Asked • 04/20/19

Why are minerals found in "large" quantities and not scattered throughout the earth as individual atoms?

Heavier elements are created in stars. After stars die they scatter these heavier elements throughout the universe. These elements eventually gather to form planets. But why do we find "chunks" of gold, silver, etc. and not scattered atoms throughout the earth. In other words, how do the atoms of these elements come together to form chunks of the same element involving billions and billions of atoms?

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