You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause

Gold found growing in eucalyptus trees


Your parents ever tell you “no” and then follow it with this?

“Money doesn’t grow on trees." (via YouTube / KEITH LINDSAY CAMERON

If so, you should call them right now, because “I told you so” doesn’t get much better than this. 

Australian researchers studying soil in search of gold decided to change their direction of focus and found traces of gold in eucalyptus trees. (Via YouTube / spottedturtledove)

Eucalyptus trees extend their roots as much as ten stories deep down into the soil to find water. And it seems their roots also come across gold rich zones. (via Nature)

Read more trending stories

According to Real Clear Science, “Approximately 30% of the world's demonstrably accessible gold reserves lie buried in the [Goldfields-Esperance] region.”

Scientists have known for some time that gold deposits are occasionally found in eucalyptus trees in this gold-rich area, but what makes this a landmark study is that it settles a long debate about where the gold comes from. 

Before now, scientists couldn’t prove the gold deposits came from deeper underground rather than from gold already on the surface. (via Nature)

“The tree acts like a hydraulic pump. Water is being brought up with nutrients and a little bit of gold right up to the foliage.” (via CSIRO)

"... the gold is contained within the leaf and not just in the surfaces dust which is very important.”

Now before you grab a saw and book your flight down under, you should know there is no actually no value in the gold that makes it to the tree limbs.

“Each tree contains such a small amount of gold—46 parts per billion, to be exact—that it would take hundreds to compile enough for a wedding ring.” (via Gizmodo)

But the study could give a better method to decide where to look. 

According to researchers, analyzing vegetation could offer a more accurate and cheaper method for finding gold-rich zones. (via BBC)

Researchers also believe this method could be used to find other minerals in the soil like iron, copper and lead. 

- See more at newsy.com.  


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

SEE IT: 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' cast reunites on Instagram
SEE IT: 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' cast reunites on Instagram

This reunion should bring a smile to the faces of '90s kids everywhere. More than 20 years after "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" came to an end, the cast was pictured "chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool" Monday night in a photo shared to Instagram by Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton Banks. "Always amazing to spend an afternoon...
Darlene Cates, 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' star, dead at 69
Darlene Cates, 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' star, dead at 69

Rest in peace, Darlene Cates. The actress who played Gilbert’s mother in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" died in her sleep Sunday. She was 69 years old. Cates was reportedly discovered when she appeared on an episode of “Sally Jessy Raphael.” The show was titled “Too Heavy to Leave Their House.&rdquo...
Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit
Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home. According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2...
Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom
Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom

Security changes coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom may affect how long guests spend in the security line. The theme park is moving the lines to outside the transportation and ticket center, where guests will be screened as soon as they get off the tram coming from the parking lot. Security barricades are already in the ground and tents are up...
New study shows no long-term cognitive benefits to breast-feeding
New study shows no long-term cognitive benefits to breast-feeding

A new study shows there are no long-term benefits to breast-feeding. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics says after age 5, there are no cognitive differences between children who were breast-fed and those who were not. Advocates of breast-feeding say it’s the short-term benefits that are important. For instance, Rae Summerbell...
More Stories