I was speaking of alchemy, the process of transmorgrifying one element into another (i.e., physics), not the natural philosphy precursor to modern chemistry (which is incapable of transforming elements).
I'm just trying to nudge people to start thinking a little more and reciting platitudes less.
The fact is, there is lots of silver and gold and other materials, but finding economical supplies is the problem, and that depends on a lot of factors. Saying "there is only so much and no more is being made" is erroneous, as I pointed out somewhat facetiously; all human activities are economic and political, which imposes limits that are not physical, but may be practical.
Sorry if I tweaked you too mcuh. Sometimes it pays to be educated, and to question your assumptions (and sometimes it is better to be lucky than smart).
>>>>>> The age of alchemy started in Chicago, December 2, 1942, though the natural processes have been around since the beginning of the big bang
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I meant that in the context of the post that I was answering. I was not referring to unstable elements and stuff like that. I did get close to an A average in Chem, Physics, Bio, etc. I guess I could have written a longer post, but you KNOW what I meant~! I don't think silver is appearing out of other elements, is it? If it is, then I am selling my SLW>
"Take a physics or chemistry class if you think elements are being made out of one another!"
Happens all the time. The age of alchemy started in Chicago, December 2, 1942, though the natural processes have been around since the beginning of the big bang (or femtoseconds thereafter).
Perhaps it is YOU who needs a physics class...
"Wow. Someone needs a geology class.
Oil is biological biproduct.
Diamonds are formed from coal (also biological) under intense heat and pressure over millions of years, or formed in a lab (as of last year).
Oceans turning into deserts is a result of meteorology and plate tectonics.
Silver and Gold are elements. And yes, they were created "all at once" during the first few minutes of the universe. They predate the Earth itself, and were once part of a pregravitational particulate mass.
There's no more silver getting made."
Astrophysics is more what I had in mind. Silver and gold are a biproduct of the fusion reactions that take place within stars, though the production of silver in stable stars is likely negligible. However, nova/supernova events produce huge quantities (just not where it is practical to mine them...).
Most oil/coal/gas, under current models, is a biological biproduct, though some scientists claim there are geological processes generating most of the oil (they do not at present have a large following, the latest cores did not support the thesis).
Diamonds are probably not biogenetic, and almost certainly not generated from "coal." The earth contains mostly non-biogenetic carbon.
While "meteorology and plate tectonics" have some effect on the oceans, climatological and human causes are far more more immediate WRT desertification (see the effects on corals, for example).
Silver and gold are a biproduct of the fusion reactions that take place within stars, though the production of silver in stable stars is likely negligible since the fusion process consumes huge amounts of energy. However, nova/supernova events produce huge quantities (just not where it is practical to mine them...). A portion of our current supply may have been manufactured in the big bang, but far more was created from precursors in stellar processes throughout the current history of the universe.
To be sure, little of this newly minted gold and silver makes it to the earth...