Interesting Facts About Gold
Gold can be made into thread, and used to
embroider coats, boots, and household sheets and
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
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
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 earths
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
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
Gold can be hammered into so thin a sheet that
sunlight can pass through.