Is gold a heavy metal?

Is gold a heavy metal?

Is gold a heavy metal?

Gold is a chemical element, and it is classified as a transition metal, which is a group of metallic elements that have intermediate atomic weights and intermediate properties between the metals and nonmetals. Gold is not considered a heavy metal because it is not toxic to living organisms and it does not have a density greater than 5 g/cm3.

Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, and malleable metal that is often used for jewelry, ornaments, and money. It is also used in the electronics and aerospace industry for its good conductivity properties. Gold is rare in the Earth's crust, and it is mostly obtained through mining or panning.

Heavy metals are considered toxic to living organisms and they can cause a range of health problems, including damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Gold is not toxic, and it is not considered a heavy metal based on the traditional definition of heavy metal.

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