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Bristol researchers' Nature paper widely reported

7 September 2011

Research into the tungsten isotope composition of the Earth’s mantle by Dr Matthias Willbold in the School of Earth Sciences was covered by The Times, the Daily Mail and other media around the world.

Ultra high precision analyses of some of the oldest rock samples on Earth by researchers at the University of Bristol has provided clear evidence that the planet’s accessible reserves of precious metals are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after the Earth was formed. 

The research, carried out by Dr Matthias Willbold and Professor Tim Elliott in the School of Earth Sciences and published in Nature, was covered by The Times, the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror, Metro, the Economic Times, National Geographic and other media around the world.  Dr Willbold was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol; Professor Elliott talked about the study on BBC Radio 4's Material World.

The study was also featured on the French TV programme C dans l'air on 20 January 2012 (report starts at 46m 20s).

Full press release: Where does all the gold come from?


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