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The biogeochemistry of gold

Gordon Southam, Maggy F. Lengke, Lintern Fairbrother and Frank Reith
The biogeochemistry of gold
Elements (October 2009) 5 (5): 303-307


The biosphere catalyzes a variety of biogeochemical reactions that can transform gold. Microbial weathering contributes to the mobilization of gold by releasing elemental gold trapped within minerals and by solubilizing gold via oxidation-promoting complexation. Subsequent microbial destabilization of gold complexes coupled with bioprecipitation and biomineralization can immobilize gold, completing the cycle. Secondary gold can occur as colloidal particles, crystalline gold and bacteriomorphic structures, the latter being a controversial form of 'biogenic' gold.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 5
Serial Issue: 5
Title: The biogeochemistry of gold
Affiliation: University of Western Ontario, Department of Earth Sciences, London, ON, Canada
Pages: 303-307
Published: 200910
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 34
Accession Number: 2009-098187
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Geomega, USA, United StatesFlinders University, AUS, AustraliaUniversity of Adelaide, AUS, Australia
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200952
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