Study: Gold created during earthquakes
Updated: Monday, March 18 2013, 08:44 AM EDT
AUSTRALIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Some people search for gold at the end of a rainbow. Now you might want to search for it after an earthquake.
According to a new study at the University of Queensland in Australia earthquakes can create gold by vaporizing water along fault lines.
Researchers say those faults are saturated with mineral heavy groundwater. When an earthquake happens that water vaporizes in an instant, allowing rock silica to blossom into quartz and gold.
But the amount is small. It would take 110,000 years to create enough to mine.