MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – We all know money doesn’t grow on trees; but did you know gold does?
The golden trees were found in Australia which is fitting as AU represents gold on the periodic table.
Geochemists from Australia’s National Science Agency found the trees rooting out riches were certain eucalypt trees in Western and South Australia
Sounds miraculous, right? Well, not exactly.
Geochemist, Dr. Mel Lintern explains, “It tells us there’s a gold deposit beneath where we’re standing.”
It’s called geochemical absorption. The tree acts as a hydraulic pump sucking up water, nutrients and gold. As it does this, the gold is absorbed and embedded throughout the tree; but we’re not talking gold bars or even coins.
“The amount of gold in the leaf is very, very tiny. You can’t see it with a naked eye.”
Yeah, according to the online journal Nature Communications who published the findings, the gold concentration in the leaves is about 80 parts per billion which is way too small to be seen with the naked eye.
So if you had dollar signs in your eyes, keep looking for your pot of gold. If nothing else you know what to say the next time someone tells you, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees.’