Gold Facts: Reposted

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  1. This metal has received the name “gold” for a good reason: the word comes from Old English and it means “ yellow” (and the Aztec word for gold, “teocuitatl” is translated by the Europeans as “excrement of the gods”; the Latin name is “aurum” which is “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise”).
  2. Gold can be found on each of the 7 continents and 80% of it is still buried somewhere underground and 10 billion tons lays in the oceans. Until today, 161 000 tons of it has been mined, 73% of it has been extracted since 1910. And 2/3 of the world’s gold comes come from South Africa and India is the biggest consumer of gold today.
  3. A standard gold bar is 7″ by 3 and 5/8″ by 1 and 3/4″ and the most expensive gold coin is the Double Eagle (1933) sold in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.
  4. 2,063 degrees Fahrenheit is the melting point of gold and the absolutely pure one is so soft that it can be molded with bare hands (it is a known fact that gold is one of the most malleable and ductile metal).
  5. Gold can be manufactured so thin that it appears transparent. It is used in some aircraft cockpit windows for de-icing or anti-icing by passing electricity through it. The heat produced by the resistance of the gold is enough to deter ice from forming.
  6. Gold is 19,3 times as heavy as water: for example, one cubic meter weights 19 300 kg. If we listen to the scientists, we might find gold on Mars, Mercury or Venus. Until then, enjoy our beautiful earthly gold.

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