Inner transition metal

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Periodic Table. The inner transition metals are shown in two rows at the bottom, in pink and purple.

An inner transition metal is one of a group of chemical elements on the periodic table. They are normally shown in two rows 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 electron shells and are all metals. They can be in some cases quite malleable and ductile. They do not occur in nature (except for the lanthanides, thorium and uranium) and are highly unstable.