Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Termites: So Rich Their Nests Are Made Of Gold

 

(ISNS) -- Termites are unearthing gold in Australia, and scientists suggest their nests could reveal where miners might strike it rich.

Mineral resources currently account for roughly one-third of Australia's exports. One promising site for gold down under is the Moolart Well deposit in the Western Australian Goldfields region, but gold remains difficult to find there even after nearly 150 years of mining.

"The problem that we face in mining exploration is that a layer of eroded material is covering the gold, effectively hiding it," said researcher Aaron Stewart, an entomologist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. 

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/25616-termites-so-rich-their-nests-are-made-of-gold.html

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