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Gold in the World

by: T.M. Babu

Wide in content like an encyclopaedia, it covers everything about gold right from its physical and chemical properties, uses, history, birth inside the earth, the searching methods, exploration, mining, extraction, worldwide occurrences, world production, stockpiles, trade, marketing in the past, pres­ent and future, and usage as jewellery.

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ISBN: 9788124611654
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 1st
Pages : Xviii, 360
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Timothy J. Strong
Size: 29
Weight: 1840

Overview

Gold has made a strong inroad into the human consciousness from time immemorial and we find its presence in the Indian Puranas, the Bible, the Koran and in many a religion including Sikhism. Being in human memory from 40000 BCE, it fascinated the Egyptians in constructing sacred gold artefacts, prompted Alexander the Great for gold coinage resulting into numerous invasions, inspired the Romans to mint gold coins, made Queen Cleopatra to wear gold facial foils to enhance her charm and decoratively covered many domes palaces and place of worship, including the Golden Temple, the citadel of Sikh faith and philosophy, and thus gold has maintained the most sought-after status among all precious metals. As jewellery, it is the quintessential part of the Indian psyche. It has survived all odds and is going strong even during the present economic turmoil. The book covers everything about gold right from its physical and chemical properties, uses, history, birth inside the earth, the searching methods, exploration, mining, extraction, worldwide occurrences from continent to continent, country to country and mine to mine, world production, stockpiles, trade, marketing in the past, pres­ent and future, and usage as jewellery. Like an encyclopaedia, this book describes everything about gold. This data-rich coffee table book is the first of its kind and is a sure hit with any avid reader of exploration, mining, geology and general knowledge.

Contents

Prologue

Foreword

Preface

1. Glitter Forever

Indestructible

A Thing of Beauty

Expensive Food

Medicinal Value

Olympics to Oscars

Electricals to Electronics

Space Technology

International Money

Heavy Metal

Distinctive Properties

Electronic Configuration

Malleable and Ductile

Four-Nines Purity

Gold Compounds

Weight Measures

Status Symbol

Midas Touch

Lift Up or Sink Down

2. Fascinating History

First Discovery

Unknown Beginning

Ornamental Metallurgy

Religious Scriptures

Egyptian Golden Era

Ancient Greece

Romans Hydraulics

Persian Treasures

China Silk with Gold

California Gold Rush

Canada Rush

South African Hunt

Australian Encounter

Universal Metal

3. Genesis

Birth from Mother Earth

Primary Igneous

Greenstone Belts

Plate Tectonics

Gold Deposits

Hydrothermal Process

Secondary Sediments

Placers

Lateritic Soil

Native Gold

Gold Minerals

Nuggets

Alchemy

Fool’s Gold

4. Exploration to Extraction: Exploration, the Search

Searching Elephants

Known to Unknown

Satellite Scanning

Aerial Survey

Geological Studies

Geochemistry

Stream Sediment Sampling

Soil Testing

Geophysical Surveys

Geobotany

Drilling

Sampling and Analysis

Resource Evaluation

Mining

Ore–Gangue–Overburden

Surface and Subsurface Deposits

Opencast Mining

Underground Mining

Extraction

Cyanidation

Carbon in Pulb–Carbon in Leach (CIP–CIL)

Heap Leaching

Electrowinning

Preg-robbing

Smelting

Final Product

5. Asia

China

Russia

Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan

Indonesia

Philippines

Mongolia

Saudi Arabia

India

Georgia

Malaysia

Thailand

Vietnam

Myanmar

Japan

Other Asian Countries

Iran

Armenia

Pakisthan

Laos

6. Africa

South Africa

Ghana

Mali

Tanzania

Burkina Faso

Zimbabwe

Sudan

South Sudan

Botswana

Ethiopia

Namibia

Eritrea

Guinea

Egypt

Nigeria

Madagascar

7. North America

United States of America

Canada

Mexico

Cuba

Honduras

Jamaica

Gautemala

Costa Rica

Greenland

Other prospects

8. South America

Peru

Argentina

Chile

Brazil

Venezuela

Guyana

Colombia

Bolivia

Suriname

Uruguay

9. Australasia

Australia

Other Gold Mines

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

10. Europe

Western World

Sweden

Finland

Spain

France

Bulgaria

Greece

Turkey

The United Kingdom

Portugal

Romania

11. Jewellery

Age-Old Custom

Royal Heritage

Diamond Jewellery

Akshaya Tritiya

Finger Rings

Bangles

Armlets

Necklaces

Earrings

Nose Jewellery

Waist Belt

Hairpins

Designing

Manufacturing

Festival Jewellery

12. Past, Present, Future

Glorious Past: Between the Rivers

Present Status: Games Changed, So Did the Players

Future

Blood Gold

Beyond the Earth

World War III

Epilogue

Glossary

Bibliography

Subject Index

Locality Index

Meet the Author
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Dr T.M. Babu is an exploration geologist with about 40 years of world-wide experience investigating diamonds, gold, tin, platinum, copper, and other rare metals in India, Russia, China, Japan, Indonesia, United Kingdom, DR Congo, Sudan and many African countries. He was associated with Government of India in Geological Survey of India and Planning Commission, United Nations Development Projects (USA), BRGM (France), WARDROP (Canada), Kyrgyzstan (Russia), Coronation International (UK), and several international and multinational organizations. He is known as — “tin babu” — for his vast research work, doctorate degree and discovery of tin deposit in Bastar, Central India. He wrote books on tin, diamonds, platinum and co-authored Mining and Metal Production Through Ages, published by British Museum, London. He is a recipient of National Mineral Award of Government of India and Narayanaswamy Award of Geological Society of India. Now he is working as Vice-President of African Resources Group, in Africa.
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