The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth


When you learned about The Peri­od­ic Table of Ele­ments in high school, it prob­a­bly did­n’t look like this. Above, we have a dif­fer­ent way of visu­al­iz­ing the ele­ments. Cre­at­ed by Pro­fes­sor William F. Shee­han at San­ta Clara Uni­ver­si­ty in 1970, this chart takes the ele­ments (usu­al­ly shown like this) and scales them rel­a­tive to their abun­dance on the Earth­’s sur­face. In the small print beneath the chart, Shee­han notes “The chart empha­sizes that in real life a chemist will prob­a­bly meet O, Si, Al [Oxy­gen, Sil­i­con and Alu­minum] and that he bet­ter do some­thing about it.” Click here to see the chart — and the less abun­dant ele­ments — in a larg­er for­mat. Below we have a few more cre­ative takes on the Peri­od­ic Table.

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