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Mineral resource of the month: Phosphate rock

December 1, 2013

As a mineral resource, “phosphate rock” is defined as unprocessed ore and processed concentrates that contain some form of apatite, a group of calcium phosphate minerals that is the primary source for phosphorus in phosphate fertilizers, which are vital to agriculture.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Mineral resource of the month: Phosphate rock
Authors Stephen M. Jasinski
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Series Number
Index ID 70186702
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center