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Because it possesses a number of unique physical, chemical, and biochemical properties, gold has emerged in the late 20th century as an essential industrial metal. A host of applications of gold have made it indispensable to the industrial world, but it still retains its appeal as the most decorative metal. Even in the most industrialized countries most of the gold that is fabricated goes into jewelry. This Bureau of Mines report presents comprehensive data on gold including strategic considerations, problems, technology trends, reserves-resources, supply-demand relationships, economic factors and problems, operating factors and problems, and outlook to 2000.