Is gold the heaviest mineral that we mine?



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    Gold’s density is about 19.3 grams per cubic centimeter for pure gold (and most natural native gold is not pure, and not that dense – typically more like 17 g/cc). Osmium, an element related to platinum, has a density of about 22.6 grams/cc. But osmium does not occur as a natural mineral. There is a very rare mineral, Chengdeite, Iridium-Iron, that is about the same density as gold. Native platinum exists as a mineral but is rare and seldom mined; it is denser than most naturally occurring gold at 18.0 g/cc.

    So, bottom line, it is reasonable to say that gold is indeed the densest mineral that is mined commercially.

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