Scientists Discover Gold Growing On Trees in Australia?

Published 6 years ago by: sunday Kayode
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at 25-10-2013 09:17AM (6 years ago)

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Their research, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggested plants were absorbing gold particles found around the soils of eucalyptus trees, Dr Lintern explained.
“The eucalypt acts as a hydraulic pump – its roots extend tens of metres into the ground and draw up water containing the gold.

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

“The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique.” Continue Reading..

Dr Lintern added that by using this technique of sampling and analysing vegetation for traces of minerals, it may be easier to observe what occurs below the surface without the need to drill.
He said: "It’s a more targeted way of searching for minerals that reduces costs and impact on the environment."

Now before you grab your passport and ax, the paper found an average gold concentration of 80 parts per billion in tree's leaves, and a mere 4 parts per billion in bark (though bark does cover a larger surface area).
Unfortunately, this means the gold isn't visible to the unclad eye. So the next time someone tells you money doesn't grow on trees, well, you know what to say.

schmit at 25-10-2013 10:38AM (6 years ago)
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Am on my way, make I go harvest myself, leave wetin scientist dey yarn, lol
mary11 at 25-10-2013 10:44AM (6 years ago)
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I have 1 in my backyard 2

Shegzan at 25-10-2013 11:01AM (6 years ago)
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We nid dis kinda tree in my compound!!

UNKNOWN123 at 25-10-2013 12:13PM (6 years ago)
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 Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
cocoeni at 25-10-2013 12:24PM (6 years ago)
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cocoeni at 25-10-2013 12:26PM (6 years ago)
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Abeg dat one na story
osamabinladin at 25-10-2013 12:33PM (6 years ago)
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What is the name of the vegetable Huh?
Majfvy at 25-10-2013 12:53PM (6 years ago)
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I hear. Next...
chicco77 at 25-10-2013 01:35PM (6 years ago)
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all this una fake news
sucre4u at 25-10-2013 02:22PM (6 years ago)
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Hw can i get mine?
Slicksilvers at 25-10-2013 02:31PM (6 years ago)
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good to know....
Ogbujieze at 25-10-2013 02:34PM (6 years ago)
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scientists and discovery not serious
BlueIxora at 25-10-2013 03:21PM (6 years ago)
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How many leaves will you collect before you can get one carat of gold?
osarobo62 at 25-10-2013 03:43PM (6 years ago)
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my girlfriend thinks i have one  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
blackijawboi at 25-10-2013 05:12PM (6 years ago)
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proly at 25-10-2013 05:26PM (6 years ago)
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Jennybaby at 25-10-2013 05:28PM (6 years ago)
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Can't believe dis.
paulohking at 25-10-2013 06:32PM (6 years ago)
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we don start lie again Roll Eyes
dickman2 at 25-10-2013 07:12PM (6 years ago)
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we hear.
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