Facts about Gold
The term Gold has been derived from the old English word ‘geolu’ that means yellow. Gold is one of the most sought-after metals in the world. Most of the world’s gold is at the centre of the earth. There is enough of this metal to coat the entire surface of the earth with an 18-inch thick layer. In every cubic mile of seawater, there is 25 tons of gold. That is a total of about 10 billion tons but there is no known economical way to recover this. The world produces more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since time began.
Quick Facts: –
- A single ounce of the metal can be drawn into a wire 60 miles long.
- It can be found beneath the earth on all seven continents.
- The world’s largest gold nugget ever found was more than 5 feet tall.
- The chemical symbol for gold is ‘Au’ that has been derived from the Latin word ‘Aurum’.
- It is the most malleable and ductile of all the pure metals known to humans. It is also a great conductor of electricity.
- This metal does not get rusty and remains shiny forever. The reason for this is because it never oxidizes.
- The largest consumer of gold in the world is India.
- It is also the state mineral of California and Alaska.
- First ever pure gold coins were created by King Croesus of Lydia in 540 B.C.
- All of the gold in the world could be expressed into an 18-yard cube.
- The chemically liquefied metal is injected into the muscles of rheumatoid arthritis victims in the US.