Gold crystallizes in the cubic system.
It does not oxidize and conducts electricity
better than any element other than Silver.
Gold can be found in seawater in very small amounts.
Some plants chelate gold from the environment.
The smaller the gold particle,
the easier it can be absorbed
by a plant or animal.
Gold is the most malleable and ductile of all metals.
Bonded with silver, gold is extensively shaped
into valuable jewelry because of its durability.
It can become soluble in a solution of four parts
hydrochloric acid to one part manganese oxide.
Throughout history, the quest to acquire gold
and the monetary value it represents
has resulted in more human endeavors in search
of treasure than any other metallic element.
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