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carnkie

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Posted: 14/10/2011 16:50:44
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Endangered species? Should cheap phosphorus be first on an elemental 'Red List?'

Should the periodic table bear a warning label in the 21st century or be revised with a lesson about elemental supply and demand?
If so, that lesson could start with one element considered a staple of life – but growing endangered, like the Asiatic dhole – phosphorus.
Why is phosphorus pivotal? Phosphorus is in the DNA of all plants and animals. It is a key ingredient in fertilizer, but high quality phosphate deposits for mining are limited in both quantity and locality. Indeed, there are increasing concerns that with 85% of the resource limited to three countries in the world, inexpensive phosphorus may become a vestige of the past.

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Ty Gwyn

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Posted: 14/10/2011 21:10:26
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Could nt see it mentioned in the Link,but is nt Tunisia one of the 3 major exporters of Rock Phosphate. IP: 86.138.183.230 Edited: 14/10/2011 21:11:03 by Ty Gwyn
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Posted: 14/10/2011 22:20:01
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Ty Gwyn wrote:

Could nt see it mentioned in the Link,but is nt Tunisia one of the 3 major exporters of Rock Phosphate.


A short answer to that is that's certainly a major producer but off the top of my head I'm not certain whether it's in the top three.

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Posted: 15/10/2011 01:56:17
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Carnkie wrote [ but growing endangered, like the Asiatic dhole ]

Obviously a government directive to cut Dhole queues Innocent

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Posted: 15/10/2011 02:35:22
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Let's cut the romance for a minute, there are way too many humans and at some point, we will be limited by our environment. Sadly for us in the overpopulated UK, we are facilitated by oil and any shortcomings will see the return of rather nasty and rather non-lib-dem natural selection.

So, it's a bloody good idea to build lots of windfarms!

Get your Tilley lamps and Kerosene folks, we are going to be having power cuts.
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Posted: 15/10/2011 10:15:59
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Surely Helium should go on the "endangered list" pretty damn quickly. IP: 78.148.20.69
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Posted: 16/10/2011 08:47:37
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I was in Tunisia a few years ago and there was a huge mountain of the stuff at Sfax, sending a fine drift of foul-tasting dust over the town at times.

Build more wind-farms!! At least till I find something more useful to get paid for....

I was going to make a joke about dhole being that sloppy-tasting stuff that look likes baby-poo that you get as a side-dish in cheap curry-houses, but the "dhole-queue" one is better..





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Posted: 16/10/2011 11:23:22
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derrickman wrote:

I was in Tunisia a few years ago and there was a huge mountain of the stuff at Sfax, sending a fine drift of foul-tasting dust over the town at times.

Build more wind-farms!! At least till I find something more useful to get paid for....

I was going to make a joke about dhole being that sloppy-tasting stuff that look likes baby-poo that you get as a side-dish in cheap curry-houses, but the "dhole-queue" one is better..





AHHHH Tunisia, lots of promise there!! My fave dishes was "Lab Labbi" and Mergesas.

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