Gold from Hot Seawater

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016

In geothermal systems on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula, a team of marine scientists has discovered extremely high concentrations of gold. This is remarkable, since the system is supplied by seawater, which otherwise has a very low concentration of the noble metal. The team from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the University of Ottawa, the Geological Survey of Iceland and Kiel University, has recently published their findings in the international journal Nature Geoscience. Mark Hannington, from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the lead author of the paper.

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