Gold prices and further information

Overview of Gold

Gold is a very soft naturally occuring metal found beneath the ground in various countries around the world. Gold has been favoured by jewellers to make jewellery due to its attractive appearence and its ability to be formed into different shapes easily.

 

What is Gold

Gold is a metallic element with the atomic number 79 and the symbol Au. The name gold comes from an Old English word meaning yellow. The largest gold deposits are found in South Africa with other smaller ones found in Australia, the former USSR and USA.

Some interesting facts about Gold taken from ThoughtCo.com are:

  • Gold is the only metal that is yellow or "golden". Other metals may develop a yellowish color, but only after they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals.
  • Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.
  • Although gold is a heavy, dense metal, it is generally considered non-toxic. Gold metal flakes may be eaten in foods or drinks.
  • Gold is extremely ductile. A single ounce of gold (about 28 grams) can be stretched into a gold thread 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. Gold threads can even be used as embroidery thread.

For more information on Gold please follow THIS LINK to The ZME Science website.. .

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