Carboxylic Group-Assisted Proton Transfer (image) Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences Share Print E-Mail Caption Being found mostly in the native state, gold is one of the oldest elements known to man. The affection to gold was determined by it's unusual properties -- heft, shine and ability to withstand oxidation and corrosion. Credit AnanikovLab Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.