Evolution of Neptune's atmosphere, page 5
On this scale you can see that the "rocky" materials such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Nickel, and Lead, that the terrestrial planets are made of can condense out of a very hot nebula, but ice will not condense unless the temperature is very low.
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