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Interesting Facts About Gold

• Gold can be made into thread, and used to embroider coats, boots, and household sheets and pillows.

• The largest piece of gold ever found was in Australia. It was nearly pure and produced 142 pounds of gold, the equivalent of almost 65 kg. Other sources say that the heaviest nuggest came from California and weighed 195 pounds, approximately 88.5 kg.

• Gold was highly desired since the beginning of time. This is the reason some people began to experiment chemically, and turn other metals into gold, and they began to be known as alchemists.

• The chemical symbol for gold in the Periodic Table of Elements is (AU), from the Latin word for gold aurum.

• All the gold in the world can be compressed into a 16.5 meter cube.

• From the beginning of time, only 88,000 tons of gold have been taken from earth.
• A one-once gold nugget is rarer in nature than a 5 carat diamond!

• Gold is denser and heavier than other metals, such that a piece of gold is 6 or 7 times heavier than any other piece of metal of the same size.
• A single ounce of gold can be wired into a length of 60 miles or 96.5 km.

• Under the ocean, there are about 25 tons of gold in every cubic meter. This all adds up to 10 billion tons of gold hidden under the earth’s oceans. Unfortunately, there is no economically known way of retrieving it known to man.

• The United States banned the private ownership of gold for a period of 41 years. It became legal to own gold as of December 31, 1974.

• Nuclear reactions on platinum produce gold, but the high platinum cost make gold extraction by this method very expensive.

• Gold is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis patients by injecting liquefied gold into their muscles.

• Astronauts’ helmets and window glass to allow sunlight to pass while keeping a low temperature and reflecting infrared rays.

• Gold became revered because of its properties, such as being chemically inactive and does not react to moisture, heat, air, or ordinary solvents.

• Gold can be hammered into so thin a sheet that sunlight can pass through.