Group of Microbes Change Dissolved Gold to Solid

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 30, 2001   View Article

Breathing is a rich experience for a group of unusual microbes that typically live deep beneath the sea.

A microbiologist has found that microscopic organisms known as extremophiles breathe in dissolved gold and out comes the stuff of gold rings, necklaces, and earrings. The finding may explain how some gold ore deposits formed.

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