Geochemical distribution of elements
Faure, G. Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Macdougall, J. Douglas Geological Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Formation of the Earth
- Dynamics of mantle
- Large-scale distribution
- Earth crust
- Organic matter
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The distribution of the chemical elements within the Earth in space and time. Knowledge of the geochemical distribution of the elements in the Earth, particularly in the Earth's crust, and of the processes that lead to the observed distributions make it possible to locate and use efficiently essential elements and minerals and to predict their dispersal patterns when they reenter the natural environment after use.
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