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Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up between 0.001 and 0.006 parts per million of the earths crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most?
According to data released this month by the World Gold Council (WGC), global gold mine production in 2020 was 3,478.1 tonnes (122.7 million ounces), down slightly for the second year in a row after rising consecutively for the past few years. Obviously the pandemic contributed to this slowdown last year, but we may also be seeing the consequences ofsteadily shrinking exploration budgets.
This raises the question whetherpeak gold has finally arrived.The low-hanging fruit has already been mined, and giant deposits containing many millions of ounces of gold are not being discovered at the same rate as they once were.
Consider South Africa. The country was at one time the global leader in gold output, digging up over 1,000 tonnes in 1970, but since then its volume has rapidly declined. Last year it slipped out of the list of top 10 gold producers altogether.
Besides South Africa leaving the top 10, the list saw a few other minor changes from 2019. Peru also disappeared, making room for Uzbekistan, while Brazil advanced a few spots. Ghana remains the only African country to appear in the top 10.
For many years, China has been the top producing nation, accounting for 11 percent of global mine production. However, production fell from 383 tonnes to 368 last year, representing the fourth consecutive year of declines. The downtrend is largely due to tighter environmental policies imposed by the government. For example, stricter control over the use of cyanide at gold mines has forced several operations to cut back production.
A huge majority of Europes gold comes from Russia, which has been increasing its production every year since 2010. In 2019, Russia surpassed Australia to become the worlds second largest producer. Who is the largest buyer of Russian gold? The Russian government, of course, which purchases around two-thirds of all gold produced locally.
Australia has now posted eight consecutive years of production increases. The minerals industry produces over half of Australias total exports and generates about 8% of GDP. Higher production at several mines and the ramp up of projects such as Mount Morgans and Cadia Valley contributed to increased production.
Gold output in the U.S. fell below 200 tonnes for the first time in several years, continuing a decline that began in 2019. Close to 80% of the gold produced in the U.S. is from Nevada. If the state were its own country, it would be one of the worlds top 10 miners.
Canada has held the number five spot for four years now, even after mining 12 fewer tonnes in 2020 than it did the previous year. The countrys top gold mine was Canadian Malartic, co-owned by Yamana Gold and Agnico Eagle, which was responsible for producing over 16 tonnes last year.
Ghana is Africas largest producer of gold, beating out South Africa for the first time in 2019, and is also known for its reserves of various industrial minerals. Industry majors such as AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields have shifted their focus from South Africa to Ghana where deposits are cheaper and easier to mine.
Moving up from the number 10 slot in 2019 is Brazil, which increased its output for the third straight year. Illegal mining activity has risen sharply in the last six years in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed the country to develop the Amazon economically and tap its mineral riches.
Uzbekistan significantly increased its output last year, from 94.6 tonnes in 2019 to 101.6 tonnes, the first time its exceeded 100 tonnes in one year. The Central Asian country is home to Muruntau, the worlds largest open-pit gold mine by area. The project, which also contains huge deposits of turquoise and arsenic, sits atop what many geologists believe could be the biggest gold reserve in the world.
Although production fell for a fifth straight year, Mexico remains a competitive gold source. Output rose from just 50.8 tonnes in 2008 to peak at over 131 tonnes in 2015, one of the largest increases in that time span. Mexico is an attractive place for mining due to a relatively low cost of regulation.
Indonesia is home to the second largest gold mine and worlds highest, Grasberg, which is operated by PT Freeport Indonesia and has as many as 20,000 workers. The South Pacific country is responsible for mining around 3% of global supply.
Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up roughly 0.003 parts per million of the earths crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most?
In 2019, global gold mine production was a reported 3,463.7 tonnes down one percent from the year prior and the first year-over-year decline in output since 2008. Gold production has remained relatively steady since 2010, raising the question Ive explored over the years have we reached peak gold?
The idea is that all the easy gold has already been discovered and explorers have to dig deeper to find economically viable deposits. For example, South Africa was once the top gold-producing country by far, digging upover 1,000 tonnes in 1970, but annual output has fallen steadily since. On the other hand, several nations have emerged in the last few years as growing gold producers.
As seen in the chart below, China takes the number one spot of global gold producers by a wide margin. The top 10 rankings saw a big shift in 2019 Russia took the lead over Australia to claim second, Indonesia fell off the list and Brazil joined the ranks as the tenth largest producer. Ghana also jumped ahead of South Africa to become the continents top producer.
