2. Termites Lead the Way to Gold
As they burrow under the ground, termites gather bits of precious metals and store them in their mounds. Their “discoveries” often indicate that larger deposits could be underneath. Entomologists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have found that, in West Australia, termite mounds contain high concentrations of gold, as well as zinc, magnesium and iron.
The termite “miners” are especially valuable as they can burrow far under the layer of eroded material that now covers more and more of the Australian landscape.
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