Friday, 7 April 2017

Why Gold Is Not Overrated ?


Photo: Quinn
I always had a slight repulsion towards gold. Mostly because growing up in India(especially Kerala), I saw gold as a synonym to dowry. So even though the gold in itself is beautiful, I could never see it without my tainted prejudiced eyes.

But yesterday I found out about the origin of this precious metal and for the first time I saw gold as something more than a commodity of marriage business. And I was so excited about this new found information that I decided to share it with you guys..

1. Gold comes from Outer Space!

Unlike other elements including carbon or iron, gold cannot be created within a star/planet but instead must be born from an event known a gamma-ray burst. Basically collision of two neutron stars - Supernova! And all the debris from explosion (including gold in the form of dust) was thrown flowing across the universe. Some of these particles helped in making our solar system. When the earth was molten, all the gold probably sank into its core and slowly after millions of years small part of gold reached earth crust due to asteroid collisions or volcanic moments.

Gold is literally stardust.

Photo: NASA

2. Used by Astronauts

Gold reflects infrared and harmful UV rays and that's why astronaut helmets come equipped with a visor coated with a thin layer of gold.

Photo: Mo Riza

3. Golden Cure

Some gold salts have anti-inflammatory properties and at present two are used as pharmaceuticals in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other similar condition. Apart from that research has been going on for it's use in cancer treatment. The radioactive gold isotope Au-198 can be injected directly into the site of a tumor, where its radiation can destroy tumor cells without much spillover to the rest of the body.

4. Gold is Rare

Gold is rarer than diamond. The world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since time began. That said, since gold comes from space there is a huge possibility that it can be found on other planets like mars, venus etc

5. It was our First!

Gold was one of the first metals discovered by man, along with copper, around 5000 BC (7000 years ago).

Photo: Alexander

So even though I still hate the way gold is connected to Indian wedding scenario, I can't help but be awed by this star-studded (literally) metal. It has definitely got my attention and well deserved respect. I hope in future instead of just accumulating it for economic reason, people take a moment to admire gold for what it really is - a souvenir which defies time and space, which has travelled from across the universe and still shines as it did when born.




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