Plutonium is only man made? or it is a natural element? is it found on Pluto? how would know?
- oeman50Lv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Plutonium is produced in very small quantities when U-238 captures neutrons from natural decay. But it was discovered only after being produced artificially by bombarding U-238 with neutrons. And no one knows if it is on Pluto or not, it certainly has not been "found."
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
"Plutonium is the element with the highest atomic number to occur in nature. Trace quantities arise in natural uranium-238 deposits when uranium-238 captures neutrons emitted by decay of other uranium-238 atoms. "Source(s): wikipedia
- lenpol7Lv 71 month ago
Uranium is found naturally as its oxide 'pitchblende'. When allowed to react in a nuclear reactor one of the by-products is plutonium. Plutonium is an artificial element first produced by Glenn Seaborg in December 1941 through nuclear fission with uranium .
It is not known to exist on the planet Pluto.
The three trans-uranic elements Uranium, Neptunium and Plutonium are named after the three outer most planets in the Solar system; Uranus, Neptune & Pluto.
NB Glenn Seaborg has an even heavier element named after him ' Seaborgium'.
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- 1 month ago
plutonium is a product that is obtained by enriching uranium with nuclear centrifuges.
The name is a tribute to Pluto. Only synthesized by humans.