Does Gold Have a Smell?

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Gold does not have a smell, and it is also tasteless. It is a dense, soft and inert metal that has been sought after and used since antiquity. Gold is often found in free form, though it can also be extracted from minerals like tellurium. It does not tarnish.

Scientists believe that gold is deposited from liquids and gases that bubble up from beneath the Earth's surface through faults in the Earth's crust. This is why gold is found in lodes or veins, in placer deposits and in sea water. Placer deposits are made of nuggets and grains of gold in stream beds.