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Global gold production from mines 2005-2018

World gold production by year in mines from 2005 to 2018 (in metric tons)

by M. Garside, last edited Mar 14, 2019
Global gold production from mines 2005-2018 This statistic illustrates the global gold production in gold mines from 2005 to 2018. In 2005, world gold production amounted to 2,470 metric tons. Since then, world gold production increased steadily up to an estimated 3.26 thousand metric tons in 2017. Gold is a transition metal known for its bright lustrous yellow coloring. For industrial purposes, its malleability, ductility, and resistance to corrosion and many chemical reactions make it ideal for applications such as electrical connectors, infrared shielding, and gold leafing.
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The global mine production of gold steadily rose after the 2008 economic crisis. In 2008, gold mine production worldwide totaled 2,280 metric tons and increased to more than three thousand metric tons in each year since 2015. Alongside mining costs, the U.S. production value of gold increased from 3.67 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 12.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, and then decreased to eight billion U.S. dollars in 2015. China is currently leading the global gold mine production at an estimated 400 metric tons in 2018, while Australia is second, producing about 310 metric tons in the same year. Gold can be mined through several different processes including placer mining, panning, sluicing, and dredging. Panning is a manual technique that uses a shallow pan filled with sand and gravel, that may also contain gold, to sort through the material. The precious metal can also be produced as a byproduct often with copper mining.

It is also highly valued as a precious metal for use in coins, investments, and jewelry. In the third quarter of 2016, it was primarily used for jewelry and investments, which accounted for 493 metric tons and 336 metric tons of gold respectively.
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by M. Garside, last edited Mar 14, 2019
This statistic illustrates the global gold production in gold mines from 2005 to 2018. In 2005, world gold production amounted to 2,470 metric tons. Since then, world gold production increased steadily up to an estimated 3.26 thousand metric tons in 2017. Gold is a transition metal known for its bright lustrous yellow coloring. For industrial purposes, its malleability, ductility, and resistance to corrosion and many chemical reactions make it ideal for applications such as electrical connectors, infrared shielding, and gold leafing.
Key facts about gold

The global mine production of gold steadily rose after the 2008 economic crisis. In 2008, gold mine production worldwide totaled 2,280 metric tons and increased to more than three thousand metric tons in each year since 2015. Alongside mining costs, the U.S. production value of gold increased from 3.67 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 12.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, and then decreased to eight billion U.S. dollars in 2015. China is currently leading the global gold mine production at an estimated 400 metric tons in 2018, while Australia is second, producing about 310 metric tons in the same year. Gold can be mined through several different processes including placer mining, panning, sluicing, and dredging. Panning is a manual technique that uses a shallow pan filled with sand and gravel, that may also contain gold, to sort through the material. The precious metal can also be produced as a byproduct often with copper mining.

It is also highly valued as a precious metal for use in coins, investments, and jewelry. In the third quarter of 2016, it was primarily used for jewelry and investments, which accounted for 493 metric tons and 336 metric tons of gold respectively.
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