Gold is so pliable that it can be made into sewing thread. An ounce of gold can be stretched over 50 miles.

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  1. ldsrr91

    I just read something similar to this. Charles Garrett;Roy Lagal. You Can Find Gold: With a Metal Detector: Prospective and Treasure Hunting (Prospecting and Treasure Hunting) (p. 27). Kindle Edition. Pure gold is heavy.. .almost 20 times as heavy as water. And, it is a dense metal. If a ton of pure gold were cast into a cube, no dimension would be much more than 14 inches.

    The value of this golden block only a little more than 14 inches long, 14 inches wide and 14 inches tall would be something over $100 million, give or take a few hundred thousand dollars, depending up current prices. Gold is very malleable and ductile. It can be pounded into sheets unbelievably thin.

    A cubic inch of gold can be hammered into a leaf four-millionth of an inch thick that will cover nearly 1400 square feet. A million of these thin sheets of gold would make a stack only about three inches high. In fact, gold leaf can be pounded so thin that its particles will disappear into the pores of the skin when it is crumbled. One troy ounce (roughly 10% heavier than an avoirdupois ounce) of gold can be drawn into a wire 50 miles long.

    Nebraska is an interesting place eh BIll?


    1. Bill Post author

      Indeed. I love the high plains.

      Re gold: All the gold on Earth would make a cube only 65 feet on a side. Also, every molecule of gold was formed in the heart of a star, which then exploded at the end of its life cycle. The gold eventually was drawn together by gravity, along with a lot of silicon, carbon, oxygen iron and trace elements, and formed the Earth. The metal in your wedding ring is thus literally billions of years old.


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