An earthquake turns water into gold in mere seconds, according to a March 17 Inquisitor report. The way the water turns into gold is that when an earthquake happens, water inside fault lines vaporizes.
The water in fault lines has high concentrations of silica, carbon dioxide, and gold. When the water vaporizes during even a small earthquake, the gold is left behind. Even so, the amount created is fairly small because the amount of gold in the water is one part per million.
So far humans have excavated about 188,000 tons of gold from the Earth, which means that most of the easily accessible gold has already been found, but earthquakes will continue creating more gold. The study's lead author Dion Weatherley said,
"Given that small-magnitude earthquakes are exceptionally frequent in fault systems, this process may be the primary driver for the formation of economic gold deposits."
In just a few hundred thousand years the amounts of gold created by earthquakes will be mineable. Of course, that is a long time to people who are living today, but in terms of the Universe, it is truly a short amount of time.
Are you surprised that an earthquake turns water into gold? Even the small earthquakes that happen in many areas can create this precious metal.