This book, based on lectures given to first-year students of chemistry, examines the origin of the elements, the factors controlling their abundances, and their distributions in the Earth, solar system, and universe. It begins by introducing the range of elements which exists and considering some of their nuclear and chemical properties. An account of the origins of the elements in space is followed by a chapter on cosmochemistry and the solar system. Attention is then focused on Earth, and the distribution of the elements in the oceans, minerals, and living species on the surface of the planet is discussed.
The elements. Their origin
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