Can we make gold from mercury?

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The chemical answer is, no. The physics answer is, yes - with he use of a supercollidor (atom smasher) and a nearly unlimited budget it could be accomplished. I cant say with Mercury, but gold has been 'rendered' from other elements on the Periodic Table.

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Is the mineral gold attracted to metal?

Gold is particularly attracted to mercury. In fact, mercury is used to extract gold from the ore that it is found in. Then a cyanide is used to make the mercury 'let go' of the gold in a manner in which people can recover it.

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No. One can not transform one element into another. However Mercury may be used to extract gold from gold containing sand. The gold will dissolve in the mercury which can then be boiled away to leave the gold. This will APPEAR to make mercury change into gold but this is not the case, you have to put the gold into the mercury first.PLEASE NOTE - Mercury is VERY VERY toxic/poisonous and using it to extract gold this way is dangerous to the environment and harmful to the people doing it (especially the boiling away mercury phase) - do not refine gold this way, use a mechanical separation process.

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Gold is alloyed with copper, silver, platinum, palladium, mercury.

Can gold dust be filtrated by mercury to extract gold itsef?

At one time, mercury WAS used to extract gold from gold ore. The rock was crushed, and washed over a copper sheet coated with mercury. Gold forms an amalgam with mercury, and some of the gold would be trapped in the mercury. The mercury would be scraped from the copper, and distilled, leaving behind the gold. Other processes are used today.

Can gold float on mercury?

Gold is a higher density than Mercury so it will sink if placed into a container of mercury.

What element was used during the California gold rush extract gold from mine deposits?

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At time mercury was used to extract metallic gold from gold ore. The ore was crushed to powder, and washed over a copper sheet covered in mercury. The gold would combine with the mercury, and be recovered by distilling the mercury. This was very dangerous due to the poisonous nature of mercury- and it only captured about 15% of the gold. It is no longer used in gold mining.