Earth's core contains 90 percent of Earth's sulfur, new research shows
European Association Of Geochemistry
New research confirms that the Earth’s core does in fact contain vast amounts of sulphur, estimated to be up to 8.5 x 1018 tonnes. This is the first time that scientists have conclusive geochemical evidence for sulphur in the Earth’s core, lending weight to the theory that the Moon was formed by a planet-sized body colliding with the Earth. The work comprised 3 distinct stages: Firstly, the researchers had to estimate the isotopic composition of copper in the Earth’s mantle and crust. Because the isotopes of copper divide unevenly between a sulphur-rich liquid and the rest of Earth’s mantle, this shows that a large amount of sulphur must have been removed from the mantle. Paul Savage said: This study is the first to show clear geochemical evidence that a sulphide liquid must have separated from the mantle early on in Earth’s history - which most likely entered the core.