Gold’s at fault

A study of Western Australia’s St Ives Goldfields reveals a strong correlation between small fault lines and the location of gold deposits.

Geological fault lines within the Earth’s crust resulting from plate tectonics control all major gold deposits, but small systems are most likely to reveal the commodity.

The geological information can be used to develop predictive mineral maps, says Carsten Laukamp, a researcher from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency.

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