Race for the gold medals and riveted the attention of athletes, spectators and the Olympic Games in London, but obsession with gold goes far beyond sport.
A year ago, investors and speculators have raised the gold price to unimaginable heights in an attempt to protect themselves from volatile market. Millions of people in turn rushed to sell old jewelry, in time to get the benefit, before the price of gold will fall again.
The process of gold mining often carries a huge risk to those who are directly it produces. cyanide gold processing and other chemicals endangers the environment. We offer you a selection of photographs of people, producing, processing, re-melted, selling, buying, celebrating ... and all of them are dealing with gold.
miner holding a piece of gold from the processing plant Ulan Bator April 5th 2012. On the territory of Mongolia has the largest unexplored mineral deposits. This country has become very attractive for multi-billion dollar investment in the mining industry.
The jewelers at work in the workshop in Kolkata, March 26, 2012.
Reinaldo Elehorde, a former farmer, but now the fine gold miner shows a golden tooth, made of grains, which he and his family gathered at the mine near the mountain Divata, Mindanao, Philippines. It is believed that in the Philippines, one of the richest mineral deposits. The government estimates the estimated volumes of gold deposits, copper, nickel, chromite, manganese, silver and iron ore of 840 billion US dollars, but all of these resources and are in the earth, for the most part due to the active movement against the development of the mining industry, which developed with the support of the Catholic church.
The Peruvian police officers beat illegal gold miners during the riots in the city of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, March 14, 2012. More than 60 people were arrested and at least three were killed and 29 wounded during protests against a new law that criminalizes illegal extraction mineral.
Owned by US company Newmont mine gold and copper on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, it occupies a large part of the landscape in a picture from April 4, 2007.
The contaminated water flows from an abandoned gold mine in Rosia Montana, Romania, 20 September 2011. The Canadian company plans to open a career in which a large amount of cyanide will be used to cause a mixed reaction.
The blackout on the chest radiograph shows the effects of silicosis among gold miners. In 2011, it was announced in South Africa that the miners that have been identified silicosis may qualify for kompencatsiyu.
Miners Jacinto Parione (right) and Edwin Sarmiento dine in a public hospital after they were rescued from the mine Cabeza de Negro, Ica, Peru on April 11, 2012. Nine miners were trapped in a mine for six days.
The locals look at the body of the girl, who died in a landslide in a remote small settlement of gold diggers January 5, 2012, Pantukan, Philippines. At least 25 people were killed and about a hundred are missing.
Girl namyvaet gold in the Ayeyarwady River, Kachin State, Myanmar, February 24, 2012. On the day she earns 3 to $ 12, an alluvium of gold the size of a one or two grains of rice.
Papuan villagers pan out in the water that is poured from a leak in a pipe factory US mining giant Freeport-McMoran in Kvamki Lama, Indonesia. Striking workers of the plant say that the leak was formed due to corrosion, and require the raising of the minimum wage, which now amounts to 1, 50 dollars per hour, eight times.
The mechanics are working on the truck in the gold mine, owned by Newmont Mining, the trend Carlin, west of Elko, Nevada, January 25, 2012.
illegal miners looking for gold in the sand near the mouth of the San Juan Mountains Arriba, Honduras, February 7, 2012.
gold miners carries a backpack with rocks that contain specks of gold, the gold mine battered, Indonesia, April 19, 2012. About 1, 1 million people in Indonesia are working in the mining industry.
Illegal miners passed trays of sand from a quarry near the town of Mongbwalu, Congo Democratic Republic, 28 April 2012. This is one of the many areas of the country, which erupted acute ethnic conflict between tribes over the last few years. Tens of thousands of people have fallen victim to these conflicts.
Dave Maxfield of Hardwick, Massachusetts, with his wife Christie lifted from the water trough rudopromyvalny, alluvium gold in the river Room, near the city of Bath, NY, July 13, 2012.
The man repairs a broken water pump on a gold mine Madre de Dios, Peru, August 25, 2011. Perhaps this is an area of acute conflict between the mining industry and the environment. Thousands of people earn a living here in gold mining and most of them are illegal immigrants.
Diggers pushing a cart loaded with ore processing, near the mine at Mount Divata in Mindanao, Philippines, July 17, 2012.
Working misses the Pueblo Viejo mine in the province of Sanchez Ramirez in Dominican Republic, March 20, 2012. The joint venture of Canadian companies Barrick Gold and Goldcorp plans to open in the Dominican Republic, one of the world's largest gold mine development. The industry has caused environmental and so the country's permanent lesson of the river began to purple-red, and the standard of living has not changed for the better.
Work Konkola Copper Mines pouring molten gold, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 20, 2011.
In the mine Agnico-Eagle's Meadowbank near Baker Lake pours molten gold, Nunavut, Canada, August 24, 2011.
Gold bars in a jewelry store in the city of Chandigarh, May 8, 2012. India - the world's largest buyer of gold bullion.
Indonesia Police disperse striking workers of US mining company Freeport McMoran in Timika, Indonesia, October 10, 2011. In this skirmish police shot and killed one of the strikers and wounded another after the workers pelted police with stones, injuring seven people.
Local residents are protesting against the purchase of Newmont Conga gold mine near Cajamarca Cortada lagoon for 4, 8 billion, Peru, November 24, 2011. Protesters and farmers say that the mine would be a serious threat to the environment and especially the impact on the Alpine lakes natural freshwater ponds.
Traders traded options on gold and silver on the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York, August 24, 2011. The strongest fall in the price of gold was in December 2008..
Dzheved Masih sweeping sand from the pavement in search of gold in the gold market in Peshawar on July 3, 2011. When the shops are closed, the Pakistani "scavengers" digging in the dust and in the gutters in search of precious grains.
The security guard Gus Rodriguez stands near a jewelry store "El Palacio de Oro" in downtown Los Angeles, August 25, 2011.
Consultant sells gold bullion gold in the store in Beijing, October 26, 2011.
Locals stand on Faung Up (Royal Marine) during the annual 18-day festival Faung Up At Inle Lake, Myanmar, Oct. 4, 2011. On the boat there are five gilded Buddha statues. It is believed that these statues were brought here by one of the kings of Bagan in the 11th century.
On the Oscar statuette applied gold leaf to the factory R.S. Owens in Chicago, December 6, 2011.
Buddhist monks pray at a time as the congregation applied gold leaf on the statue of a seated Buddha at the temple Mahamuni, Mandalay, Myanmar, February 4, 2012.
ANGELITA Araneta Jr., "Karat Chef", looks at the shape of the edible water dragon made of soft icing sugar in a restaurant in Manila on January 20, 2012. The figure is covered with 24-carat gold leaf and decorated with 17th Mikimoto pearls and two diamonds eyes. ANGELITA made a sculpture cost about 600,000 pesos ($ 13,863) for the lunar new year.
scrap gold from old jewelry is melted in the factory "Zorka", Minsk, 26 April 2012.
Jewelry, gold and silver coins of the Middle Ages have been discovered in recent excavations in Jerusalem, June 4, 2012.
At the client's My Beauty Beauty Salon in Hanoe, Vietnam, face covered with gold, February 13, 2012. My Beauty Salon is one of the few who offers a service of overlaying the mask on the face of 24-karat gold leaf. It is believed that this mask helps to make the skin on your face brighter. One such procedure is worth 1, 8 million VND (86, $ 41).
Oh Jin-Hek, South Korea, "try" to the tooth a gold medal at the awards ceremony after winning the competition in archery among men at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lords Cricket Ground, August 3, 2012.