After miners in the Beta Hunt Mine, Southwestern Australia, set off some explosives, they found lots of gold everywhere. The miners had to water the gold because everything was covered in dirt. There was so much gold that it took hours to pick it up.
The sizes of the gold stones were huge. One of the gold stones weighed more than 200 pounds. The mine owner, RNC Minerals, said that the stone has about 9,250 ounces of gold. That would be worth about $11 million.
The gold the miners found is the kind that was found in the 1860’s Gold Rush. The miners say it is uncommon to find so much gold in those mines. It is more common to find small pieces that you need microscopes to see. But the interesting thing is, these miners weren’t looking for gold, they were looking for nickel.
This was an exciting discovery, I wonder what they are going to do with all that gold!