Did You Know There Are 20 Million Tons of Gold in the Oceans?
by Owen James Burke
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That’s 9 pounds of gold in the ocean for each and every one of us.
English Chemist S. Sonstadt discovered the concentrations in 1872, and NOAA estimates that with each liter of seawater contains about 13 billionths of a gram of pure gold.
That adds up to about 20 million pounds, and evenly divided amongst every mortal soul on this planet, we could each have our 9 pounds, if we were to spend our whole lives sifting (and then some), that is.
But don’t get your hopes up, there’s no way you’ll be able to gather enough gold to impress your future wife with a one-of-a-kind gold ring using dust gathered from the seven seas, though you could trick her into spending more time on the water.
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