Recently, gold prices continued to break records. This was accompanied by decreasing the production of the world – nearly 8% since 2001.
In the entire history was produced only 161 000 tonnes of gold, more than half were in the past 50 years. If all this gold to float together, get a cube with sides of approximately 20 meters.
Today let’s talk about gold, but also about the people who obtain it, buy and sell.
This is the world’s largest gold bar weighing 250 kg. He is in the Museum of Japanese gold mine Toy and has dimensions 45.5 x 22.5 x 17 cm ingot was produced by Mitsubishi Materials June 11, 2005. To date, the purchase would have cost 428 million rubles.
Another record-breaker – a bar of gold weighing 220 kg. It is located in the Museum of Gold Jinguashi in Taiwan. It can even touch it. (Photo by SAM YEH | AFP | Getty Images):
Old gold coin from a museum in Israel. Was minted in Egypt in 1095 BC (Photo (GALI TIBBON | AFP | Getty Images):
Production of gold jewelry in the jewelry factory in the city of Calcutta, India. (Photo by Parth Sanyal | Reuters):
Golden sushi. Is it possible to eat gold? It turns out that it’s even good. At least the sushi with a thin gold leaf. (Photo by LEON NEAL | AFP | Getty Images):
People extract gold from time immemorial. With the gold facing humanity in the V millennium BC. Oe. in the Neolithic era. The photo artisanal gold mining in Kenya, East Africa. Here are engaged in many of the families to feed themselves. Incidentally, South Africa is no longer a producer of gold # 1 in the world and its place was taken by China. In 2010, the 5th largest gold producers were as follows:
China – 12.8%.
Australia – 9.4%.
South Africa – 8.9%.
United States – 8.9%.
Russia – 7.9%
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Buddha statue made of pure gold in a store in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao | Reuters):
Gold bars in Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals. There is also Russia’s largest jewelry production (2nd place) of gold, platinum, palladium and silver. In Russia, considered to be the beginning of the gold May 21, 1745. The sample ranges from 0 to 1000 and shows the content of gold in thousandths. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin | Reuters):
Gold statuettes on display in a store in Hong Kong. (Photo by MIKE CLARKE | AFP | Getty Images):
More than 8000 illegal miners are working on just one river to Doug in Colombia. The authorities are continuing the fight to them. (Photo by Jaime Saldarriaga | Reuters):
Here in this form are illegal in Colombia brings the gold merchants. (Photo by Jaime Saldarriaga | Reuters):
Gold jewelry, treasure hunters found in Scotland. They are approximately 300-100 BC (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images):
Another interesting finding, this one from Bulgaria. This is a gilded silver cup depicting the Greek god of love Eros. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov | Reuters):
Gold has always been a symbol of wealth, this is another reason why people are always willing to exposed gold teeth show. In addition, gold has always been the best material for artificial teeth, because it is completely neutral to our body metal. Another option – buy a removable gold teeth, they offer many western sites. (Photo by Ezra Shaw | Getty Images):
The gold content in the soil is very low. If all the gold was scattered evenly in the crust, the 0.5 tons of earth would be to get about 1 gram of pure gold. Gold contained in the water and 4 kg in 1 cubic kilometer of water. The photo is another illegal gold miners. This time from Costa Rica. (Photo by Juan Carlos Ulate | Reuters):
In contrast to the illegal production of small carts, the largest gold mining companies carry tons of earth, for example, huge trucks Caterpillar. This is a quarry in the U.S. state of Colorado, has been producing AngloGold Ashanti Limited – a global mining company, which has mines on four continents. (Photo by Matthew Staver | Bloomberg):
Trucks driven by gold-bearing rock at it’s plant in Colorado. There are gold on an industrial scale by cyanide (not going into details). (Photo by Matthew Staver | Bloomberg):
Illegal gold mining in Brazil. (Photo by Andre Penner | AP):
The work of French artist Yves Klein called «Relief eponge». This arrangement of the sheet attached to the tree sponge, covered with gold. She became the most expensive lot, sold at auction at Christie’s February 11, 2010. Its value was 9.184 million U.S. dollars. (Photo by Sang Tan | AP):
Golden statues of the heroes of the Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” They were made specifically for the promotion of Blu-ray from Disney cartoons. (Photo YOSHIKAZU TSUNO | AFP | Getty Images):
Pure gold – very soft and heavy metal: a ball of pure gold, 46 mm in diameter (smaller than a tennis ball) has a mass of 1 kg. From a piece of gold weighing 1 gram can pull the wire length of 3 kilometers, or make a gold foil is 500 times thinner than a human hair. The softness of pure gold is so high that it can be scratched with a fingernail. (Photo by Matthew Staver | Bloomberg):
That just is not made of gold. For example, awards for the Berlin International Film Festival in the form of gold bears. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch | Reuters):
Illegal gold mining in Indonesia. During the day, so you can namyt about 1.5-2 grams of gold and earn about $ 30. (Photo by Tarmizy Harva | Reuters):
One more miners out of Indonesia. (Photo by Sigit Pamungkas | Reuters):
Extraction of the precious metal – is not the most pleasant work, and Indonesia. (Photo by Sigit Pamungkas | Reuters):
Gold mining in northern Myanmar. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun | Reuters):
The exhibition of gold and silver jewelry in Tokyo. This piece weighing 15 kg is about 1.5 million dollars. (Photo YOSHIKAZU TSUNO | AFP | Getty Images):
Production of gold bullion. Gold melts at 1063 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Daniel Acker | Bloomberg):
Gold 999.9-carat “clean”, that such a sample, it happens in bars. (Photo by Daniel Acker | Bloomberg):
Production of gold jewelry at the factory in the city of Chandigarh, India. (Photo by Ajay Verma | Reuters):
Gold busts of Chinese leaders: President Hu Jintao, former president Jiang Zemin, the late patriarch Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. (Photo WANG ZHAO | AFP | Getty Images):
Australia is ranked 2nd in the world in gold production. It is the largest porphyry copper deposit of gold-ore Cade in Australia. (Photo by JACKY GHOSSEIN | AFP | Getty Images):
Pure gold is at the company «Dvir & Stoler Refining» in New York. (Photo by Daniel Acker | Bloomberg):
The exhibition of gold and silver jewelry in Tokyo. Golden statue of a bird of prey. (Photo by Issei Kato | Reuters):