Is gold actually that rare? We found some!

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From Verge Science.

Gold is arguably the most precious metal in the world, but how rare is it really? We went on our own gold panning expedition to find out.

Correction (6:08): While there was active gold mining around Butte, Montana, the Berkeley Pit mine pictured was primarily a copper mine.

Further reading:

“Gold Panning is Easy” guidebook:
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/search/results?q=gold%20panning%20is%20easy

Article on the cosmic origin of gold:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/did-neutron-stars-or-supernovas-forge-the-universes-supply-of-gold-20170323/

Study on gold-rich asteroid bombardment:
https://www.nature.com/articles/nature10399

Gold Council statistics on gold supply:
https://www.gold.org/about-gold/gold-supply/gold-mining/how-much-gold

Earthworks “No Dirty Gold” campaign:
https://www.earthworks.org/campaigns/no-dirty-gold/retailers/golden_rules/#.Uk3qySR57bo

International mining standards guidance:
https://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-Minerals-Edition3.pdf

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