This periodic table shows each element's relative abundance on Earth

Illustration for article titled This periodic table shows each elements relative abundance on Earth

The classic periodic table of elements is useful for understanding the relationships between the elements, but it doesn't tell us much about the chemical makeup of Earth. This periodic table, created by Professor William F. Sheehan of the University of Santa Clara and published in 1976, offers a somewhat different perspective on the elements, enlarging or shrinking each square based on the element's relative abundance on the Earth's surface.

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Illustration for article titled This periodic table shows each elements relative abundance on Earth

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Nick Denton

Is this diagram representative or just indicative? For instance, Ag: miners have to sift through mountains of dirt to get at mere ounces of silver. And yet it shows up with an area some quarter that of C, carbon, a substance that is everywhere around us. Can someone explain?