Scientists Discover Gold Grows On Trees

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From the Archives : Originally published October 23rd, 2013
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Money doesn’t grow on trees, but according to scientists from CSIRO, gold most certainly does!

They have discovered tiny nuggets  in the leaves and branches of eucalyptus trees growing in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia.

CSIRO geochemist Dr Mel Lintern said the trees act as hydraulic pumps, drawing up water containing gold from tens of metres beneath the surface.

As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it is moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground," he said.

If you are re hoping to spot gold-laden gum eaves, forget it. Unfortunately, it requires advanced x-ray imaging technology to see the grains of precious metal about one-fifth the diameter of a human hair.

However, the discovery may prove a boon to mining exploration companies as the leaves or soil underneath the trees could indicate gold ore deposits buried deep underground.

"The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique," Dr Lintern said.

 

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