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Earthquake Can Turn Water into The Gold, Study Says

Earthquake Can Turn Water into The Gold, Study Says

Earthquake Can Turn Water into The Gold, Study Says

Earthquake Can Turn Water into The Gold, Study Says

According to the researchers, gold is created when an earthquake widens a fluid-filled rock fracture, which results in a decrease in pressure and allows gold that has dissolved in the fluid to rapidly leach out.
The results of their research, which were published in the journal Nature Geoscience, describe how the metal transitions from soluble form to concentrated deposits.
Up to 80% of the world’s gold resources “may have formed as a result of [this process],” they write.

The majority of the gold in the world is found in quartz veins that formed along deep, seismically active faults up to three billion years ago during periods of mountain formation.

The veins were created by shifting pressures caused by earthquakes, but until today it was unclear how much these pressure changes affected the creation of gold.

A mathematical model was created by Professor Richard Henley of the Australian National University and Dr. Dion Weatherley of the University of Queensland to examine the effects of various earthquake magnitudes on fluid-filled rock fissures.

They discovered that the fluid inside the fracture expands and vaporises when there is an abrupt reduction in pressure, a process known as flash vaporisation.

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