World's Tallest Volcano Ejects £5,000 Worth of Gold Daily Despite Ice Covering – Puzzling Scientists

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The highest volcano globally has been emitting valuable gold dust worth a substantial sum each day.

Amidst emissions of gas, steam, and rock fragments, scientists have discovered minute particles of crystallized gold emanating from Antarctica's Mount Erebus.

Captain Sir James Clark Ross stumbled upon the famed gold-spewing volcano in 1841, christening it after his vessel. However, it only became active in 1972.

Antarctica boasts 138 volcanoes, but only Erebus and Deception Island are deemed active.

Despite its icy exterior, Erebus harbors a searing lava lake within its summit crater, which has remained active since 1972.

Conor Bacon from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York explained: "These occurrences are quite rare, necessitating specific conditions to prevent surface freezing."

Researchers have disclosed that during past volcanic eruptions, Mount Erebus ejected boulders of partially molten rock, dubbed "volcanic bombs."

Standing tall at an impressive 12,448 feet, the volcano regularly emits gas and steam laden with metallic elements.

The gas plumes carry minuscule crystals of metallic gold, measuring 20 micrometers.

Though tiny, Erebus releases approximately 80 grams of these gold specks daily, estimated to be worth $6,000 (£5,000).

These gold particles crystallize at the lava's surface crust after being transported by 1000°C hot gas.

Scientists speculate that the particles travel through the air, with "gold dust" discovered as far as 621 miles from the source.

Philip Kyle from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology explained that Erebus's tranquil emissions allow for the formation of gold crystals.

He noted that this unique process would be unattainable on more turbulent volcanoes with violent eruptions.

Mount Erebus gained notoriety in 1979 when an Air New Zealand flight tragically crashed into the mountain, claiming all 237 passengers' lives.

The disaster occurred during an Antarctic sightseeing tour, despite weather warnings.

The crash was attributed to a whiteout weather condition, compounded by a technical error leading the flight astray.

Just six years later, Mount Osutaka in Japan witnessed the world's deadliest single-jet crash involving a Japanese Air Lines flight.

Meanwhile, thousands evacuated their homes after a volcano in Indonesia's Pacific Ring of Fire erupted five consecutive times.

Officials fear a potential tsunami if part of Mount Ruang collapses due to the massive eruption.

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