For many years, China has been the top producing nation, accounting for 11 percent of global mine production. However, production fell from nearly 400 tonnes last year, representing the third consecutive year of declines. The downtrend is largely due to tighter environmental policies imposed by the government. For example, stricter control over the use of cyanide at gold mines forced several operations to cut back production.
A massive 83 percent of European gold comes from Russia, which has been increasing its production every year since 2010. Russia took the lead over Australia to become the worlds second largest producer mining 50 tonnes more in 2019 than the year prior. Who is the largest buyer of Russian gold? The Russian government, of course, which purchases around two-thirds of all gold produced locally.
Australia has posted seven consecutive years of increases in production, up by 4 percent in 2019. The minerals industry produces over half of Australias total exports and generates about 8 percent of GDP. Higher production at several mines and the ramp of projects such as Mount Morgans and Cadia Valley contributed to increased production.
American gold output fell by 11 percent in 2019, ending five consecutive years of growth. Twelve states produced the gold, worth about $8.9 billion and accounting for 6.1 percent of the global total. Around 78 percent of gold produced in the U.S. is from Nevada. If the state was considered a country, it would be number six on this list with 173.6 tonnes mined in 2019.
Canada has held the number five spot for three years now, even with a slight decrease in output in 2019. New projects in Nunavat, Yukon and Quebec are expected to support stronger output in 2020. Canadas gold mine production is estimated to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 2.7 percent from 2019 to 2023 to reach 7.6 million ounces.
Gold output fell for a fourth consecutive year in Peru largely due to crackdowns on illegal mining operations in the La Pampa region and lower grades at existing projects. Mining is a significant portion of Perus economy and accounts for over 28 percent of the regions total output.
Ghana is Africas largest producer of gold, beating out South Africa for the top spot in 2019, and is also known for its reserves of various industrial minerals. Industry majors such as AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields have shifted their focus from South Africa to Ghana where deposits are cheaper and easier to mine. The West African nation has around 1,000 metric tons of reserves and moved up to number seven on the list from 10 last year.
Once the top gold-producer in the world by a wide margin, South Africas gold mines have been slowing every year since 2008, with the exception of 2013 when production rose by a few tonnes. The nation is struggling with rising costs for electricity and labor, with many mines closing due to unprofitability. South Africa is, however, still home to the worlds deepest gold mine, the Mponeng mine, extending 2.5 miles underground.
Although production fell for a fourth consecutive year, Mexico remains a competitive gold source. Output has risen from just 50.8 tonnes in 2008 to over 130 tonnes in 2017, one of the largest increases in a nine-year span. Mexico is an attractive place for mining due to a relatively low cost of regulation. The 2019 slowdown is attributed to disputes between local communities and contractors.
Brazil produced 10 more tonnes of gold than the year prior to make the number 10 spot on this list. Illegal mining activity has risen sharply in the last five years in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed the country to develop the Amazon economically and tap its mineral riches.
(Kitco News) - According to the Australian Governments Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), after a 3.9% decline in 2020 (3,401 tonnes), the worlds gold mine production is forecast to increase by 5.5% (to 3,588 tonnes) in 2021, by 3.0% (to 3,696 tonnes) in 2022, and by 2.0% (to 3,769 tonnes) in 2023. DISER said that the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to minimise disruption to gold mine production after 2022.
In 2021, gold mine production in Central and South America and Africa is expected to recover, following heavy losses in 2020. Production in Mexico is forecast to increase by 24% in 2021 to 128 tonnes, Peru (up 35% to 136 tonnes) and South Africa (up 24% to 124 tonnes).
DISER explained that a solid pipeline of projects in Australia and Canada is likely to drive higher global gold mine output in the short term, with miners focusing on expansions and extending the life of existing mines. Australia is expected to overtake China as the worlds largest gold producer in 2021, producing 384 tonnes, as miners respond to high gold prices. In China, stricter environmental regulations are likely to keep Chinese gold mine output at about 370 tonnes a year over the outlook period.
DISER noted that after a peak of 3,807 tonnes in 2024, the worlds gold mine production is projected to decline at an annual rate of 0.8% in 2025 and 2026, to 3,746 tonnes in 2026, as ore grades decline and operational costs increase.
