- Thank a meteorite. You can thank meteorites for gold. Meteorites from over 200 million years ago that is. Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet way back around the time that all continents were one big piece called Pangea. Super cool, right?
- Stay gold. Gold is the only metal that is yellow or “golden.” Other metals may develop a yellowish color, but only after they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals.
- Sunrise. Au is the element symbol for gold. The symbol comes from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise.” The word gold comes from the Germanic languages, originating from the Proto-Germanic gulþ and Proto-Indo-European ghel, meaning “yellow/green.” Although when we think of gold as a color we think of a yellow orange, true gold has a faint green tint to it in natural light.
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