• 26/05/2024 11:50

In Antarctica, a volcano began to emit gold dust: details

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Volcanic activity in Antarctica continues to amaze the scientific community, especially with the discovery that the continent's largest volcano has begun spewing gold dust.

This information was reported by T4, URA-Inform reports.  

Antarctica, although known for its glaciers and harsh climates, is also home to active volcanoes. Most are in West Antarctica and Marie Byrd Land, where a 2017 study found more than a hundred volcanoes and only a small number of them are active.

In a historical context, volcanic eruptions in Antarctica have been rare, but studies of ice cores indicate that the continent experienced significant volcanic events in the past, surpassing modern eruptions.

Mount Erebus stands out among these volcanoes — the tallest and southernmost active volcano on the planet, famous for its permanent lava lake. Erebus, which was named after the ancient Greek god of darkness, is capable of throwing out boulders of molten rock called “volcanic bombs”.

One of the most mysterious phenomena associated with Erebus, — This is the release of microscopic gold particles that can travel up to 1000 kilometers from the volcano. This phenomenon results in the release of approximately 80 grams of gold daily.

Gold dust travels far. Antarctic researchers have discovered traces of gold in the surrounding air at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers from the volcano.

We recall that it was previously reported that scientists have found out who was man's best friend in ancient times: and it was not a dog.

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