According to the report, the number of unprofitable gold mines is expected to rise from 5% in 2021 to 10% in 2026. Reflecting this rise, more mine closures and reduced gold mine production are expected. A mine is considered by DISER as profitable or unprofitable if its all-in sustaining costs a measure of all direct and recurring costs required to mine a unit of ore are below or above the average gold prices.
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The companys Outlook for Global Gold Mining report states that, over the medium term, global mine production growth will remain strong, as high prices by historical standards encourageinvestment and output growth.
After having surged during the previous ten years, Chinas gold production will stagnate over the coming decade, says Fitch Solutions, noting that declining ore grades will limit domestic investment and encourage Chinese firms to increasingly develop overseas projects.
Fitch Solutions expects Russias gold production growth to have accelerated in 2020 and that that will continue into this year, as domestic demand for the precious metal is buoyed by the possibility of further Western sanctions on State banks, which are likely to respond by increasing their reserves of gold.
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According to data and analytics firm GlobalData, gold production fell by 5.2% to 108 million ounces (Moz) last year. But it expects output to increase by 5.5% in 2021 to 113.9 Moz and grow to 124.1 Moz by 2024 marking a 2.9% compound annual growth rate.
GlobalData anticipates Canada, Indonesia, Peru and the US will be the key contributors to this growth, with the combined production in these countries expected to recover from an estimated 20.1 Moz in 2021 to 25.3 Moz in 2024.
GlobalData associate project manager Vinneth Bajaj said: Key projects expected to commence operations during the forecast period include the Turquoise Ridge underground expansion project in the US, which is currently undergoing construction. With an annual gold production capacity of 500,000 ounces, the project is expected to be commissioned in late-2022.
The Salares Norte project in Chile, which is wholly owned by Gold Fields, is currently under construction. With an annual gold production capacity of 450,000 ounces and a development capital expenditure of about $860m, the project is expected to commence operations in 2023.
According to GlobalData, the biggest impact of COVID-19 on gold production came in the first half of 2020, when six of the top 10 gold producers reported a collective 8.4% year-on-year fall in their output.
Major declines were experienced by Barrick (12.3%), Newcrest (15%) and Agnico Eagle (8.4%). The biggest contributors offsetting the declines were Kirkland Gold (48%), due to the acquisition of the Detour Lake project by Detour Gold in January 2020, and Zijin (5.9%).
Several gold mines were forced to suspend operations temporarily due to the pandemic, including Barricks Veladero, Pueblo Viejo and Porgera mines and Agnicos Nunavut, Quebec and Mexican mining operations.
China, after reporting an all-time high of 16.7 Moz of gold production in 2014, has been on a downtrend ever since, as a consequence of policy changes and depleting ore reserves, according to GlobalData.
On top of this, the pandemic hit the countrys output hard during the first quarter of 2020, with the analytics firm now projecting Chinas gold production to have declined by 7% to 12.4 Moz last year.
Unlike other key producers, Australian gold miners remained largely unaffected by the outbreak, as stringent measures were adopted by the government to contain the outbreak enabling minimal disruptions to mining activities.
Bajaj said: State governments, including Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, began to close their borders from late March, with certain exceptions for essential service workers. Overall, gold production in Australia is expected to have grown by 4.3% in 2020, reaching 12 Moz.
GlobalData said that among other factors adding to the decline in gold output was the transition of the Grasberg open pit mine to underground mining in Indonesia, stringent environmental policies in China and placement of Perus Lagunas Norte mine under care and maintenance.
According to the GlobalData estimates, the global gold production over the forecast period (2021-2024), backed by recovery from Canada, Indonesia, Peru and the US, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.9% to reach 124.1Moz in 2024.
Its too soon to tell what the numbers will look like for 2020 for now its only possible to examine the 10 top gold-producing countries that contributed to that output last year. Read on for a rundown of each country and how they contribute to global gold production.
Back in 2018, Chinas production dropped by 39 MT, and the decrease is thought to be the result of increased environmental regulations. According to the World Gold Council, China is also the worlds leading consumer of gold jewelry.
Gold production in Australia had another high-performing year, reaching 330 MT in 2019, up from 315 MT in 2018.Recent exploration activity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has renewed interest and helped increase the countrys consistent gold output.
