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chalcophile


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Applied to elements having a strong affinity for sulphur, which concentrate in sulphides and are typical of the Earth's mantle rather than its core. Commonly found in sulphide minerals and ores. Typical chalcophile elements are Cu, Zn, Pb, As, and Sb. Compare atmophile; biophile; lithophile; and siderophile.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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