At which depth could the existance of gold being plausible?

In summary, the conversation discusses the formation and location of gold, as well as the feasibility of setting up a small budget mine with underground levels or rooms. It is mentioned that gold is formed in stars and can be found approximately 3955 miles underground. Panning for gold in streams is suggested as a low-budget option, but it is noted that actual gold mining requires a large investment and expertise. The idea of using wooden columns for mining is dismissed as impractical, and the conversation concludes by stating that it would be more profitable to work in fast food than to attempt gold mining on a small budget.
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papajo
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does this even make sense? I mean is gold located/formed in a specific depth range? or it virtually could be found anywhere?

the next question how to setup a relatively small budget mine with underground levels/rooms? :D
 
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papajo said:
does this even make sense? I mean is gold located/formed in a specific depth range?

Gold is formed in stars by fusion. It got to Earth during the solar system's coalescence, and possibly some from meteors over billions of years.

You should read up on gold bearing veins

papajo said:
the next question how to setup a relatively small budget mine with underground levels/rooms? :D
On a small budget you might consider panning for it in streams. I doubt there is any such thing as a small budget mine.
 
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I vaguely recall seeing a TV show years ago in which it was stated that as the Earth formed and cooled, gold was mostly deposited many miles down in the crust, not in the core, and that it was only through volcanic action and plate tectonics that some of it is now accessible on and near the surface.
 
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try the alluvial plains formed under mountains of metamorphic rock.
 
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papajo said:
does this even make sense? I mean is gold located/formed in a specific depth range? or it virtually could be found anywhere?
It can be found approximately 3955 miles underground.

papajo said:
the next question how to setup a relatively small budget mine with underground levels/rooms? :D
With a spade.

No money in gold, everyones solid.
 
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thank you all for your responses

I would like to add that when i used the word "formed" i didnt mean how is gold created in terms of mater i was talking more about after its creation in terms of consetration

also about the mine budget i used also the word "relative" because i knew it would not be something cheap... i wondered if there were methods that would cost several thusands usd instead of several hundred thusand etc )like by using manpower wooden colums etc)
 
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papajo said:
also about the mine budget i used also the word "relative" because i knew it would not be something cheap... i wondered if there were methods that would cost several thusands usd instead of several hundred thusand etc )like by using manpower wooden colums etc)

I don't know if you're seriously planning on starting a DIY gold mining company, and if this is the case I don't want to rain on any parades, but getting any yield of gold that would make reasonable returns on investments in mining means you need loads of money and a ton of experience.

Wooden columns? You'd get a few feet deep into soil before the cutting edges on the columns (I assume you're picturing tree-sized drill bits here...) would get dull. And wood can't exactly drill through stone.

Next, mining companies don't pull gold out of the ground in boulder-sized chunks that they shower off with a garden hose and then sell. They push thousands of tons of Earth and rock through systems that procedurally filter everything and extract the tiny flecks of gold that are laying about very, very sparsely. Flecks of gold that you'd mistake for grains of sand. Gold mining isn't something you do on weekends with a few friends and a chest-high block of wood. You'd be better off sieving from streams of water, but even then your yield would be so small that I'd bet my kidneys you'd earn many times as much money per hour selling fast food.
 

Related to At which depth could the existance of gold being plausible?

1. What is the average depth at which gold can be found?

The average depth at which gold can be found varies depending on the type of deposit. However, most gold deposits are found at depths between 1.5-3 kilometers below the surface of the earth.

2. Is there a specific depth at which gold is more likely to be found?

There is no specific depth at which gold is more likely to be found. Gold deposits can be found at various depths, and it often depends on the geological processes that formed the deposit.

3. Can gold be found at shallow depths?

Yes, gold can be found at shallow depths, especially in areas where there has been recent volcanic activity or erosion. However, these deposits are usually smaller and less economically viable compared to deeper deposits.

4. What factors determine the depth at which gold can be found?

The depth at which gold can be found is determined by various factors, including the geology of the area, the type of deposit, and the geological processes that have occurred in the area. Other factors such as human activities, such as mining, can also affect the depth at which gold can be found.

5. Is it possible to find gold at depths greater than 3 kilometers?

Yes, it is possible to find gold at depths greater than 3 kilometers. In fact, some of the world's largest gold deposits are found at depths exceeding 3 kilometers. However, these deposits are often more difficult and expensive to extract due to the depth and associated geological challenges.

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