“We’re in the bullion vault of the Bank of England. I’ve never seen so much gold — in fact, I’ve never seen so much of any element!” So exclaims Professor Martyn Poliakoff, The inside of the vault is surprisingly bland — just a bunch of blue metal shelves holding gold bars. It looks a little like a gym that happens to contain an insane amount of gold.

Fun fact if you took all the gold that has ever been mined, melted it, and made a cube, it would only occupy 20 cubic meters a 20-meter cube (8,000 cubic meters). That’s bonkers. Think about that for a moment — all the gold we have ever mined from the entire Earth takes up a tiny space, roughly comparable to a modestly sized city building. Enjoy

By Mental Floss


We're in the bullion vault of the Bank of X

I've never seen so much gold -- in fact, I've never seen so much of any element!

Who can correctly guess how much these gold bars are worth ?

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