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Do earthquakes turn water to gold ?

By T.K. Randall
March 19, 2013 · Comment icon 11 comments

Image Credit: Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited
Earthquakes could play a significant role in the formation of gold deposits, say researchers.
Gold is deposited when rock fractures filled with water widen during an earthquake and the drop in pressure causes dissolved gold to leak out. While most of the world's gold was formed up to three billion years ago during the formation of mountains the process could occur on a small scale almost instantaneously under the right conditions during seismic activity.

"When we know what forms a deposit, we can go looking for ancillary tell-tale signs of where those kind of mechanisms may have been occurring both in the recent past and through geological time," said Dr. Dion Weatherley. "This may assist in future gold exploration efforts."
Gold could be deposited almost instantaneously in the Earth's crust during earthquakes, say Australian researchers.


Source: CBC.ca | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 11 years ago
Oh wow, i am getting a bucket filled with water and will be rattling it til it makes me rich!
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 11 years ago
There is supposed to be huge amounts of gold dissolved in the oceans, it just isn't economically feasible to extract it. Makes you wonder how much gold might be in some of the deep trenches that have seismic activity.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy 11 years ago
There is supposed to be huge amounts of gold dissolved in the oceans, it just isn't economically feasible to extract it. Makes you wonder how much gold might be in some of the deep trenches that have seismic activity. There is gold in you too! But it's apparently 0.000014% of your mass, so not incredibly economical to extract either! See the Wiki article for composition of the human body: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body Hey but if you're feeling generous, I'll take yours if you want to give it up?!
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 11 years ago
There is supposed to be huge amounts of gold dissolved in the oceans, it just isn't economically feasible to extract it. Makes you wonder how much gold might be in some of the deep trenches that have seismic activity. i am sure if there was a way to get it, Mr Cohen would have found it by now, they will buy the whole area and get it dug up and shipped off the Antwerp ASAP.
Comment icon #6 Posted by regeneratia 11 years ago
Oh how interesting!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lava_Lady 11 years ago
Oh wow, i am getting a bucket filled with water and will be rattling it til it makes me rich! LMAO!!! Let us know how all the shaking is going!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lex540 11 years ago
so can i make gold if i have water and make my own earthquake.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BrownHoward 11 years ago
Hey,I didn't knew it but as gold is getting expensive day by day so artificial earth quake can be done by people to make gold for themselves in large scale.
Comment icon #10 Posted by The New Richard Nixon 11 years ago
Hey,I didn't knew it but as gold is getting expensive day by day so artificial earth quake can be done by people to make gold for themselves in large scale. Gold is getting cheaper, losing value Oh wow, i am getting a bucket filled with water and will be rattling it til it makes me rich! Will take you millions of years just by yourself!! goodluck!!!
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 11 years ago
Will take you millions of years just by yourself!! goodluck!!! Not after a few Jack Daniels the night before.


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