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Gold in Wales

Gold in Wales
Key Info
  • Gold in Wales
  • Duration: 03:05
  • Wales has a history of mining, which dates back to Roman times. In addition to coal, gold is also found in Wales. At Dolaucothi gold was formed by a series of unique events starting about 458 million years ago when parts of Wales was under a deep ocean. The weight of the ocean and the sediment layers compressed the gold deep within the rocks. When two continents collided, the rock folded and the gold became exposed to the surface.First broadcast in The Essential Guide to Rocks on BBC4 in December 1998.
  • Subject:



    People and the Environment: Resources

  • Keywords: Mining, Wales, mines, Dolaucothi, gold, metal, element, rocks, geology, metamorphic, continental drift, collision boundary, folding, strata, Kate Humble, theessentialguidetorocks
Ideas for use in class
  • For use with topics on resources, industry or possibly plate tectonics. Students could also consider the reasons for the decline in gold mining in Wales and the wider implications of this change on both people and the environment.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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