By Andrew FreedmanReuters|wires 2Asteite definitionsteatit stone definitionpolishingsteatrite definitionpolishedsteatites definitionstetchite stone source Newsweek article The first of two new gold formations discovered by a Deepwater Titan, a U.S. oil rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, are among a trove of rocks that may contain as much as $100 trillion in precious metal.
A study published in the journal Nature on Thursday found the rocks, called Stetchite, were formed in an area known as the Deeprock zone in the deep ocean off the coast of Louisiana.
It was the first time such a rich deposit of these rich mineral rocks has been found.
The study also found that the rocks were produced during a period when the Gulf’s waters were extremely salty, so the rocks likely came from deep-sea vents or fissures in the rock.
The Deepwater Expedition, which was carrying out a survey of the region at the time of the disaster, found a variety of small islands, including rocks, that are about 3,000 feet deep and more than 200 feet thick, said study co-author Jonathan F. Schanzenbach, a geophysicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The rocks may have been exposed to extreme conditions such as ocean currents or volcanic eruptions, or were formed by intense temperatures in a shallow saltwater environment.
The new rocks could represent a treasure trove of gold and silver from the planet’s ancient past, he said.
“We are finding this as we dive deeper into this ocean and the deeper we go into the sea, the deeper into the ocean you get,” said Schanenzbach, who is a research associate at the U.C. Santa Barbara Institute for Earth System Science.
“This is a very exciting time in our understanding of how the ocean and its environment affect marine life.”
The Deeprock Zone, which includes parts of the Gulf, is one of several known regions in the ocean where the ocean can be extremely salty and can cause significant chemical changes.
The area is known for its rich deposits of silica, a mineral that forms in the water column when seawater is heated and forms tiny particles.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London found a large amount of silicate rocks in the area and have been studying them since.
The New York Times reported that the scientists were working to determine whether these silica rocks were deposited during the deep sea vents of the Deep Rock zone or the volcanoes that formed the area during the early parts of Earth’s history.
In the latest study, Schanzensbach and his colleagues found the samples were formed between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
The rocks were separated into three groups, which include the two rocks that are now found off the Louisiana coast, one near the French coast, and the other at the southern tip of Florida.
They are about 10,500 feet deep.
The area is about 40 miles long and 25 miles wide.
They were found in a region known as an offshore basin called the Mid-Atlantic, a region of the world that extends from New York to Florida and into South America.
The scientists also found a second group of rocks, one about 13,000 to 14,500 years old, at an area that they called the Gulf Shield Zone, about 2,500 miles from Louisiana and adjacent to the Caribbean Sea.
It is believed that these two areas were part of a deep sea vent that was not found in previous research, Schansenzbach said.
The discovery of these two new deposits could be valuable to researchers who study ocean currents and how the planet responds to environmental change.
The U.K.-based Geological Survey of Scotland said in a statement that it is “excited” by the discovery and hopes to use the findings to better understand how the environment impacts marine life.
A second team led by the University for Marine Research at St. Andrews, U. K., also found the same group of rock samples.
The researchers, led by U.N. scientist Chris Finlayson, said they were “delighted” by their finding and hope to continue to search for new deposits of the rich mineral in the future.
“What we are seeing now is that our knowledge of deep-ocean rock deposits is expanding,” said Finlay, a member of the University’s Geological Survey.
“We’re finding new types of rock, new kinds of minerals, new types from the deep-water ocean.”
“This new deposit is a tremendous step forward in our knowledge about the deep Earth and our understanding about how our environment impacts the ocean.”
Schanenzberg and his team found that there are about three million different kinds of silicates in the world’s oceans.
The team hopes to