Fluorapatite: A Mouthful, But Don’t Eat It

William Divine is a mineral prospector who is highly respected in the industry. He has worked in the mineral prospecting industry for over two decades and, in that time, has learned the ins and outs of the industry. Divine got his start working in a region of Australia called Pilbara, which is in North Western Australia. William Divine has now worked all over the globe–including in Africa, Asia, and North America. His work has allowed him to explore every corner of the industry and his dominant criticism of the industry has been that it does not properly use technology. New technologies should be exploited to their full potential in order to make the industry more productive and profitable.

Fluorapatite is a Phosphate mineral composed of Calcium, Phosphate, Oxygen, and Fluorine. It’s a hard, crystalline, solid mineral that occurs in many colors, including sea-green, violet, purple, blue, pink, yellow, brown, white, or colorless. It falls dead in the middle of the Mohs Scale of Hardness, ranking a 5.

Fluorapatite is the main constituent in tooth enamel, as well as halophospors. It is also a precursor for the production of phosphorus. It can be reduced by carbon in the presence of quartz. Overall, the mineral is important as well as beautiful.

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