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Fri Jan 17 14:26:11 PST 2003

>On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:
> > Perhaps I'm dense, but why would a scarcity of any given element require 
> > alteration of physical law?  Maybe the Jenoine used it all up.
>I suspect he's referring to the fusion sequence by which elements up to 
>are made.


I'm familiar with that, but simply stating that a given element has a 
certain abundance in the universe doesn't have any necessary bearing on 
whether or not that element is common in any given part of the universe.  To 
use an example from our own, the moon is extremely poor in iron when 
compared to the Earth.  Likewise, hydrogen is extremely common in the 
universe as a whole, and in stars and gas giants, but it's relatively 
uncommon on the earth and in other smaller planets.

Even if an element is common, in may not be readily accessible.  Mars 
actually has quite a bit of oxygen... it's just that it's all been bound up 
into iron in the form of rust.

As such, I don't think that we necessarily need to resort to an aleration of 
physics to suppose that sulpher wouldn't be abundant in Dragaera.

Now, as to the biological issues, I don't know nearly enough to speculate, 
but I'll go out on a limb and suggest that, perhaps, organic factors have 
already locked all of the free sulpher up into living beings, or some such.

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