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How Many Elements Are Found in Nature?


Technetium does not occur in nature.

Technetium is a man-made radioactive metal. Although it has a relatively low atomic number (43), it does not occur in nature.

Renier Maritz, wikipedia.org

Question: How Many Elements Are Found in Nature?

Some elements have been made by man, but do not exist naturally. Have you ever wondered how many elements are found in nature? Here is the answer to the question.

Answer: There are 90 elements that occur in nature. Of the first 92 elements on the periodic table, where 1 is hydrogen and 92 is uranium, 90 elements occur naturally. Technetium (atomic number 43) and promethium (atomic number 61) are man-made elements that have no naturally occurring isotopes. All of the elements past uranium on the periodic table exist solely in synthesized form.

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