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Weathering of

phosphate from
rocks
ROCKS
CONTAIN
PHOSPHATE
(PO43-

PHOSPHORUS
CYCLE

UP LIFTING
ROCKS

Phosphate in
solution

Phosphate in SOIL
Waste and
decompositi
on

Waste and
decompositi
on

Decomposer

Sedimentations

Sedimentatio
n become
rocks

• Phosphorus is mainly found in water.PHOSPHORUS CYCLE • The phosphorus cycle is the movement of phosphorus from the environment to organisms and then back to the environment. . phosphorus is released again through weathering and the cycle starts over. • When animals and plants die. Eventually. Phosphorus is most commonly found in rock formations and ocean sediments as phosphate salts. remaining there for millions of years. phosphorus will end up in sediments or rock formations again. • After that. and rock. phosphates will return to the soils or oceans again during decomposition. soil. • Phosphate salts that are released from rocks through weathering usually dissolve in soil water and will be absorbed by plants. • Animals absorb phosphates by eating plants or plant-eating animals.