Inhospitable climate fosters gold ore formation
South Africa's Witwatersrand is the site of the world's largest and richest gold deposit. In order to explain its formation, ETH professor Christoph Heinrich took a look back into the Earth's early climatic ...
Meteorite impact structure reveals mineral deposit hotspots
The world's largest and oldest meteorite impact structure has been discovered through research on the formation of gold deposits in WA's Eastern Goldfields.
Money doesn't grow on trees but gold leaf does: study (Update)
Australian researchers have found minuscule nuggets of gold hidden inside the leaves of eucalyptus trees, in a discovery they say could help prospectors discover new deposits of the precious metal.
Six-legged miners strike gold
Termites and ants are stockpiling gold in their mounds, new CSIRO research has found.
A tiny grain helps reveal the history of a rock
Researchers can use the mineral rutile to learn about rock types and their history. Two articles published in the highly respected journal Geology now present a new application of a method for more easily ...
Striking gold: Earthquakes deposit precious metal
Solid gold can be deposited in Earth's crust "almost instantaneously" during earthquakes, said a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday.
4,000-year-old shaman's stones discovered near Boquete, Panama
Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The ...
Researchers examine how ore deposits are formed
(Phys.org)—New computer simulations by geologists from ETH Zurich demonstrate how large copper and gold deposits are formed. The enrichment process of these metals follows physical principles that are similar ...
Novel NIST process is a low-cost route to ultrathin platinum films
(Phys.org)—A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a relatively simple, fast and effective method of depositing uniform, ultrathin layers of platinum ...
Termites and ants stockpile gold in their mounds, researchers find
(Phys.org)—Australia's smallest and most numerous mining prospectors can show us where new gold deposits are.
New model for how Nevada gold deposits formed may help in gold exploration
A team of University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers have devised a new model for how Nevada's gold deposits formed, which may help in exploration efforts for new gold deposits.
Growing nanowires horizontally yields new benefit: 'nano-LEDs'
While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology discovered an unexpected bonus -- a new way to create nanowires that produce light ...