​World could run out of minable gold in 20 yrs - report

Reuters / Heinz-Peter Bader
The explored reserves of gold, diamonds and zinc will be enough for 20 years of extraction, according media reports citing a Goldman Sachs research. The explored reserves of platinum, copper and nickel will last for 40 years.

“The combination of very low concentrations of metals in the Earth’s crust, and very few high-quality deposits, means some things are truly scarce,” Eugene King, European metals and mining analyst at Goldman Sachs, wrote in a recent research note quoted by Zero Hedge.

READ MORE: Gold above $1,300 for first time in 5 months

The reduction of precious metal deposits will lead to a sharp rise in prices, he said. Their “relative scarcity and the market’s belief that new discoveries will be limited, is what drives the price of these super-rare commodities.”

USAGOLD analyst Peter Grant says peak gold production will come soon.

“Peak gold is not a new concept at all,” he said to MarketWatch. “Mining output has been fairly flat for years, but new discoveries of gold have been falling rapidly.”