While the Pilbara area is best known as one of the worlds largest producers of iron ore, the region is currently in the midst of increased gold exploration thanks to a major discovery in 2017 by Novo Resources (TSXV:NVO,OTCQX:NSRPF) and Artemis Resources (ASX:ARV,OTCQB:ARTTF).
In 2019, Russia was once again the third largest producer of gold. The countrys output has been rising over the past few years, increasing from 255 MT in 2017 to 310 MT last year. Additionally, the nation plans to ramp up its output over the next decade or so.
Russia is reportedly planningto raise its annual gold production in 2020 and beyond in a bid to become the worlds largest gold producer by 2029. According to the US Geological Survey, Russias gold reserves stand at 5,300 MT, the second largest gold reserves after Australia at 10,000 MT.
US gold production has been dropping over the past few years. In 2019, the US produced 200 MT, down by 26 MT from the previous year. Most gold in the country was produced at more than 40 lode mines, several large placer mines in Alaska and a number of smaller placer mines in the Western US. The top 27 operations in the country were responsible for 99 percent of American gold output.
An assessment of US gold resources has revealed that it has approximately 33,000 MT of gold in identified and undiscovered resources. Additionally, close to one-quarter of the gold in undiscovered resources can be found in porphyry copper deposits. Gold reserves in the US are estimated at 3,000 MT.
Gold production in Canada declined marginally in 2019, allowing the nation to maintain its status as the fifth largest producer of the yellow metal.Last year, the country reported output of 180 MT of gold compared to 183 MT in 2018.
Indonesia made the list of largest producers of gold by country in 2019, taking the number six spot from Peru. The mineral-rich country produced 160 MT of gold last year. Half of the countrys gold production originates from Freeport-McMoRans (NYSE:FCX) Grasberg mine, the worlds largest gold mine, which is believed to contain the largest gold reserves globally.
In 2019, Peru and Ghana tied for the position of seventh largest gold-producing country. Peru saw a decrease in gold production last year, with output slipping from 145 MT in 2018 to 130 MT in 2019. Illegal gold mining continues to be a struggle for the country, and has been responsible for the devastation of land, including patches of the precious Amazon forest.
Ghanas gold production held steady from the previous year, and the country once again produced 130 MT of the yellow metal in 2019. It is also worth noting that Ghana is Africas largest gold producer, having overtaken South Africa in recent years.
Mexico is another notable gold producer, knocking South Africa out of the eighth spot in 2018 with production of 125 MT. In 2019, Mexicos gold production fell slightly to 110 MT. While Mexico was plagued by underwhelming gold prices and maturing gold mines that caused production challenges in 2017, gold and silver account for more than 50 percent of the countrys total metals output.
Uzbekistans Muruntau gold mine is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. Uzbekistan has been producing from old mines for quite some time, and has not seen much exploration investment. Kazakhstans most strategic gold-producing mine is the Vasilkovskoye mine, which is run by Glencore (LSE:GLEN) subsidiary Kazzinc. It has more than 5 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves.
South Africa has been one of the worlds top gold producers for decades, but the nations gold output has fallen 85 percent since 1980. South Africas gold production decreased once again in 2019, falling from 117 MT in 2018 to 90 MT.
In recent years, South Africa has been hit with political strife, mostly due to conflicts between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and gold producers in the area. The AMCU has held many protests and strikes at several gold and platinum mines within the last few years in the hopes of garnering more wages and stopping any mergers that could cause job losses.
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There is no mention of Papua New-Guinea in your summary of gold producing Countries. Is this an oversight or is it because the big producers (Lihir,Porgera etc ) are owned and managed by expatriate Firms ? Thanks for an otherwise interesting and well researched report . DJSG
Dear Sir / Madam, There is no mention of Papua New-Guinea in your summary of gold producing Countries. Is this an oversight or is it because the big producers (Lihir,Porgera etc ) are owned and managed by expatriate Firms ? Thanks for an otherwise interesting and well researched report . DJSG
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Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up roughly 0.003 parts per million of the earths crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most? . Prior to 2006, South Africa was the worlds largest gold producer. However, with the countrys declining output in the subsequent years, the global gold production figures have changed dramatically. In 1970, South Africa was the dominant producer digging up over 1000 tons of gold. Production has steadily declined and today they rank 8th in world gold production with 123.5 tons.
