NPR: Eureka! Mother Lode Of Gold Found In Australian Mine

Two of the largest specimens containing gold recovered from the Beta Hunt Mine. RNC Minerals

September 11, 20185:28 PM ET

MERRIT KENNEDY

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.

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Eureka! Mother Lode Of Gold Found In Australian Mine
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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.