Where is gold found in nature?


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Gold is found throughout the earth and the sea. There are natural spots on the earth that contain more amounts of gold. Gold is commonly found within rock and granite in the earth.

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Where is gold found in nature?
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In its natural form, gold is very irregular and not refined, as it is normally seen in its finished state. Gold is found in many forms. These forms include plates, large spongy pieces, scales and microscopic pieces. In large cavities and reefs, gold can be found in large quantities resembling the shape of a crystal. This is because there is enough space for it to grow into this enormous shape.

When gold is sought after in rivers, it is found where the water velocity has lowered. The lowering allows for the gold to "fall out" of the current of water. More times than not, gold will be found with other precious and non-precious metals. The gold must be extracted from these metals. The presence of gold in sea water is believed to be far greater than the presence anywhere else on earth. Despite this, it is not sought after because the cost of retrieving the gold would be more than the cost of the gold that is retrieved.

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