Resources and Elements

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Resources and Elements Food, gasoline, carbon, etc. is made of carbon! #1 important resource, but is not abundant in the lithosphere Sodium and iron are the next most used Red elements = nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous. They are grouped together because they are used as fertilizer. Lithosphere Abundant metals- greater than .1 wt% o Silicon- 28% o Aluminum- 8% o Iron- 6% Most abundant anion in the Earth’s crust o Oxygen- 46% Scarce metals- less than .1 wt% o Copper o Zinc o Gold o Silver Another constituent of interest in the Earth’s crust o Carbon- less than .02 wt% Matter cannot be destroyed, only transformed into different types products. Carbon becomes CO2 Average Composition of the Earth’s Crust 94.4 Kg of waste is generated from 1000 kilograms of the crust The Earth’s surface and elements (“cycling”) Biosphere- Atmosphere- Hydrosphere- Lithosphere Elemental “Cycling” o Carbon in the lithosphere and put it in the atmosphere
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course GEOS 1024 taught by Professor Meschreiber during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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