Gold is a chemical element. Its symbol on the periodic table is Au, and it is classified as a transition metal. It has an atomic number of 79, which is one of the higher atomic numbers of elements that occur naturally. More »

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The existence of gold has been known for over 5,500 years; therefore, the exact location of its discovery is unknown. Gold is a metal element that is often found with other metal elements such as silver and copper. More »

There is no record that states when gold was discovered, but it is known to have been used by human beings since at least 3000 B.C. A fairly stable element, gold can be found in a free state, often in stream beds. More »

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Because gold is an element, a lump of pure gold contains nothing but gold atoms. Because pure gold is very soft and easily marred, it is often alloyed with other metals to make jewelry, coins and other precious objects. More »

Gold is a naturally occurring element on the periodic table and cannot be manufactured or made from other elements except through nuclear reactions. Gold is created when a star explodes to become a supernova or neutron s... More »

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At normal room temperature, about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, gold exists in a solid phase. It is classified as a metal and must be heated to extreme temperatures to transform into a gas or liquid. It is a soft metal and is e... More »

Pure gold is not magnetic under normal circumstances, but it might show slight signs of magnetism if it is subjected to an exceptionally strong magnet. Iron, cobalt and nickel are among the few magnetic metals. Gold allo... More »

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