FOOD, GEMSTONE or FERTILIZER – WHAT A NAME”

  1. Morgan Palmer Says:

    my favorite gemstone is none other than diamond. the most expensive and priceless gemstone ever.*’-

  2. homegym Says:

    great post here as always wroth checking like usual when i come here

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