Quantifying lithophilicity, chalcophilicity and siderophilicity

  title={Quantifying lithophilicity, chalcophilicity and siderophilicity},
  author={Andrew G. Christy},
  journal={European Journal of Mineralogy},
  • A. Christy
  • Published 5 September 2017
  • Geology
  • European Journal of Mineralogy
The Goldschmidt classification of elements into “lithophile”, “chalcophile” and “siderophile” on the basis of geochemical preferences was devised to explain the distribution of elements through a differentiating planet, under conditions of high temperature, low bulk oxygen content and a range of pressures. Applying the concept to crustal materials is useful, if it is accepted that some elements classify very differently under low-temperature, high-oxygen conditions. A more nuanced, empirical… 
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