Although Zurcoin is built with Bitcoin codebase, the way it mines is fundamentally completely different. This is because instead of mining on SHA-256, which is the algorithm that Bitcoin is mined with, Zurcoin is a Quark-based cryptocurrency.
When cryptocurrencies are produced via a process of hardware mining as a result of a method called Proof-of-work, there are a number of ways in which they can be instructed to do so. Quark is a method that comes from 2013, a little later than the earlier forms of mining which is how cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin are produced.
The first difference between SHA-256 and Quark is that Quark uses 9 different hashes (formula combinations) to mine a single Zurcoin block vs. SHA-256 which uses 6 hashes. Further, whereas SHA-256 is an actual algorithm (equation) in and of itself, Quark is not. Instead, Quark is a word for a broader system that represents 6 separate algorithms all running at the same time, solving the 9 hashes that is used to create a block on Zurcoin's Blockchain.
The effect of these changes is that Zurcoin is a lot more secure to mine (and therefore spend) than Bitcoin is, while at the same time requiring a lot less power to mine. As a result, Zurcoin is an inherently more distributed cryptocurrency than any other Proof-of-work digital asset in existence today.
Proof-of-Work blockchains are proven to be far superior in terms of price performance with respect to store-of-value of digital coins.
While Proof-of-Stake blockchains are popular with a wide number of people, the coins tend to never appreciate much in value as so many coins are always flooding the market.
Quark algorithm fortifies the PoW method of mining making 50%+1 attacks effectively impossible too, so it's the best of all worlds!
Because of Quark's 6 algorithms, Zurcoin is a lot cleaner to mine than other digital currencies, using a lot less hashpower.
The increased complexity of an extra 3 hashes makes Zurcoin the only Quanatum-proof PoW crypto around.
Due to the lower energy costs of mining Zurcoin vs. other PoW-based digital currencies, Zurcoin is highly-distributed.
Because of the intensive nature of so many algorithms mining a higher-number of hashes, Zurcoin is lightening-quick.
One of the best aspects of Bitcoin that has made it so popular is how simple it is to use. Zurcoin is exactly the same.
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