Over the centuries alchemists and magicians have tried to figure out how to turn lead into gold. Many con artists have used this ploy to steal millions of dollars from thousands of people. And now, a group of scientists are trying to pull one of the biggest cons involving gold that has ever been pulled.
They want you to believe that the earth is over 4 billion years old. As the earth formed, all of the iron and precious metals were molten and migrated to the earth’s core. This left the earth’s crust and mantle virtually metal free. Then about 200 million years after the earth formed, it was bombarded by meteorites containing gold, platinum and other precious metals. It took 20 billion billion tons of meteorites to seed the earth’s mantle with the amount of gold and precious metals we find today.
The scientists purporting this con are from the University of Bristol. They based their suppositions on the analysis of rocks from Greenland which they believed to be nearly four billion years old. They tested to see how much or how little of the trace element tungsten found in the rocks compared to rocks supposed to be much younger.
Out of curiosity, I did a quick study on meteorites to see how much gold is found in meteorites today. There are three basic types of meteors: iron, stony and stony-iron. Many sources I looked at listed iron meteorites as accounting for only 6% of all meteorites, stone-iron meteorites account for only 2% and the remaining 92% of all meteorites are stony.
Meteorites containing gold are extremely rare. Assays conducted on some of those gold bearing meteorites yield results of around 0.03 to 0.3 ounces of gold per ton of meteorite. Various sources list the total amount of gold in the world today to be between 5-10 billion ounces. Now let’s do some simple calculations to see how much meteorite bombardment it would have taken to seed the earth with gold:
Total gold in world = 5,000,000,000 ounces
Gold in meteorites = 0.3 ounces/ton
Meteorites containing gold = ~0.01%
Total meteorites needed = ~1,533,333,333,300 tons of meteorites
Total gold in world = 10,000,000,000 ounces
Gold in meteorites = 0.03 ounces/ton
Meteorites containing gold = ~0.01%
Total meteorites needed = ~33,333,333,333,333 tons of meteorites
Mind you these are simplistic calculations just to demonstrate how much meteorite activity it would have taken to seed the earth with just the gold in existence. This does not account for the gold still not recovered from the earth.
Also remember that this entire con is based upon trace amounts of tungsten in rocks recovered from Greenland. If anyone out there falls for this con, we have land and bridges to sell them.
Allow me to suggest a much more plausible scenario for existence of gold and other precious metals found in the earth’s crust and mantle.
Approximately, 6,000 years ago, an all knowing God created the earth with everything necessary to sustain the life that He also created and placed on the earth. He gave His greatest creation, man, dominion over the earth and told him to use it wisely. That earth contained all of the minerals and metals and elements that man, animal and plant would need to survive. That included all of the precious metals including gold.
Which scenario sounds more believable to you? Did all the gold rain down from the heavens in billions and billions of tons of meteorites or did our Creator God provide it all when He formed the earth?
Where Does All Earth’s Gold Come From? Precious Metals the Result of Meteorite Bombardment, Rock Analysis Finds, Science Daily, Sept 9, 2011.
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