Is Gold a Mineral?


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Gold is a mineral and was one of the first used by prehistoric cultures. It is appreciated for its physical appearance, its workability and its ability to withstand chemicals.

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Gold is an opaque metal that is yellow to whitish yellow in color. Its physical properties include malleability and a low melting point. Gold is used in currency, jewelry, dentistry, electronics and in photography processes. It is mainly found in three deposits: hydrothermal quartz veins and in metamorphic and igneous rocks, consolidated to unconsolidated placer deposits, and in volcanic-exhalative sulphide deposits. Gold has the ability to wash away lighter sediments during gold panning.

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