Minor amounts of many elements occur in gold. These minor elements vary greatly in gold taken from different districts. These differences can more readily be related to metallogenetic zones or provinces than to any difference in the type of deposit in which the gold is found. In most cases these minor elements are believed to be chemically rather than mechanically included in the gold.Preliminary results also suggest that after more thorough and detailed work it may be possible, by means of spectrographic analysis, to determine the metallogenetic province or zone, and in some cases even the mine, from which a particular sample of gold originates.

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