Mother lode of gold found in Australian mine

From NPR:

Miner Henry Dole was in for a shock when he went into the Beta Hunt mine in southwestern Australia after the workers set off some explosives.

“Everything was covered in dust, and as I watered the dirt down there was just gold everywhere, as far as you could see,” he told Australia’s ABC News. “There was chunks of gold in the face, on the ground, truly unique I reckon. … I nearly fell over looking at it … we were picking it up for hours.”

That was just the beginning. The Canadian mine owner RNC Minerals says the find, from a single cut in the mine, includes about 9,250 ounces of high grade gold. At today’s gold price, that’s worth some $11 million.

The amount of gold found is impressive – but so is the sheer size of the stones. One of them weighs in at more than 200 pounds, and contains about 2,440 ounces of gold. According to ABC, it “took three men to lift it onto the back of a ute,” or utility vehicle.

Another large piece weighs nearly 140 pounds and contains about 1,620 ounces of gold.

“This is a spectacular discovery — possibly the find of the century in the Australian Gold Fields,” Ross Large, professor of geology at University of Tasmania, told the Financial Times. “This is the sort of find that you would associate with the 1860s Gold Rush and will probably cause a boom in exploration”…

Continue reading at NPR…

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