Gold Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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Gold has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal since long before the beginning of recorded history. You may be surprised by the following gold facts.


1
Gold is the only metal that is yellow or "golden." Other metals may develop a yellowish color only when oxidized or reacted with other chemicals.

2
Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites.

3
Gold is extremely ductile. A single ounce of gold can be stretched into a gold thread 5 miles long.

4
A single ounce of gold can be beaten out into a sheet that is 300 square feet.

5
Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be moulded with the hands.

6
Gold metal flakes may be eaten in foods or drinks.

7
Gold is relatively unreactive and resists degradation by air, moisture, or acidic conditions.

8
75% of all gold ever produced has been extracted since 1910.

9
Gold is one of the heaviest metals in the world.