Crystal structure model of apatite, 1981.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Crystal structure model of apatite, 1981.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A model built by built by Arnold Beevers. Apatite is a phosphate of calcium, which also contains fluoride, chloride, hydroxyl or carbonate ions, according to the variety. It is a major constituent of sedimentary phosphate rocks, of the bones and teeth of vertebrate animals, and it is usually present as an accesory mineral in igneous rocks.

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