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Gold (Aurum)
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Gold flakes in a pan.

Element Symbol

AU

Atomic Number

79

Group

11 (Ib)

Period

6

Atomic Weight

196.96657 u

Melting Point

1,063 °C (1,945 °F)

Boiling Point

2,966 °C (5,371 °F)

Specific Gravity

19.3 at 20 °C (68 °F)

Oxidation States

+1, +3

Electron Configuration

[Xe]4f145d106s1

Summary

Gold is a chemical element [1] with the atomic number [2] of 79 and chemical symbol of Au. Gold is one of the most unreactive elements, being a noble metal; so it is typically in a metal form of pure gold (nuggets, flakes, etc.).

In the United States of America [3], gold prices have gone up since the economic recession. That is why the Hoffman Group [4] went to Alaska [5], so they could mine the gold and make it rich, similar to what other have done.

As of season 5 [6], 100oz of gold is worth $120,000

Physical Description

Gold is described as a "dense lustrous yellow precious metal". [7]

"Gold is attractive in color and brightness, durable to the point of virtual indestructibility, highly malleable, and usually found in nature in a comparatively pure form. The history of gold is unequaled by that of any other metal because of its perceived value from earliest times." [8]

Trivia

  • "Most gold jewelry isn’t made of pure gold. The amount of gold in a necklace or ring is measured on the karat scale. Pure gold is 24 karats. Bars of gold kept in Fort Knox [9] and elsewhere around the world are considered to be 99.95 percent pure, 24-karat gold." [10]

  • "Humans have been decorating themselves with gold since at least 4000 B.C., according to the National Mining Association." [11]

  • "The inferior mineral nicknamed fool’s gold only mimics gold in looks. Pyrite (Iron Pyrite) is more common, harder, and more brittle than gold. When crushed into powder, it looks greenish-black, whereas real gold powder is yellow." [12]

Gallery

Gold

Gold flakes in a mining pan.

See also

Reference List

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