Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 4 weeks ago

How are phosphates formed? ?

How are phosphates formed? 

1 Answer

  • 4 weeks ago

    atomic phosphorus combines with oxygen.  phosphate is normally already in that state (exists as phosphate) to begin with, in near surface environments.  Too much oxygen around for it to be otherwise, typically.  So, mostly, in nature, there is not phosphate being formed.  It is already there.

    basically, P will look around in order to find the easiest way to satisfy its energy needs from having an unfilled outer electron shell.  One of the easiest ways to do that, in near-surface earth environments, is reaction with oxygen.

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