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Relating to or being an element, such as gold, platinum, or iridium, that exhibits metallic bonding and has an affinity for iron. On earth, the siderophile elements are found in greatest abundance in the iron core.
A siderophile element.
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(Geological Science) an element that is usually found in metallic forms and is concentrated at the Earth's core
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(ˈsɪd ər əˌfaɪl)
1. having an affinity for metallic iron.
2. a siderophile element, tissue, or cell.
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Righter created a "bulk Moon" model composition similar to that of our planet to compare the concentrations of 14 volatile siderophile (metal-loving) elements from the Moon samples with his calculated values.
Iron became the dominant material in the core, intermixed with small amounts of several siderophile ("iron-loving") elements such as nickel and sulfur.
Highly Siderophile and Strongly Chalcophile Elements in High-Temperature Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
Gold and platinum belong to a class of chemical elements known as the highly siderophile, or "iron-loving," elements.
It was noted that density variations are due to a larger or smaller amount of siderophile elements in the rock.
Theoretically, when a planet or large body differentiates enough to form a core, certain elements including osmium, iridium, ruthenium, platinum, palladium, and rhenium-known as highly siderophile elements-are segregated into the core.
Waterman, rather than making rock come alive theoretically in the way Russell does, chooses to reanimate it by reviving the few remnant rockbound organisms--endolithic lichens and siderophile bacteria.
Its impact origin was confirmed with the discovery of shatter cones (Dietz 1960), shocked quartz (Carlton and others 1998; Koeberl and others 1998), and coesite (Cohen and others 1961) and is supported by the enrichment of siderophile elements at the center of the structure (Carlton and others 1998; Koeberland others 1998).
Third, the chalcophile (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd, Mo, As, Ag, Bi) and siderophile elements (Ni, Co) form a large group occupying the middle of the diagram.
(1985): Siderophile interelement variations in the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sediments from Caravaca, Spain.
Platinum and gold are among eight occupants of the periodic table belonging to the category known as the highly siderophile elements.