Gold produced since the
Beginning of the Year in Tonnes:
Gold Production in Grams:
This Would Result in Gold Cube
With an Edge Lenght of
The total gold on earth that has been
mined, and is in human hands, so to
speak, is in tonnes:
There are a good 30 billion tonnes
dissolved in the world's oceans, which
corresponds to about 175,000 times
what mankind holds in its possession.
However, this gold cannot be extracted
economically from the seawater.
THE LARGEST GOLD MINES WORLDWIDE
Gold is a highly sought-after precious metal - it is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. For this reason, gold is mined all over
the world. There are about 190 gold mines worldwide, producing hundreds of tonnes of the precious metal every year.
The largest gold mine in the world is the Grasberg mine in Indonesia. The mine produces about 2.5 million ounces of gold
annually. The second largest gold mine is in South Africa, it is known as the Mponeng mine. The mine produces 1.2 million
ounces of gold annually. The Mponeng mine is considered the deepest gold mine in the world, it is over 4 kilometres below
According to the World Gold Council, 3,572 tonnes of gold were mined globally in 2019. While gold prospecting is a very
energy-intensive activity, most mines are powered by fossil fuel energy. This means that gold prospecting contributes to
significant greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Despite the negative impacts of gold mining, gold remains a highly sought-after precious metal. It is a symbol of wealth
and prosperity and mines continue to operate to meet global demand. While researchers are trying to reduce the negative
environmental impact of gold mining, the precious metal continues to be mined and traded.
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE FROM GOLD MINING
Gold prospecting is an ancient tradition practised in many parts of the world - but the environmental damage it causes
should not be underestimated.
Gold prospecting is a widespread and centuries-old profession, practised mainly in developing countries. Prospectors dig
into the ground to find gold, which they can then sell. This type of gold mining has a long tradition and is a very important
part of local economic life in many regions of the world.
Unfortunately, however, the environmental impact of gold prospecting is very damaging. Prospectors often have to mine in
very deep waters, which leads to erosion and landscape changes. Gold prospecting also increases the risk of mercury
poisoning and the input of mercury into the soil.
However, these harmful environmental impacts of gold prospecting can be reduced. For example, prospectors can
improve water quality by pumping out oil and sludge. Harmful impacts can also be reduced by using other technologies,
such as the washing platform.
People around the world should be aware that gold prospecting is a harmful process that has negative impacts on the
environment. It is important that we work to ensure that local prospectors use appropriate technologies to minimise the
impact of their activities on the environment. This will help ensure that gold prospecting can continue to play an important
role in the local economy without harming the environment.