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Gold's high electronegativity

  1. Apr 17, 2012 #1
    Gold has rather high electronegativity. If that is the case then why does it often appear in nature in its pure form? I would think it would be attracting a lot of molecules and binding with other elements.
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  3. Apr 17, 2012 #2


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    Electronegativity is only a proxy for things like reactivity - that means there is a correlation, but drawing too far fetched conclusions is dangerous. Gold reactivity is apparently a good example of these dangers.

    Note that there are many definitions of electronegativity and not all yield high numbers for gold.
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