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Gilded by earthquakes

Gold is often deposited in Earth's crust by fluids that percolate through rock fractures. Earthquakes cause rock fractures to expand rapidly and could cause the fluids to evaporate, triggering almost instantaneous gold deposition.

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Figure 1: Schematic illustration of flash vaporization during an earthquake.


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Craw, D. Gilded by earthquakes. Nature Geosci 6, 248–250 (2013).

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