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Calcium carbonate is known to be one of the sedimentary materials occuring with phosphorite in many of the phosphorite deposits. This relationship has been described for various geological periods and at various scales: mineable phosphorite alternating with barren carbonate; calcific or more often dolomitic phosphorite alternating with phosphatic dolomite or limestone. In the present study, we attempt to explain why there is a link between phosphorite and carbonate. This relationship does not presuppose a genetic link between minerals, although this link does exist where apatite can be recognized as the result of apatitization of pre-existing calcite. Calcite is a...

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