The physical properties and physical characteristics of Gold.
Physical Characteristics of Gold
- Gold is a metal.
- Gold's colour is golden "butter" yellow.
- Gold's luster is metallic.
- Gold's transparency is opaque.
- Gold's Crystal System is isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m
- Gold's Crystal Habits include massive nuggets and disseminated grains. Also wires, dendritic and arborescent crystal clusters.
- Cleavage is absent in Gold.
- Fracture is jagged in Gold.
- Streak is golden yellow in Gold.
- Gold's hardness is 2.5 - 3
- Specific Gravity of Gold is 19.3+ (which is extremely heavy even for metallic minerals)
- Associated Minerals with Gold include quartz, nagyagite, calaverite, sylvanite, krennerite, pyrite and other sulfides.
Gold's other physical characteristics:
- Gold is ductile
- Gold is malleable
- Gold is sectile
- Meaning that gold can be pounded into other shapes, stretched into a wire and cut into slices.
Notable Occurances of Gold
- Notable Occurrences of Gold include California and South Dakota, USA; Siberia, Russia; South Africa; Canada and other localities around the world.
Best Field Indicators of Gold
- Best Field Indicators for gold are color, density, hardness, sectility, malleability and ductility.
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