Ancient Gold Deposits Could Lead To New Discoveries: CSIRO

CSIRO has discovered that distinctive rock patterns in the Yilgarn province in Western Australia could indicate the presence of gold deposits.

While traditional methods of mineral exploration focus on geological and geophysical mapping to uncover hidden deposits in rocks, researchers from CSIRO instead analysed the chemical systems of sediments in the area.

When ancient gold deposits formed over 2.5 billion years ago, patterns of chemical alteration were formed on nearby rocks, which can provide valuable clues towards finding new gold deposits.

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