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Miners in Australia discover massive chunks of gold worth millions

AOL 2018-09-11 00:55:15

Miners in Australia have discovered huge chunks of gold worth millions.

Workers found two huge gold-encrusted rocks while digging in the Beta Hunt mine in Western Australia.

The biggest specimen weighed 95kg and contained more than 2,400 ounces of gold.

The haul was found by Canadian company RNC Minerals, who said the find was worth about £9 million.

Mark Selby, president and chief executive of RNC, said: "Recovering 9,250 ounces of high grade coarse gold from a single cut on the 15 level at our Beta Hunt mine, including specimens which could rank among the largest ever discovered, underlines the importance of this discovery.

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"Just 8 weeks earlier, at the end of June 2018, 1,500 ounces of high grade gold were recovered from other sediment structures on the 14 and 15 levels. These discoveries highlight the high-grade gold potential of Beta Hunt."

The company posted images of the two large gold-encrusted rocks on its website.

"People do still record finding nuggets in the goldfields, but typically they are less than several ounces," Prof Sam Spearing, director of the Western Australia School of Mines at Curtin University, told the BBC.

"Very, very seldom do we see results on that level. This is an exceedingly rare find and very exciting."

The Beta Hunt location had been mainly running as a nickel mine before last week's gold discovery.