By Ashleigh Paull
What is the name of your element and it's abbreviation?
Why did you choose this element? What made you find this element interesting?
How did this element get it's name? Does it match up to it's abbreviation?
When was it discovered?
Gold was discovered in New South Wales in 1815. However the ancient Egyptians were using gold at least a millennium before the common era.
Who discovered the element?
Although, nobody can be sure who first discovered it.
Many claim the first gold coin was "minted" in what is now Turkey about 600 B.C. There were discovered Egyptian gold pieces dated by the markings from 1400 B.C.
What does this element look like?
What are the properties/characteristics of this element? What is it like at room temperature?
Gold at room temperature is in solid state. Just one ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet that measures roughly 5 meters on a side.
Thin sheets of gold, that are called gold leaf, are used in arts and crafts for gilding.
Why is it important to preserve or to keep creating this element? what is it used for?
Name one or two things that you found unusual about this element?
- Although gold is a heavy, dense metal, it is generally considered non-toxic. Gold metal flakes may be eaten in foods or drinks.
- Very few chemicals can attack gold, so that’s why it keeps it shine even when buried for 1000’s of years.