Small Rocks can also play Important Role in Gold Formation

Gold-FormationAs per a recent research taken out by a group of researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, it has been proved that gold formation does not take more than a second.

The study which has been published in the journal Nature has also unveiled the process of gold formation. Lead researcher Dion Weatherley said that gold veins get formed along the cracks and they have been able to quantify the process.

In order to carry out the research, the study researchers took the help of thermo-mechanical piston model. Weatherley, explained about fault jogs which is quite important in gold formation process. He was of the view that gold gets formed along the cracks that connects fault lines in rocks.

It was initially considered that only big rocks play an important role in mineral deposition. But such is not the case, said Weatherley as even small earthquakes are enough to add pressure to initiate a process in which gold precipitates.

"Over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, you have the potential to precipitate very large quantities of gold. Small bits add up", explained Weatherley about how small rocks carry out the gold formation process.