A 500-foot-wide mountain of gold, silver and other valuable metals has been found buried two and a half miles beneath the ocean floor, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. These aren't manmade treasures?they're natural accumulations of riches from volcanic vents. Dr. Peter Rona, who made the discovery, says, "At least 50,000 years in the making, the mound is composed largely of combinations of the metals copper, iron, zinc, gold and silver. It was produced by jets of hot, metal-rich sea water."
Rona thinks the ocean floor is full of valuable treasure. Some of this, including gemstones, eventually get transported by the ocean to rivers. This is how tin ore got to Thailand, gold to Alaska and New Zealand, and diamonds to South Africa. All of this originates deep underground and spurts out through underwater volcanic vents known as "black smokers."
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