chalcophile


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Related to chalcophile: Lithophile, Siderophile

chalcophile

[′kal·kə‚fīl]
(geology)
Having an affinity for sulfur and therefore massing in greatest concentration in the sulfide phase of a molten mass.
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Third, the chalcophile (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd, Mo, As, Ag, Bi) and siderophile elements (Ni, Co) form a large group occupying the middle of the diagram.
Characterized by a high content of U, Mo, V and some chalcophile elements, the complex is a potential resource of a variety of metals (Hade & Soesoo 2014).
Some siderophile and chalcophile elements such as Au and the Platinum Group elements (PGE's) are more strongly partitioned into immiscible sulfide liquid than Ni.
A total of 10 chalcophile elements (Ag, As, Bi, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb, Sb, Se, and Zn) were examined for evidence of glacial dispersal.
Creaser titled "A review of the Rhenium-Osmium (Re-Os) isotope system with application to organic-rich sedimentary rocks" emphasizes the importance of the Re-Os isotope system to the direct dating of sedimentary rocks, particularly black shales in which these broadly chalcophile and siderophile elements are concentrated by reductive extraction from seawater.