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One of the shows that I watch on TV is called "Gold Rush".
It's been on for quite a few seasons and visually shows what miners of today go through to get gold out of the ground, rivers, mines and other unusual locations. They risk life and limb and fortunes in hopes of becoming millionaires.
And one 16 year old kid has and is doing exactly that and today. He, at age 26, is a multi-millionaire.
There is gold everywhere. The largest gold mine in the world is in South Africa. Gold also is mined from the sea bottom, out of river plunge pools, from caves, gulches, bluffs, river bottoms (and more) and by means that we wouldn't even think of like high pressure water jets, vacuums, dynamite, crushers, leaching, and more.
Tune in to the TV series "Gold Rush, White Water" and you will be amazed at what some risk to satisfy their gold fever. Here's a short clip from the show. In order to get to their gold they first have to use old cable systems to descend a couple hundred feet into a ravine and then dive into dangerous rapids.
They are very hush-hush about their income, but based upon the amount of gold they mine, they don't even cover their expenses. I suspect that the TV show pays them enough for the reality show to make it all worthwhile.
Mother nature does try to fool mines with a mineral Pyrite, which looks exactly like real gold.
quote:Originally posted by Skylark
We tend to think of California and Alaska gold rushes; I never knew so much gold had been found in Australia (I knew they have a lot of coal mining there, but did not know about the gold)