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Naturally occurring elements yet to be discovered?

  1. Jan 5, 2016 #1
    So I know that all the elements above 92 on the periodic table do not occur naturally, does that mean that we've discovered all the naturally occurring elements? Is it possible that there can be elements with a higher atomic number than 118 that we just haven't discovered yet in nature?
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2016 #2

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    "Possible?" Yes.
    Likely? Without redefinition of neutron stars ---- no.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2016 #3
    Oh haha you mean like neutronium?

    Why is it unlikely?
     
  5. Jan 5, 2016 #4

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    The "islands of stability" have all had ample time to be discovered/occur. (13-14 Ga last time I looked --- vs. 1/2 lives of how many seconds?)
     
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