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Is Gold still forming inside the earth? Or is whatever there is all there will ever be?

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  • 1 month ago

    Gold does not form inside the earth. Gold and other heavy elements form when a star goes supernova. The immense power of a star exploding creates metals that would otherwise not exist. If we were to have easy access to all the gold in our planet, it would be so plentiful that gold would become cheap and everyone could afford as much as they wanted!

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  • Fred
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    1 month ago

    Billions of years ago simple Hydrogen- Helium Suns atomically fused the most common Hydrogen atom in our universe into Helium.  As that Sun lost enough mass the Sun's Fusion reaction went wild and created heavier atomic elements in it's dying atomic reactions Helium into Carbon.

    If that star is large enough it will in it's death go 'supernova' and explode dispersing it's mass outward.

    That carbon will accumulate until another sun life cycle picks up the carbon.  In it's dying moments it will fuse the carbon atoms into heavier  atomic elements.

    Carbon will be fused into Oxygen, Nitrogen, Neon but only for a very short time.  The star goes unstable and fuses larger elements such as Iron and Silicon. More complex elements come later.

    In a short busts of high pressure fusion and resulting supernova pressures all forms of atomic elements are produced.   

    Our Earth is a collection of those ancient supernovas and our supply is only augmented by meteorites and asteroids. 

    So outside of extremely expensive synthetically fused gold.. what is on the face of Earth is the only supply we have. 

    The good news is:  We haven't produced very much of Earth's gold.

    The bad news is:  The easy 'cheap' gold is near the surface and has been removed, the  remaining more 'expensive' gold is very hard to get and difficult to process! 

    Outside of some very slow geologic uplifts on a geologic time scale exposing existing gold deep in our Earth's crust.  There is no new "gold still forming inside the Earth".

    Gold is formed in the supernova atomic furnaces of dying stars.  Gold, ourselves, and every atomic element other than Hydrogen... Is the 'stuff' of stars! 

    We are 'star dust'!       

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  • 1 month ago

    No nuclear processes are producing gold inside the earth. The gold is still being moved around though, and still making deposits where it concentrates.  The amount of gold, in total, within tthe earth is enormous compared to the total amount we have ever mined.  Most of it though, is found at low concentrations that are not worth the trouble to process in order to recover the gold.  Like pretty well every single element on earth.  Way more than you can possibly imagine even if most of it is at low concentrations not worth the cost of getting it out.

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  • Bill-M
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    1 month ago

    Gold is still being mined.  There are large gold mines in Western Australia.

    Gold is not being formed.   All the Heavy Metals including Gold are formed when a Star Explodes.  During a Super Nova Elements are fused together to create new elements. During the normal life of a Star, Nuclear Fusion of Hydrogen is creating Helium.  Elements 1 and 2 on the periodic table.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, gold is not being produced on earth. Any more gold would have to come from space, where it all came from originally anyway. It is assumed there is approximately 170,000 tonnes of gold on earth, mined and still in the crust. Which is only a cube with about 30 metres a side of pure gold! Which really doesn't seem like much! 

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