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Trace Elements of Group 1 (Previously Group Ia)

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The trace alkali elements of Group 1 are: lithium (Li), rubidium (Rb), and cesium (Cs). Their common characteristic is a single electron in the outermost energy level and highly reactive chemical behavior. These cations do not usually form complex ionic species but can be bound in some chelates and organometallic compounds. Although their properties differ (Table II-1.1), they are quite similar, especially Rb and Cs, in their behavior in crystallochemical and geochemical processes. Lithophilic elements, Li, Rb, and Cs, are closely associated with the major crustal components and are likely to enter silicate minerals.

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(2007). Trace Elements of Group 1 (Previously Group Ia). In: Trace Elements from Soil to Human. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-32714-1_8

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