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Earthquakes with the Midas Touch

The enormous Goldstrike pit in Nevada

The enormous Goldstrike pit in Nevada, USA, was formed about 40 million years ago, possibly due to ancient earthquakes.

By Steven Micklethwaite

Earthquakes are catastrophic events, but the stress changes they generate deep in the Earth mean they have not so much a silver lining, but a golden one.

Steven Micklethwaite is a Senior Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits at the University of Tasmania.

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