Incredibly Odd Questions about Gold

We’ve heard a lot of odd questions about gold over the years, and we’ve been saving them up. Today, we’d like to share some of them with you and tell you the answers.

Question One: Is it true that the human body contains gold?

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Yes, the human body does. According to the best sources we can find, a human being who weighs about 160 pounds also contains about 0.2 milligrams of gold. It is found in very small amounts, distributed chemically throughout the body. But can you recycle yourself… or can your heirs recycle you after you pass on and get that gold back? Theoretically yes, but the amount of gold would be so small, you just aren’t worth it.

Question Two: Is it true that seawater contains gold?

Yes, seawater does contain gold. Per most estimates, one gallon of average seawater contains about 4 billionths of a gram of gold. Another way to look at it? Someone has estimated that all the water in all the oceans on earth contains a total of about 20 million tons of gold. But when you stop to consider that there are more than 332,000,000 cubic miles of water in all the oceans on earth (per the U.S. Geological Survey), it’s going to be pretty difficult to get your hands on it. You better have a very powerful pump and an awful lot of time on your hands.

Question Three: Is it true that sand contains gold?

The answer is, it depends on where the sand is located. In areas where gold is relatively common (think the parts of Northern California and Alaska that were targeted during the Gold Rush of 1849), you might find enough gold in sand to be worth recycling. It is also true that in those same areas, it is possible to dredge large quantities of sand that is found on the ocean floor and obtain gold that can be refined profitably. But if you’re living in an area where gold is not generally found, chances are slim that you are going to find enough of it to recycle by sifting through sand.

Question Four: Is it true that glass soft drink bottles contain tiny quantities of gold?

Yes, they probably do. But then again, the same could be said of golf balls, eucalyptus leaves, and the air we breathe. The fact is, many substances contain tiny quantities of gold of varying purity, but that doesn’t mean it is worth extracting. And although there is currently one company that claims that it possesses the technology to profitably extract gold from glass bottles, it seems far-fetched, if not impossible. Given the fact that glass bottles are not made from chemicals that contain gold, or sand that contains gold, where would that gold come from?

Do You Have Items to Test?

Despite the questions we cover in today’s post, it really is possible to profit by extracting gold from old jewelry, electronics, dental scrap, and other sources. To learn more, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners today at 800-426-2344.

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