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Phosphorus occurs naturally in the form of fluorapatite, CaF23Ca3(PO4)2.\mathrm{CaF}_{2} \cdot 3 \mathrm{Ca}_{3}\left(\mathrm{PO}_{4}\right)_{2}. The dot indicates 1 part CaF2\mathrm{CaF}_{2} to 3 parts Ca3(PO4)2.\mathrm{Ca}_{3}\left(\mathrm{PO}_{4}\right)_{2}. This mineral is reacted with an aqueous solution of H2SO4\mathrm{H}_{2} \mathrm{SO}_{4} in the preparation of a fertilizer. The products are phosphoric acid, hydrogen fluoride, and gypsum, CaSO42H2O.\mathrm{CaSO}_{4} \cdot 2 \mathrm{H}_{2} \mathrm{O}. Write the balanced equation describing this process.

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