In: Science

16 Mar 2014

Periodic table distorted by how abundant each element is on earth.


The above is from 1970, so we’ve gotten a little more precise since then. Here are a few other versions:



image showing Abundance in Earth's crust: cylinders logs periodic periodicity in a 3d cylinder style for the chemical elements

2 Responses to Elements


Michael F

March 25th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Any way you look at it, there’s a heckuva lot more (re-usable) Lithium for batteries than (one-time use) petrolium in the earth’s crust. Time to go to an all-electric car economy!



March 26th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

And where do you suppose the electricity comes from? Unicorn treadmills? How about the infrastructure needed to distribute all that electricity, and the manufacturing plants needed to produce all those batteries?

It all boils down to energy density (amount of energy produced per unit of fuel), which is why you won’t ever see a wood-burning aircraft. The only source of energy that ranks higher than petroleum products is nuclear, and you will NEVER hear someone bitching about fossil fuels suggest that we should switch to nuclear as an alternative.

I wonder why that would be?

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