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Dr Willbold continued: "Our work shows that most of the precious metals on which our economies and many key industrial processes are based have been added to our planet by lucky coincidence when the Earth was hit by about 20 billion billion tonnes of asteroidal material."
Like all elements with atomic numbers larger than iron, gold is thought to have been formed from a supernova nucleosynthesis process.
At 1997 prices, a relatively small metallic asteroid with a diameter of 1.6 km (1 mile) contains more than 20 trillion US dollars worth of industrial and precious metals
In 2004, the world production of iron ore exceeded a billion metric tons. In comparison, a comparatively small M-type asteroid with a mean diameter of 1 km could contain more than two billion metric tons of iron-nickel ore, or two to three times the annual production for 2004. The asteroid 16 Psyche is believed to contain 1.7×1019 kg of nickel-iron, which could supply the 2004 world production requirement for several million years.
Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by PerfectPerception
Gold is created by nuclear processes in the cores of very large stars. They need to be large to run the nuclear process far enough to generate such a heavy element.
When these stars run out of energy to continue the nuclear process, they rapidly collapse under gravity. If the star has sufficient mass, this collapse can generate enough compressional heat to fire yet another stage of nuclear process deep inside it which, in an instant, fires much of the collapsed matter back out into space - i.e: the star goes nova and blows off its outer layers.
These outer layers of Star stuff, sprayed out across space, form the matter (except for, perhaps Hydrogen, which is the lightest element in atomic mass) that all other non-stellar objects are made from.
As far as we know, these nuclear processes are the only ones that can transmute lighter elements into heavier ones.
The conclusion is that nearly every element on Earth was generated in a star some time in the past (not just Gold). The amount of Gold that we have found in the crust of the Earth (considering its high atomic mass) would tend to indicate that its production is fairly copious, which argues against the idea that ancient aliens had to come to Earth to get Gold. They could have found it in a lot of places.
New research shows that some old stars might be held up by their rapid spins, and when they slow down, they explode as supernovae. Thousands of these "time bombs" could be scattered throughout our Galaxy.
Originally posted by yourmaker
what is with our fascination with gold? what gives it any worth at all??
THE JOURNEY TO EARTH the olden times For nine counted periods Alalu was king on Nibiru. In the ninth Shar, Anu gave battle to Alalu. To hand-to-hand combat, with bodies naked, Alalu he challenged. Let the winner be king, Anu said.They grappled with each other in the public square; door post trembled and walls shook. Alalu bent his knee; to the ground he fell on his chest. Alalu in combat was defeated; by acclaim Anu was hailed as king. Anu to the palace was escorted; Alalu to the palace did not return. From the crowds he stealthily escaped; of dieing like Lahma he was fearful. Unbeknownst to others, to the place of the celestial chariots he hurriedly went. Into a missile-throwing chariot Alalu climbed; its hatch behind him he closed. The forepart chamber he entered; the commander's seat he occupied. That-Which-Shows-the-Way he lit up, with bluish aura the chamber filling. The Fire Stones he stirred up; their hum like music was enthralling. The chariot's Great Cracker he enlivened; a reddish brilliance it was casting. Unbeknownst to others, in the celestial boat Alalu from Nibiru escaped. To snow-hued Earth Alalu set his course; by a secret from the Beginning he chose. Alalu journeys to Earth the rumored planet of gold, on the way describing the beauty and colors of the planets he passes. He blasts through with missiles the Asteriod belt called the Hammered Bracelet, like a guardian of the inner solar system described. Landed abruptly he puts on an Eagles helmet and fish suit. Later tests the air and still waters and is happy its compatible. He beams the news back to Nibiru his find, to save their atmosphere and try to regain the throne.