What Is the Density of Gold?


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The density of gold is 19.3 g/cubic centimeter. The density of gold is defined as the ratio of the mass to the volume.

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A cubic centimeter of gold weighs 19.3 grams. The actual density of gold may differ from one piece to another, according to the way the metal was treated. Cast, rolled and drawn gold may have different densities. Gold is 19.3 times denser than water. During the days of the California Gold Rush, the density of the metal helped those who were looking for gold in the sand of river beds. The gravel and sand washed up because of their lower density, whereas gold would sink at the bottom of the pan.

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