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Process to form elements in quantity

  1. Oct 22, 2011 #1
    Do macro amounts of elements form when atoms of a certain type (e..g. gold) bond together to form a substantial mass? Or do atoms of mixed types bond together and then together take on the properties we ascribe to each element?

    The reason I ask is that it seems improbable to me that a few gold atoms created in some stellar fusion event would travel the universe for billions of years only finding and bonding with other gold atoms until it developed into a pure gold nugget found on the earth. I don't recall hearing of a scientific theory which states that fusion events produce streams of gold nuggets.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2011 #2

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    It's chemical processes in planets, with a little assist from gravity than does this.
     
  4. Oct 23, 2011 #3
    Can you be a tad more specific? Assuming it is more likely for unlike atoms to encounter each other in space, I'm wondering what forces would cause a pure element to form matter anywhere in the universe, as opposed to only the formnulation of homulugated molecular compunds. Are there forces that drive like atoms to bond together in a greater probability than unlike atoms, which may have similiar chemical valences?
     
  5. Oct 23, 2011 #4

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    A good example of a single element would be http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond" [Broken].
     
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