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Geological information


In this table values are given in units of ppb (parts per billion; 1 billion = 109), both in terms of weight and in terms of numbers of atoms. Values for abundances are difficult to determine with much certainty, so all values should be treated with some caution, especially so for the less common elements. Local concentrations of any element can vary from those given here by orders of magnitude.

View graphs Abundance ppb by weight ppb by atoms
View graphs... Universe 10 0.06
View graphs... Sun 10 0.07
View graphs... Meteorite (carbonaceous) 1400 100
View graphs... Crustal rocks 10000 1000
View graphs... Sea water 0.03 0.00090
View graphs... Stream 3 0.01
View graphs... Human 1700 50

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Elemental lead is found in nature sparingly. Lead is present in ores such as galena (lead sulphide, PbS), anglesite (lead sulphate, PbSO4), minim (a form of lead oxide with formula Pb3O4), cerussite (lead carbonate, PbCO3) and other minerals. Galena is the most important source.

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