terrestrial abundance of elements
The proportion of elements within the Earth changes dramatically with depth, heavier elements, notably iron and nickel, having sunk to the center of the planet during its early stages of formation. The table below ranks the elements according to their preponderance in the lithosphere, which includes the crust and the upper part of the mantle.
Related entries elements, cosmic abundance
elements, biological abundance
Related category GEOLOGY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE
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