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Containing gold; gold-bearing.

[From Latin aurifer, gold-bearing : aurum, gold + -fer, -fer.]
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(Geological Science) (of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing
[C18: from Latin aurifer gold-bearing, from aurum gold + ferre to bear]
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(ɔˈrɪf ər əs)

yielding or containing gold.
[1720–30; < Latin aurifer gold-bearing (see auri-1, -fer) + -ous]
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Adj.1.auriferous - containing goldauriferous - containing gold; "auriferous quartz veins"
metal, metallic - containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal; "a metallic compound"; "metallic luster"; "the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce
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Thenceforth for some weeks backward and forward rush mysterious men with no names, who fly about all those particular parts of the country on which Doodle is at present throwing himself in an auriferous and malty shower, but who are merely persons of a restless disposition and never do anything anywhere.
She had taken her degree in geology and mineralogy in the University of London, and while working upon the auriferous rocks of North Wales, after a brief holiday spent in agitating for women's suffrage, she had been struck by the possibility of these reefs cropping up again under the water.
Brazil Minerals also announced that it has started the process towards a license for commercial mining of an highly promising adjacent site which contains auriferous and diamondiferous gravel layer over 20 feet in thickness.
Between 35 to 50 feet in depth the desired auriferous and diamondiferous gravel layer appears, followed by bedrock at about 60 feet.
Firstly, in her doctoral thesis she analyzed the collaboration, competition and conflict between secular and ecclesiastical authorities in the auriferous region of Minas Gerais before and after the creation of the bishopric of Mariana (37).
From the perspective of gold metallogeny and prospection, predicting the spatial distribution of these potentially auriferous coseismic discharge zones--by means of a static stress modelling approach as analogous to seismological studies on present-day active faults--is a highly valuable and relevant approach.
According to the new research, which focused on "the region of the Deseado Massif at the Argentinean Patagonia, one of the largest auriferous provinces in the whole planet and whose gold mines are still being exploited,"&nbsp;( mantle plumes are responsible for bringing some of the gold from deep within Earth up to shallower depths from where it could be mined.