Gold explodes out of water during earthquakes


Long thoughts

slow processes

new studies published in Nature Geoscience

Trace these fault lines of mine

process of cavity expansion generates

gold veins produced

study authors write in journal abstracts.

For example, a magnitude-4 earthquake at a depth of 11 kilometers would cause the pressure in a suddenly opening fault jog to drop from 290 megapascals (MPa) to 0.2 MPa. (By comparison, air pressure at sea level is 0.1 MPa.) “So you’re looking at a 1,000-fold reduction in pressure.”

We were trapped in underground water flows.

When the Earth shifted

it dropped a thousandfold

then flash vaporized and the

scientist in a lab using a “thermo-mechanical piston” to carve poetry

elements in veins through the rock

of -2 magnitude.

Blind valleys with

potential to precipitate

Very Large Quantities.

(Small bits add up)

These discoveries however–

The alchemists were wrong

Now we chase earthquakes

to feed nations.


© Alicia Khoo

Ton Sai Beach, Krabi, Thailand


“Found” Poem inspired by Article

Image copyright of TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images


4 thoughts on “Gold explodes out of water during earthquakes

  1. Alicia, I definitely see your weaving of science-poetry here… interesting how you interpreted that hard core geo-science piece. There is a place in Las Vegas not too far from town that is really amazing for its geology, not pretty, but the formations are very odd looking and fascinating. I prefer it (spending time) to the casinos.

    • wow sounds like a place I definitely have to visit. I used to drive from LA to Tucson to visit my best friend and I would park my car and sleep under the stars.

      • Yes, it’s one of those local spots as I remember, not exactly on the map, but worth seeing… That’s a nice image. (A bit daring!) I relate to desert night drives too, down to LA. Im always amazed at how truly dark it is, and clear. You’re not in LA though currently?

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