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Volcano spewing gold – Makeleio.gr

Volcano spewing gold – Makeleio.gr

The southernmost volcano on Earth spews out a small fortune’s worth of gold every day.

The reason for the presence of an active volcano on Mount Erebus in Antarctica. However, collecting gold is very difficult since the mountain is inaccessible.

Erebus, which along with Deception Island volcano are the only active volcanoes in Antarctica, spews about 80 grams of crystalline gold worth an estimated 5,633 euros per day, along with clouds of ash and toxic gases, according to the New York Post.

Researchers in Antarctica found traces of gold in the air at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers from the volcano, which reaches a height of 3,794 meters.

But the precious metal is just one of many objects ejected from Erebus, according to NASA’s observatory. The US space agency said that the asteroid “regularly emits plumes of gas and steam and occasionally ejects rocks.”

“Erebus has been erupting continuously since 1972,” said Conor Bacon of the Lamont-Doherty Our Planet Observatory (a center for research on climate change, volcanoes and earthquakes) at Columbia University in New York.

In addition, he said, the volcano is known to have a “lava lake” in one of its craters, consisting of molten material at the surface level.

“These are actually so rare that some very specific conditions are needed to ensure the surface never freezes,” he added.

However, there is still a lot of data to be researched about volcanic activity on the frozen continent, but also about those volcanoes that are still dormant.

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Geographic isolation is a major barrier to more comprehensive research. Naturally, seismometers were installed on both Erebus and Deception Island to monitor the volcanoes.

However, Mount Erebus became known for the tragic event that occurred on November 28, 1979, when Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed at the site, killing 237 passengers and 20 cabin crew (257 total victims).