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Medical Geology, Fluorine, 9/21/18

September 22, 2018
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

Fluorite crystals.  Parent GéryOwn work

Among the problems presented there are also issues with fluoride in Africa and India.

Fluoride (/ˈflʊərd, ˈflɔːr-/)[3] is an inorganic, monatomic anion with the chemical formula F
(also written [F]

), whose salts are typically white or colorless.
Fluoride ions occur on earth in several minerals, particularly fluorite, but are only present in trace quantities in bodies of water in nature.
Many minerals are known, but of paramount commercial importance is fluorite (CaF2), which is roughly 49% fluoride by mass.[4] The soft, colorful mineral is found worldwide.
Yep!  It may be naturally occurring in your drinking water.

Fluorite in US

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The fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay[21][22] and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”.[23][24]

Certain groups of US citizens are against fluoridation of drinking water.
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Fluorite Map United States | Fluorite from Bingham, Socorro Co., New Mexico, United States – 33467
Fluorescing fluorite from Boltsburn Mine, Weardale, North Pennines, County Durham, England, UK.
Didier DescouensOwn work
Fluorite Locality : Boltsburn Mine, Rookhope District, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK (15x8cm) A:Daylight B:Ultraviolet light
Deep green isolated fluorite crystal showing cubic {100} and octahedral {111} faces, complete and undamaged, set upon a micaceous matrix. Overall size: 50 mm x 27 mm. Crystal size: 19 mm wide. Weight: 30 g. From Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.
CarlesMillanOwn work
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