Inorganic compounds containing phosphorous. Used in fertilizers (as plant nutrient) and in detergents (as 'builders' or water softeners), phosphates are a major source of water pollution. There presence in lakes and ponds encourages explosive algae growth which depletes water-dissolved oxygen, resulting in elimination of other forms of aquatic life.

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  • When working with phosphates you must know how each will react to one another so that you don't have any issues.

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  • I did not like science class because of our seed classification project and also I didn't wanna learn about phosphates.

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  • If you are working with phosphates you must be very careful to not mix them with the wrong chemicals and cause a reaction.

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