Highly siderophile elements (HSE) have been studied in high-temperature settings for several decades. Their peculiar affinity to metal and sulfide phases provides complementary insights into geological processes compared to those gained from lithophile or atmophile elements, notably planetary accretion and differentiation. The HSE comprise the noble metals (Ru, Rh, Pd, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au), and include two long-lived isotope systems: the Re-Os and the Pt-Os system. The RIMG volume edited by Harvey and Day presents the current state of HSE research in 12 chapters devoted to geo- and cosmochemical applications of the HSE and their isotope systems.

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