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Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and atomic number 79. This makes it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally. It is a bright, slightly orange-yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal in a pure form. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements and is solid under standard conditions. Gold often occurs in free elemental (native state), as nuggets or grains, in rocks, veins, and alluvial deposits. It occurs in a solid solution series with the native element silver (as electrum), naturally alloyed with other metals like copper and palladium, and mineral inclusions such as within pyrite. Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, often with tellurium (gold tellurides).

Gold is resistant to most acids, though it does dissolve in aqua regia (a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid), forming a soluble tetrachloroaurate anion. Gold is insoluble in nitric acid alone, which dissolves silver and base metals, a property long used to refine gold and confirm the presence of gold in metallic substances, giving rise to the term 'acid test'. Gold dissolves in alkaline solutions of cyanide, which are used in mining and electroplating. Gold also dissolves in mercury, forming amalgam alloys, and as the gold acts simply as a solute, this is not a chemical reaction.

A relatively rare element,[6][7] gold is a precious metal that has been used for coinage, jewelry, and other arts throughout recorded history. In the past, a gold standard was often implemented as a monetary policy. Gold coins ceased to be minted as a circulating currency in the 1930s, and the world gold standard was abandoned for a fiat currency system after the Nixon shock measures of 1971.

In 2020, the world's largest gold producer was China, followed by Russia and Australia.[8] A total of around 201,296 tonnes of gold exists above ground, as of 2020.[9] This is equal to a cube with each side measuring roughly 21.7 meters (71 ft). The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments and 10% in industry.[10] Gold's high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity have led to its continued use in corrosion-resistant electrical connectors in all types of computerized devices (its chief industrial use). Gold is also used in infrared shielding, production of colored glass, gold leafing, and tooth restoration. Certain gold salts are still used as anti-inflammatories in medicine. (Wikipedia)



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Gold plated attractions at this years Australasian Gaming Expo

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) 19 August 2014 – It was wins all round for visitors, exhibitors and those behind the scenes at the 25th anniversary of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), held last week at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island

In addition to the regular displays of the latest gaming and hospitality equipment, there was much to see and do at the event’s new venue. Live animal encounters, a life size replica of the Delorean from the Back to the Future movie franchise, free pizza and coffee samples and the chance to win free trips to Las Vegas helped to draw a crowd described as by the event organiser as “remarkable”.

“This year’s visitor attendance has been remarkable – which was both reassuring for exhibitors and an endorsement of the approach taken by AEG Ogden to the task of operating the venue and the New South Wales Government’s provision of additional visitor transport options”, commented Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) CEO Ross Ferrar.

As one of the first organisers to book space at Glebe Island, Ross and his team had confidence in the interim venue from the get-go and he credits AGE 2014’s success in no small part to the SEC@GI team.

According to SEC@GI Venue Operations Manager Marc Singerling, getting the little things right is just as important as the big stuff.

“Like us, Ross and the team at GTA understand the importance of delivering the full 360 degree experience from the moment visitors and exhibitors step through the door. Whether it’s the temperature of the coffee or getting just the right lighting on each exhibitor stand, each touchpoint needs to complement the others.

"It’s a pleasure to work with them on this show and we’re thrilled to welcome them to Glebe Island during the Darling Harbour redevelopments.”

Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island has been purpose built to provide a fully functioning event space while ICC Sydney, the new exhibition, conference and entertainment complex in Darling Harbour is being developed.

(Casino Life Magazine)

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