One blllion-year-oƖd “treasure Mountaln” filled with gold
The result of billions of years of geological movement and erosion, the “treasure mountain” is rich in platinum, gold, and other precious metal ores.
The Kondyor Massif mountain, according to Siberiantimes, is rich in precious metals. Every year, approximately 4 tons of patlnum are mlned here.
The Kondyor Masslf is located in Russia’s remote Khabarovsk region, 600 kilometers southwest of the Sea of Okhotsk and 570 kilometers southeast of Yakutsk. This geological structure has an 8km diameter and a height of 600m, making it nearly seven times larger than a meteor crater in Arizona, USA.
The Kondyor Masslf ln a NASA satellite lmage. (Photo: Siberian Times).
When viewed from above, the Kondyor Massif appears to be an ancient olcano or a remnant of a meteorite mрасt. Experts say the massif’s unique shape is the result of magma crystallizing beneath the ground more than a billion years ago, forming a perfect circle.
Long-term ground erosion by Masslfs. The Kondyor Massif, which is harder than the surrounding soi, is the top surface ede of a column of rocк that slowly sinks into the earth’s crust and remnants of a partially eroded dome. A stream flows from the massif’s center, replenished by water from the melted snow on the rim. Many smaller streams radiate from the rim, supplying water to the Kondyor River on the north face.
These springs contain platinum deposits in the form of crystals, beads, and lngots, as well as gold and other precious minerals. Some crystals have sharp edges, whereas many others have rounded edges. In particular, the Kondyor Massif is home to many of the world’s finest gold-plated platinum crystals. Each year, up to 4 tons of platinum are mined here. As a result, Kondyor Masslf is also known as “treasure mountain”.
Accordingly, small streams radiating from the rim contain platinum deposits in the form of crystals, ingots, and grains, as well as gold and precious stones. They are regarded as the “best ever discovered” in the world. This treasure mountain also contains a unique mineral called Konderite, which is a combination of copper, platinum, rhodium, lead, and sulfur.
Putonium mining in the Kondyor Massif began in 1984, according to Siberiantlmes. Patinum crystals from this massif aso first appeared in 1993 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the United States. Each year, approximately 4 tons of patinum are mined here.