How far can a troy ounce of gold, if formed into a thin wire, be stretched before it breaks?

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Ductility is the characteristic of a substance to lend itself to shaping and stretching. A troy ounce of gold (31.1035 grams) can be drawn into a fine wire that is 50 miles (80 kilometers) long.


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