Here’s a new take on silver and gold bashing, but this time, it’s not financial at all. Let’s have a look at this “scientific” explanation for “moderate volatiles”, otherwise known to us as “pet rocks” and “barbarous relics”…
TheWashingtonPost is out with a hit piece on so many things at once, that we’ll refrain from covering other aspects of the scientific
propaganda investigation and focus just on the gold and silver bashing.
First, here’s how gold and silver are “born”:
Note: the red above is metal that has been “vaporized” and will never to exist again.
The first sentence starts out inconspicuous:
Earth should have a lot more gold and silver than it does.
Exactly. We know that. In fact, one could say that the rarity is why we call them “precious” metals. But alas, they are not even acknowledged as metals let alone precious, and to our dismay, it seems we have been wrong all this time because gold and silver are only relatively rare:
These elements are strewn throughout the solar system, but they’re relatively rare here.
Not only that, but gold and silver, which apparently are now referred to as “moderate volatiles”, can “turn to gas at low temperatures”. Now we’re no scientists, but we’re pretty sure that heating something up to the point of melting so much so that it “evaporates” is not a low temperature, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. If “evaporate” is not a good word because somebody might know a thing or two about science, feel free to substitute it for “vaporize”:
Gold and silver, along with other elements known as “moderate volatiles,” turn to gas at moderately low temperatures. When Wood melted a mock version of early Earth in a furnace, he found that moderate volatiles were lost from the rock like steam from a cake.
According to Hin, our planet may have lost up to 40 percent of its mass when these elements were vaporized and blown into space.
However, just in case anybody is not buying the science, the rarity or the vaporization, how’s a 20-inch thick gold plated earth sound:
By Wood’s calculation, the amount of missing gold alone is enough to gild Earth’s entire surface in a layer almost 20 inches thick. A planet with a hidden golden core sounds wonderful — about as wonderful as a vanilla cake with a secret chocolate center, and about as complicated to engineer.
If the reference to what is essentially a reverse Hostess Cup Cake sounds a little unscientific, here’s some scientific equivalent of Fedspeak, only with the courtesy of dumbing it down with more cake for us plebeians:
Using an instrument called a mass spectrometer, which sorts materials into their component isotopes, he and his colleagues tested an array of Earth rocks, chondritic meteorites and space rocks from other bodies in the solar system. They found that Earth and other large bodies, like Mars and the asteroid Vesta, are dominated by the heavy form of magnesium. Because this element doesn’t dissolve in metallic cores, the “vanilla cake with a hidden chocolate center” model could not explain where all the magnesium went. The best explanation was that the magnesium had been vaporized, Hin concluded, then either sucked back into the sun or blown out into the void of space.
Now, having lost all of the scientists who may be reading because of a whole bunch of meh, in an effort to appease the right-brainers who remain, it seems the previous statement comes down to “gut feelings” and “belief”, but just in case there are any scientists left, as all science does, there is a plan to continue the research:
“From a gut feeling that’s hard to believe,” Hin said. But science is based on data, not gut feelings. “In the end I asked myself the question, what scientific argument do I have not to believe, and I basically couldn’t come up with one.”
Next he hopes to analyze the evaporation of early Earth’s more difficult-to-detect elements, like chlorine, bromine and iodine.
Just don’t tell the good scientist that silver iodide is an iodine bearing mineral. That might just blow his mind…