I have an appetite for apatite!!

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http://www.minersgemsandminerals.com/Images/MadApatite600.jpg



What is it made of?
apatite is made up of a group of phosphorus minerals, which are usually hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite, chlorapatite, and bromapatite.

What is the hardness?
the hardness of apatite is 5.

What is it's color?
the colors of apatite are green, brown, yellow, and some samples of apatite can be seemingly colorless!
What is apatite's luster?
the luster of apatite is vitreous to subresinous (whatever that means? haha)

The streak of apatite is white!!

What is it's density?
the density of apatite ranges anywhere form 3.16 - 3.22, but the average density is 3.19.

What kind of crystal structure does it have?
apatite has a hexagonal crystal structure

Apatite's cleavage/fracture= poor cleavage, and the fracture is conchoidal

some special characteristics of apatite are that it its easy to identify by color, its crystal form and hardness, and it can be cut by a steel blade.
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http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq317/pauljorg31/gems/healing-with-apatite.jpg


How it forms?
apatite is of igneous origin and is found in veins. rock phosphate makes up apatite and rock phosphate cannot be called a mineral because it has no definite chemical composition.

Where is it found in the world?
some places that apatite is found are Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, and the United States.

What are apatite's uses?
apatite is a main source of phosphorus that we use now a days. some other uses for the phosphorus that is extracted from the apatite are ceramics, silks, insecticides, sugar refining, and manufacturing explosives. it can occasionally be used for as a gemstone.

Is it found in the state of Iowa?
apatite is found in the United States but not commonly found in Iowa. it can be found in Florida, Tennessee, and California, but Florida is the leading producer of it in the world.


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WORKS CITED!!!!

http://www.minerals.net/mineral/phosphat/apatite/apatite.htm
http://geology.com/minerals/apatite.shtml
http://skywalker.cochise.edu/wellerr/students/apatite/project.htm
http://unh.edu/phosphatebarrier/faqs/where_does.htm
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/nwp/apatite.htm
http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/apatite/apatite-info.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatite
http://www.ehow.com/about_5087660_density-apatite.html
http://www.minersgemsandminerals.com/Images/MadApatite600.jpg (image)
http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq317/pauljorg31/gems/healing-with-apatite.jpg (image)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Apatite.jpg (image)
http://jewelry-blog.internetstones.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/apatite-gemstone-ceylon-sri-lanka-images-photos-gallery.jpg (image)