The global output for gold in 2018 was 3,323 tons (about 76 tons more than the previous year). According to Gold Field Mineral Services, a part of Thomson Reuters since 2011, the following is a list of the worlds leading gold-producing countries as of today. World gold production is quoted in metric tonnes which is equal to 2201.62 pounds.
With an annual production of 399.7 tons, China was the largest gold producer in 2018, down from426.1 tons in 2017. Its Zhaoyuan city located in Shandong province is nicknamed the official city of gold. Local gold demand in China surged in the early 1990's when the Chinese government passed legislation to make gold buying easier for the public.
The countrys gold production has declined 2018 for the past two years due to the governments focus on curbing polluting methods of mining gold. However, China still produces about 13% of global gold.
Australia produced 312.2 tons of gold in 2018 to win the second place on the list. Australia is home to one of the largest gold reserves of the world; a majority of which still remains to be accessed. The Boddington gold mine near Perth is the largest gold mine in the country.
Russia produced 281.5 tons of gold in 2018. It is the largest gold producer in Europe. The country aims to increase its gold production to 400 tons annually by 2030. Incidentally, the Russian government is the currently the largest buyer of its own gold production and the largest buyer of world production.
The United States was the fourth largest gold producer in 2018 producing 253.2 tons of gold during 2018, a 10% increase from the previous year. The gold mines of Nevada alone produced 75% of gold and are followed by the gold mines in Alaska in terms of annual output.
Canada produced 193.0 tons of gold in 2018. A few years ago, a gold field was accidentally discovered in the country due to the shift in a glacier at British Colombia. A major part of the Canadian gold comes from the Canadian Shield region. The show Gold Rush is stellar and depicts gold production from the Yukon Provence.
In 2018, Indonesia replaced Peru as the sixth largest producer of gold generating 162.3 tons of gold.. The island nation posted the biggest production increase in 2018 at 23 percent, or 36 tons. A high-grade development in Freeport McMorans giant Grasberg open pit operation drove most of the gains, with producing nearly 40 percent of the countrys total gold output. The Indonesian government has been restructuring environmental and taxation policies, which were negatively impacting the mining industry for a few years.
This South American country is the seventh largest producer of gold. It generated 155.4 tons of gold in the year 2018. The gold mining here has declined due to the governments crackdown on illegal gold mining. This is a major cause of worry in this region because illegal mining leads to deforestation of the Amazon flora.
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The list of top countries in terms of gold production changes every year, but the countries most frequently listed are generally considered to be the largest gold producers in the world. Supply troubles in any of these countries can lead to a price hike due to supply constriction. Its important to keep an eye on political and economic events in these countries, particularly those countries that are not heavy gold consumers and instead focus on gold exports.
One trend in production is a reduction of gold mining in some countries due to environmental issues. Gold extraction techniques can take a toll on the environment. For instance, Thailand closed up all gold mines in their country due to these concerns. Its certainly a trend in gold mining production that requires attention.
China produces more than 355 metric tons of gold per year. These mines are located in various regions in China, including the Xinjiang and Shandong provinces. Massive new gold mines have been discovered in recent years in Xinjiang province with one mine having up to 200 tons of gold.
South Africa produces roughly 190 metric tons of gold per year. South Africa has long been a major producer of gold and other precious metals, even during the apartheid period. In fact, for many years, South Africa was known as the worlds largest gold producer. However, production has dwindled slightly in recent years.
Peru produces an estimated 150 metric tons of gold per year. Much of the gold mining is in the Amazon area of Peru. Illegal gold mining is a problem that Peru is trying to stamp out to control environmental problems.
Indonesia produces approximately 100 metric tons of gold per year. The largest gold mine in the world is located in Indonesia. It employs nearly 19,000 people, but its not without problems. Chemicals used in mining are blamed for health problems in the areas around the mine.
Uzbekistan produces around 90 metrics tons of gold per year. Uzbekistan claims to have the largest open-pit gold mine in the world. The country is located in deep Central Asia and is landlocked. Transportation of gold produced needs to travel by way of plane, train, or truck.
In much of the world, gold is seen as the only true storehouse of value and wealth. As families improve their financial circumstances, they buy more gold. Depending on the country, gold investment may be in the form of jewelry, ornaments, coins, or raw gold bullion.
