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  • NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS REPORT

    10 599

    Progress Report

    on

    SOLUBILITIES OF PHOSPHATES AND OTHER

    SPARINGLY SOLUBLE COMPOUNDS

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS

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  • NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS REPORT

    NBS PROJECT NBS REPORT

    311.05-11-3110561 May 28, 1971 10 599

    Progress Report

    on

    SOLUBILITIES OF PHOSPHATES AND OTHER

    SPARINGLY SOLUBLE COMPOUNDS

    Walter E. Brown, Director

    American Dental Association Research Unit

    National Bureau of Standards

    Washington, D. C. 20234

    This investigation was supported in part by research grant DE00572 to the American Dental Association from the National Institute of Dental Research and is part of the dental research program conducted by the National Bureau of Standards in cooperation with the American Dental Association; the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command; the Dental Sciences Division of the School of Aerospace Medicine, USAF; the National Institute of Dental Research; and the Veterans Administration.

    NATIONAL BUREAU OF SI for use within the Government,

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    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS

  • II I 1*1

  • 1 . INTRODUCTION

    Rapid increases in phosphate levels in lakes and rivers

    near heavily populated areas have made the understanding of

    factors that control these concentrations a matter of great

    social importance. Phosphate is thought to be the nutrient

    which is the limiting factor in the growth of algae in most

    waters (1); it is possible that carbonate, under some con-

    ditions of heavy pollution, may also be a limiting substance.

    Solubilities of salts of these two anions have been proposed

    as having considerable control over their concentrations in

    lake waters. The same considerations do not apply to nitrogen,

    however, because all of its salts are quite soluble. Even

    though metabolic processes, such as growth and decay of

    organisms, are probably of primary importance in establishing

    the concentrations of dissolved orthophosphate and carbonate

    ion at any instant, particularly during warm periods, it

    appears reasonable that physicochemical processes such as

    dissolution of suspended particles and sediments, leaching

    of rocks and soil, and precipitation of insoluble salts have

    major roles in establishing over-all, long term levels.

    The observation that continual entry of phosphate into a

    lake does not increase the phosphate level in proportion to

    the amount that has entered (1) clearly indicates that at least

    some of the phosphate is being removed by a precipitation

  • process. The high levels of calcium frequently found in

    lake waters suggest that a calcium phosphate may be one of

    the forms by which it is removed. This alone is justification

    for the treatment given here on the solubilities of calcium

    phosphates. The emphasis here is on thermodynamic and opera-

    tional points of view and on making the treatment sufficiently

    general so that it can be applied to sparingly soluble phosphates

    of cations other than calcium and to salts of other weak acids.

    Much of the information described here was developed in

    studies ( 2-8 ) of calcium phosphates for application to systems

    containing tooth, bone and dental calculus; the method of

    approach, however, is equally applicable to other complex,

    multicomponent systems.

    Solubilities of sparingly soluble salts is a subject

    that has been basic to chemistry over the years, and more recently

    has been treated extensively as applied specifically to

    minerals and limnetic solutions (9,10). One might wonder what

    more can be said on the subject.