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Gold Veins Produced In An Instant During Earthquakes, New Study Claims

Gold Veins Produced In An Instant During Earthquakes, New Study Claims

Gold Veins Produced In An Instant During Earthquakes, New Study Claims

Long thought to be a slow process, a new study published in Nature Geoscience says that gold veins are produced in an instant by earthquakes.

Scientists have long known that veins of gold and other precious minerals form around fault lines, but it was generally thought that this process took an extremely long time.

However, the new study shows that quick changes in pressure could cause the gold to form, essentially, instantaneously.

What this means is that there are small bits of gold trapped in underground water flows that are super-heated and under super-high pressure. When the Earth shifts during a quake, the pressure on the water drops a thousandfold nearly instantly. Since the water is super-heated, the pressure was the only thing keeping it in liquid form. When the pressure goes away, it flash vapourizes and the elements within it, such as gold, remain in veins through the rock. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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