Applied to elements with a strong affinity for oxygen and which concentrate in the Earth's crust in silicate rather than metal or sulphide minerals; or to elements with greater free energy of oxidation per gram of oxygen than iron. They occur as oxides, and especially in the silicate minerals which make up 99% of the crust. Examples of lithophile elements are Al, Ti, Ba, Na, K, Mn, Fe, Ca, and Mg. Compare atmophile; biophile; chalcophile; and siderophile.
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.