Gold

Gold Formed During Earthquakes

Up to 80 percent of the world's gold could've been formed by vaporizations following earthquakes

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Over 80 per cent of the world's commercial gold deposits formed in a flash. Using a simple model, geologists have shown that mountain-building earthquakes deep below Earth pull apart rocks so quickly that the high-pressure fluids they contain instantly vaporise. This process leaves behind residues rich in minerals including gold.

Geologists have long known that gold seams must form when mineral-rich water flows through networks of cracks in rocks 5 to 30 kilometres below the ground. But exactly how the gold accumulates in these cracks was unclear.

h/t Charles WT

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