Stellar Metamorphosis: Potassium

Authors: Jeffrey Joseph Wolynski

Potassium is present in young, middle aged, old and dead stars. Its atomic symbol is K. The main point of this paper is to note that potassium concentration increases per unit mass as the star evolves. This means that stars which reach the point of being able to not only create life, but to host it, will have larger concentrations per unit mass of potassium. The potassium increases concentration in youthful stages, then combines to form salts and the beginnings of life, then the left over remains get locked in the crust as rocks/minerals. This is due to mass dependent fractionation as well as potassium's high reactivity and ability to form ionic salts.

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