Inner transition metal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

An inner transition metal is one of a group of chemical elements on the periodic table. They are normally below all of the other elements. They include elements 57-71 (lanthanides) and 89-103 (actinides). The lanthanides are very similar, and the actinides are all radioactive. They have three incomplete outermost shells and are all metals. They can be in some cases quite malleable and ductile. They do not occur in nature (except for uranium) and are highly unstable.