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All the World's Gold

Most people think that gold is very rare on planet Earth, but there's probably more of it than they could possibly realize. There is enough available gold right now to provide every person on the planet with five gold rings -- and there are seven billion humans on the earth at this point.

You would think that the United States would be the biggest consumer of gold products in the world, but that isn't the case. India has that distinction, with China following closely behind. The United States is third on that list. However, the U.S. is second in world gold production, with China holding the number one spot. India is just barely in the running.

Planet Earth could run out of gold soon, and future generations of Indian citizens may find themselves amending their jewelry preferences. About half of the Earth's gold has been mined during the past 50 years.