Thursday, January 20, 2011

Discovery Channel's "10 Surprising Facts About Gold"

Gold symbolizes wealth, strength, love, power, balance, justice, perfection, happiness and so on.. This are just some of the symbolism's of Gold.

What is Gold?

Wikipedia will answer for you:

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum "gold", originally "shining dawn") and an atomic number of 79. It has been a highly sought-after precious metal of coinage, jewelry, and other arts since the beginning of recorded history.

Where does Gold come from?

According to recent studies, there are many astronomers who now suggest that it and other heavy metals were formed in the early days of the universe when neutron stars collided. These neutron rich, catastrophic explosions caused by the enormous stars spiraling into each other at unimaginable speeds were among the most powerful explosions in the universe! These explosions seem to account for the neutron rich heavy elements like gold.

Discovery Channel's 10 Surprising Facts About Gold

1.) Historically, Its Worth Has Been Stable

~ Over the past decade, the value of gold has risen sharply, from about $279 per ounce in 2000 to around $1,300 per ounce in mid-2010.

2.) It Can Be Stretched for Miles

3.) It's Soft But Heavy

~ Despite its softness, gold is so incredibly dense and heavy that a cubic foot of it weighs half a ton.

4.) It's Sifted From Soil

~ Much of today's gold supply comes not from digging deep mines in search of ore-bearing veins, but from sifting through vast quantities of soil for loose grains eroded from mountains and carried by flowing water.

5.) It's Born in Supernovas

~ While no one knows for certain how most heavier elements like gold are made, what is known about the stellar origin of all elements is that a star's nuclear furnace can only produce nuclei up to the size of iron (atomic number 26 - gold is 79).

6.) Most of it Becomes Jewelry

~ According to the World Gold Council, about 70 percent of the world's gold output is used for making jewelry.

7.) It's Karat Was First a Fruit

~ The karat, the measurement of the purity of gold, originally was a measure of weight.

8.) It's Used in Electronics

~Gold is prized not just be jewelers and bankers but by electronics manufacturers because its high degree of thermal and electrical conductivity makes it an excellent material for efficient wires and contracts.

9.) It Contributed to the Decline of a Nation

~ The vast amounts of gold and silver seized by Spanish conquistadors and shipped back across the Atlantic in galleons increased the European supply of precious materials five-fold between 1492 and 1600.

10.) It Comes in Many Colors

~ In relatively pure form, gold has a characteristic sun-yellow color.

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For this surprising facts we have more reasons to want to own Gold!
We can keep on going but I can assure you that we will end up still wanting Gold or even wanting some More!!!!!

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Debbie P.

My Life is Beautiful

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