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Do Elements and their Isotopes Degrade?

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posted on May, 15 2006 @ 08:31 PM
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Or enhance? Is it by phycical/chemical law that they always remain the same?

Since the conservation of matter has been violated under certain conditions, change in matter's properties must either be an enhancement or a degradation.

As we know the implications of this are Infinite for every scientist and non-scientist.




posted on May, 15 2006 @ 08:45 PM
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Changes in the elements is a nuclear reaction, not a chemical one. Radioactive elements decay into lighter elements, and under intense pressure and heat (like in the core of the sun or the shockwave of a supernova), lighter elements can fuse into heavier elements. Also, bombardment by radiation can create heavier elements (usually in the lab or a nuclear reactor).

[edit on 5/15/2006 by djohnsto77]



posted on May, 15 2006 @ 08:59 PM
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djohnsto77, are their percentile rankings for say, deuterium, for purity? If so, it is very likely that their are purity rankings for all the elements and their isotopes.



posted on May, 15 2006 @ 09:07 PM
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Yes, that information is available. Here are some examples from wikipedia describing some elements and the relative abundance of their isotopes:

Hydrogen
Carbon
Uranium



posted on May, 15 2006 @ 09:14 PM
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The best way to figure all this stuff out is to actually take a Chemistry Course. It will teach you quite a lot, even at the High School level. I love Chemistry!
You'd probably enjoy it quite a lot.



posted on May, 15 2006 @ 09:59 PM
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Any mathematical chemist Ph.D.'s out there?



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