Here, a beautful pattern emerges. The red and brown symbols pertaining to ions residing well in solids fall in a swath down the middle of the hard cations. The blue and greeen symbols pertaining to ions that tend to go into solution, on the other hand, fall in swaths to the left and right of the central red-and-brown swath. Here we have generalizable patterns of geochemical behavior, and a pattern that can never be shown coherently on a conventional periodic table. This is what the new table is all about.

        Note also that the swaths of color that have emerged here follow the contours of equal ionic potential. If asked to explain that coincidence, I would argue . . . .


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