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Aleilius
01-17-2011, 05:24 AM
An aqua regia solution of metallic gold is prepared. This solution contains clusters of gold chlorides of random size and degrees of aggregation. HCl is added to the solution and it is repeatedly evaporated with a large excess of NaCl (20:1 moles Na to moles Au) to moist salts. The addition of NaCl allows the eventual formation of NaAuCl3, after all HNO3 is removed from the solution.
Should it be so strange that sea salt/NaCl is the most abundant salt on earth, and that the entire globe becomes one giant vessel. Maybe this is the missing link of creation? It is a giant experiment!