Rare discovery comes after more than 170 years of the country’s gold rush
A gold nugget, weighing four kilos and valued at US$ 160,000 (R$ 831,000), was found by an amateur prospector in the gold mines in victoriaat Australia. To locate it, the prospector used only an US$ 800 (R$ 4108) metal detector. Shortly after the discovery, the prospector took the nugget to a prospecting shop and sold it to appraiser Darren Kamp, who has 43 years of experience in the gold trade. He was even impressed by the size of the nugget. The evaluator classified the case as “Lucky Strike”, in Portuguese, “lucky strike”. The discovery comes after more than 170 years of the gold rush in the country. This is because the cities of Ballarat and Bendigo attracted thousands of people, in 1850, after ores. To date, the largest nuggets in the world have been found on Australian soil. According to the Geological Survey of Victoria, there could be up to 75 million undiscovered gold nuggets in the north of the Australian state. “If exploration is successful, mining could bring a boom to the region,” it said in a statement. However, to explore in the region, you need a permit from the Victorian government. The state released new license areas for mineral exploration in the central-north region, through a bidding process. Mining has been carried out since 2021 in four large areas of prospective land, ranging from 327 to 512 square kilometers.
*With information from Estadão Content.
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