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Friday, 23 February 2018

Gold Interesting Facts

The chemical element number 79. Gold has been revered in almost all human cultures for as long as civilizations have been able to admire – and use – this precious metal’s unique properties. Gold is extremely malleable, conducts electricity, doesn’t tarnish, alloys well with other metals and is easy to work with wires or sheets. Not to mention, gold is unrivaled in its natural brilliant luster and glossy shine. Because of these unique properties, gold makes its ways into almost every sphere of modern life in some way, shape or form. Let’s look at some interesting facts about gold:

The world's largest gold bar weighs 250 kg.

Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.

Our bodies contain about 0.2 milligrams of gold, most of it in our blood.

Earthquakes turn water into gold.

Small traces of gold have been found in the leaves of Eucalyptus(where koalas eat) trees.

More gold is recoverable from a ton of personal computers than from 17 tons of gold ore.

Olympic Gold Medals only contains 1.34% of gold.

3 Olympic swimming pools can hold all the gold ever mined in the world.

Six ten-billionths of the Sun is gold.

Over 6 milligrams of gold is lost every year from a Wedding Ring just by wearing it.

The world's oceans contain nearly 20 million tons of gold.

Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.

Carat weight can be 10, 12, 14, 18, 22, or 24. The higher the number, the greater the purity.

24k Gold melts at 1063°C.

Nearly half the gold ever mined has come from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa.

In 2014, Dubai launched a program that pays children 2 grams of gold for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight they lose.

Aurophobia is the fear of gold.

Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.

Mr. T's gold collection is worth over US$120,000.

The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million.

McLaren F1's engines are built with gold.

Injecting gold into the body can help fight cancer.

There are 52,000 tonnes of minable gold still in the ground worth US$2 trillion.

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones in 2015. That's worth about US$40 million.

A ton of iPhones yields 300 times more gold than a ton of gold ore.

About one-fifth of all the gold held by the world's governments, worth about US$248 billion, is stored beneath the streets of London.

NASA estimates that the near-Earth asteroid, Eros, contains 20 billion tons of gold.

A single ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet covering nearly 100 square feet, or drawn out into 50 miles of gold wire.

The world's most expensive iPhone 5 was worth US$15 million. It was made of 135 grams of 24-carat gold and the chassis was inlaid with 600 white diamonds.

After Switzerland, the world's largest per capita gold reserves are held by Lebanon.

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