Even in the form of jewelry, gold is priced at commodity values so that its quite easy to buy and sell gold chains and other jewelry without losing a significant amount in the sale. In India and many Asian countries, local gold prices are displayed on storefronts.
China consumes roughly 984 metric tons of gold per year. It imports about two-thirds of the amount of gold it uses. Gold is used for industry, investing, and jewelry. Gold is readily available in China for all uses. In fact, some banks in China will sell gold coins over-the-counter.
India consumes approximately 849 metric tons of gold per year. This number is variable based on the economy at large. Its gold mining industry is minuscule so almost all of its consumption is imported. The major use of gold is for jewelry and other ornamental uses. Gold is also seen as a storehouse of value.
Thailand consumes about 90 metric tons of gold per year. Gold jewelry in the form of gold chains and other gold ornaments are sold in shops throughout the country. The price of gold is openly displayed on shop fronts. It is priced in the form of a baht of gold, which is about 15 grams.
There are many different factors that affect gold prices, including gold production and consumption patterns. Understanding more about where gold is produced, where it is consumed, and even why it is consumed can help provide a better understanding of where the spot price of gold is headed.
Why is the production of gold so important? What are the trends and the economic influences that drive production and also price? To understand the first question we have to understand the demands for gold. Gold has commercial demand that it is fashioned into jewelry but also a financial demand as it is used to manage risk in financial portfolios and to protect the wealth of many. It also has peripheral uses in technologies such as the smartphone.
China produces more gold than any other country in the world. Asia as a whole produces 22% of the worlds total production. Central and South America account for 17% with North America contributing 15%. Africa produces 20% and the former Soviet Union C.I.S region 14%. Amazingly, gold recycling accounts for one third of the total production.
In 1990 the Chinese Government passed laws making it easier to buy gold. As a result, demand rose, as did investment in bars and coins. Today, China produces 440 metric tons of gold every year, more than anywhere else in the world. Another factor that may be responsible for the demand of gold is the growth of wealth in China. Since 1980 an increase of 20% of the population of China chose to live in urban areas. As the wealth per capita increased so did the demand for gold. Most of the gold that is produced in China remains in the country. Prior to China grabbing the top spot, South Africa used to be the world's largest production of gold. However, increased complications and costs linked to gold mining in South Africa has caused gold production in the country to decrease. South Africa is now the world's sixth largest producer.
Although China produces more gold than any other country, its reserve size is not that large in relation to other countries. Mines are found all over the country, with the city of Zhaoyuan, Shandong, called "the official city of gold" because of its large-scale gold production.
The history of commercial gold mining in Australia dates back to at least the mid-1800s, when the first of the Australian gold rushes occurred. Today, Australia is the world's second-largest gold producing country, with about 300 tons produced by Australia every year.
Despite the country's high position, it is estimated that the majority of the gold reserves in Australia are not accessible and therefore cannot be mined for commercial purposes. Gold reserves are found virtually all around the country, with a particular number in the states of New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. The largest gold reserve in Australia is the Boddington gold and copper deposit outside of Perth, Western Australia.
As the largest country in the world, and one of the countries with the most natural resources, it does not come as a large surprise that Russia is among the world's most important gold producers. Russia's annual gold production is 255 tons. There are a number of minerals where Russia ranks among the world's top producers, including silicon, aluminum, and copper. The majority of Russia's gold production happens in the Far East of the country and in Siberia. Over the past ten years or so, gold production in Russia has been rising steadily.
The most important part of US gold mining history may be the California Gold Rush, but gold mining in the United States dates back to at least the 1700s. Today, the United States is the world's fourth-largest gold producer. Nevada is the largest producer of gold of all the US states, followed by Alaska.
The largest gold mine in the United States is the Goldstrike mine in north-central Nevada. It is also the largest gold mine in North America. The second largest gold mine is the Cortez gold mine, also in Nevada. The mines produce around 32 and 28 tons, respectively.
Canada is the world's fifth largest gold producer, with 180 tons of gold produced annually. Similar to its neighbor to the south, Canada also experienced a Gold Rush of its own in the 1800s, particularly in the northern territory of Yukon.
A significant portion of the gold produced in Canada is harvested as a mining byproduct. Much of the country's gold is found in the Canadian Shield, a geological region found across the country. Gold was first discovered in Canada in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.