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Hunger Stones

Hunger Stones are Riverbed Stones that were Marked with an Inscription Visible Only When the Flow was Low Enough to Warn People of a Drought that Would Cause Famine.

The flooding of the Elbe and Rhine rivers in the Czech Republic and Germany has revealed some rocks engraved centuries ago during times of water stress. As Europe bakes this summer in record heat, droughts have caused water levels in rivers and lakes across the continent to plummet. Do you know what Hunger Stones are?  …

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Aluminum

What Element was Once More Expensive Than Gold?

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and the atomic number 79, making it one of the naturally occurring elements with a higher atomic number. It is a bright, slightly orange-yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal in its pure form. In chemistry, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. …

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Kimberley Process

What is the Kimberley Process?

Diamonds are one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones. It has been used as decorative pieces since ancient times and more recently, as a form of currency for illegal activities. Unfortunately, diamonds are often obtained through illicit means, but the governments in different countries formed a process to try and eliminate their circulation. But …

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It was illegal for Americans to own gold (except for some jewelry and collectors coins) between 1933 and 1975.

Gold Reserve Act The United States Gold Reserve Act of January 30, 1934 required that all gold and gold certificates held by the Federal Reserve be surrendered and vested in the sole title of the United States Department of the Treasury. It also prohibited the Treasury and financial institutions from redeeming dollar bills for gold, …

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