Chemistry: Mining the Sea

Chemists located the treasure long ago, and the knowledge that many valuable elements, including gold, are found in sea water has nourished a long dream of riches. But try as they would, no seawater miners could recover precious metals in practical quantities. Germany's famed Chemist Fritz Haber spent years after World War I trying to extract gold from the ocean to pay off his country's war reparations. He failed, and finally gave up the struggle. But in Angewandte Chemie (Applied Chemistry) another German chemist tells how he took a long step toward...

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