Latest Phosphate minerals Stories
In a study that the authors describe as lending credence to the idiom, "by the skin of your teeth," scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed.
Although you won't find oceans, lakes, or even a shallow puddle on the moon's surface, a team of geologists has found structurally bound hydroxyl groups (water) in a mineral in a lunar rock returned to Earth by the Apollo program.
Autonite (Hydrated Calcium Uranyl Phosphate) is a yellow - greenish fluorescent mineral with a Hardness of 2 - 2Â½. Due to the high content in uranium, it is radioactive and also used as uranium ore. If the mineral dries out, it converts to meta-autunite-I, which can turn into meta-autunite-II after heating. These two subsequent minerals are very rare in nature. For scientific studies it is recommended to store the mineral in a sealed container to minimize the water loss. Museums are known...
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