Gold. By Amanda. What is Gold?.
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Gold is an element that is also known as AU. In the dictionary, it is stated that gold is a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion. In other words, gold is a metal that has a yellow color. It is very easy to melt and form into many different types of jewelry. It is also wealth and a form of deposit for many families in the world. Gold is one of the most valuable metal in the world and if its price increase or decrease, it will affect a lot of people. It is one of the few elements that many people are familiar with.
Many scientists aren’t sure of the exact time gold is found. All the know is that gold has been around on earth for a long time. Nobody really knows where and when it is found but gold is very famous for its beauty. On of the earliest gold discoveries was in Crete, Egypt and Sumer in the year 3000 B.C. People say that the Egyptians were the first ones to find it. Egyptians found golden nuggets at the sides of the Nile river. In a while, Sumerians, Minoans, Mycenaeans, Egyptians, Etruscans and others became skilled goldsmiths and made wonderful jewelry. In the old times, gold was embroidedin the royal family’s clothing along with other precious rocks.
Gold can cause irritation and allergic reaction to our bodies, but this rarely happens and if it does, it can be cured. Gold mining is the one that produces a big issue. It is one of the main reasons for global warming and it isn’t environmental friendly. It produces bad pollution because of the machines being used and it can cause a lot of landslides. Because gold can only be found deep underground, people are trying every way they can to take it out of the earth. They have to drill the ground which is also bad because first of all, it ruins the habitat of many animals and second, it also causes pollution.