Man has known of gold since antiquity. It is a relatively soft metal with a characteristic yellow color that forms octahedral or dodecahedral crystals. Gold melts at 1338 degrees kelvin and boils at 3080 degrees kelvin. Gold is the most ductile and malleable of any element. It is used heavily as a standard for monetary systems, as well as in jewelry. This metal is also used for printed circuits, bonding transistors and diodes to wires, infrared reflectors, and specialized medical treatments.
Citation of a publication:
National Bureau of Standards
(U.S.), Circular. 359 (1953) p1;
Obtained from the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
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