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Chemical composition of phosphorites of the Phosphoria Formation

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

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Abstract

The chemical composition, both major and minor constituents, of 60 samples of phosphorite from the Phosphoria Formation was determined. Major constituents of the average phosphorite are, by weight per cent: SiO2, 11??9; Al2O3, 1??7; Fe2O3,1??1; MgO, 0??3; CaO, 44??0; Na2O, 0??6; K2O, 0??5; total H2O, 2??2; H2O-, 0??6; TiO2, 0??1; P2O5, 30??5; CO2, 2??2; SO3, 1??8; F, 3??1; organic matter, 2??1; and oil, 0??2. Uranium averages 0??009 per cent. The phosphate mineral is basically apatite, Ca5(PO4)3F, with small but significant and variable substitutions-Na, Sr, U and Th for Ca, and CO3 and SO4 for PO4. Rare metals not associated with apatite are associated principally with the organic-matter component of the rocks. This group includes As, Ag, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mo, Ni, Sb, Se, V and Zn. Chromium is the most abundant, having a modal abundance of 0??1 per cent and a maximum concentration of 0??3 per cent. The average phosphorite is composed of approximately 80 per cent apatite, 10 per cent quartz, 5 per cent muscovite-illite, 2 per cent organic matter, 1 per cent dolomite-calcite, 1 per cent iron oxide, and 1 per cent other components. It is texturally a medium-grained pellet phosphorite. ?? 1966.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Chemical composition of phosphorites of the Phosphoria Formation
Series title:
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Volume
30
Issue:
8
Year Published:
1966
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
769
Last page:
778
Number of Pages:
10