With only one gram of gold for every thousand tons of the Earth’s crust, there had to be a way to concentrate the tiny particles of gold into the color we see today. Across the surface of the planet, there is something that can do just that. In the streams around Jamestown, prospective rent shock relies on the properties of water to seek his fortune, just like the original gold respire nears. In doing so, he mimics the planetary processes that finally brought us gold.
One should look but not touch. This process may seem simple, but actually, it is very sophisticated. The scientist explains that the stream can replicate naturally and set up the same way every time, constantly eroding, constantly rising and settling every time the water rises and then starts. One can come out here and find gold laying on the bedrock, almost a renewable resource.
The gold seekers keep shoveling this stuff in, and they want to look at the gold – if it’s coarse, if it’s through the smoother, it is the farthest travel, and then one wants to try and light the way up to find out where the vein is, where the source is, that’s what everybody wants, the source of what’s feeding this over millions of years. Water picked up gold, transported, sorted, and concentrated it, and then deposited it in a form that made it easier for us to find it. It’s a process that’s still happening and drives our continued obsession with one of Earth’s most alluring colors.
This spectacular color has been on quite a journey, and these atoms have traveled from a distant star in time to be there for the birth of the solar system, and then they hit the earth in an impact. It left the golden signature on our landscape, and even then it didn’t stop because there were sorting processes first by geology and then by water, until humans could pluck nuggets like this from the landscape. And still, it carries on because there are atoms from Egyptian jewelry or Inca trinkets; they’re almost certainly part of modern wedding rings or gold bullion. So, the cycling carries on, but this fantastic color stays exactly the same.