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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: precious metals: gold: atomic arrangement (crystal structure)

gold atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) gold #1 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

gold: precious metal whose atoms are arranged in closely packed hexagonal layers. First and fourth layers are in line with each other. This gives what is known as a face centred cubic pattern or cubic close packing. Gold is unreactive.

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gold #2 atoms autumnal reflection

(above) gold #2 atoms autumnal reflection

gold #3 atoms close up of face centred cubic pattern

(above) gold #3 atoms close up of face centred cubic pattern

gold #3 atoms close up of face centred cubic pattern

(above) gold #4 atoms on black

gold #3 atoms close up of face centred cubic pattern

(above) gold #5 atoms on white



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