Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Five Interesting Facts About Gold

As many of you that know me well or those of you who just enjoy following TexanTreks have learned....I love me some gold prospecting.  Personally, nothing beats getting up into the mountains and going on a treasure hunt.  Sure it is hard work, but it is the kind of honest work that makes you feel good at the end of the day.  Throw in a little bit of gold and sometimes some beautiful red garnets and I love it!   I've posted accounts of several of my past mining adventures:

Gold Prospecting around Stanton Arizona
A Colorado Gold Adventure
Getting Gold on Cache Creek, Colorado
South Dakota GPAA Claims

I also enjoy reading about gold prospecting and the history of the old gold mining times and ghost towns.  Today I came across some quite interesting gold facts I thought I would share with you.  I am pretty sure you will find them just as interesting as I did!

Five Interesting Facts About Gold -
1. All the gold that has ever been found in the entire world would fit inside three Olympic size swimming pools! Just one table spoon of gold is worth almost $10,000. This stuff is rare!
2. Apple Inc - In 2015 Apple recovered a whopping 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones. You see there is .035 grams of gold in every iPhone. So just in 2015 Apple recovered $40 million in gold. WOW!
3. An Olympic gold medal is only 1% gold.  The rest is actually silver......
4. The first gold rush in the US was actually in North Carolina 50 years before the California Gold Rush of 1849.  A boy found a 17 pound gold nugget which his family used as a door stop for three years before they figured out what it actually was!
5. Gold has been found on every continent on Earth, but mining for it is illegal on Antarctica