The gold nuggets pictured here were found in New Zealand with the use of a metal detector. Click the picture to read the story of how they were found.
Discovery Channel has tapped into the 21st century gold rush in recent years with action-packed TV shows like “Gold Rush” and “Jungle Gold.” “Gold Rush” follows the journey of six men from Oregon who lost their jobs during the 2008 economic crisis and decided to pack it up and risk it all to mine for gold in Alaska. Even though Todd Hoffman and his buddies had no previous gold prospecting experience, they managed to mine over 1,000 ounces of gold worth well over $1 million dollars during the first few seasons. Their adventures continue as the cameras still roll, following Todd Hoffman and 2 other mining crews on their quest for gold.
When “Gold Rush Alaska” premiered on the Discovery Channel, it was Discovery’s highest rated docu-series, beating out “Deadliest Catch” and others in their lineup. That is probably why Discovery Channel launched a new series called “Jungle Gold” in 2012. Similar to “Gold Rush” in its backstory, “Jungle Gold” chronicles the real-life story of two real estate moguls who lost everything after the housing crash. Former millionaires George Wright and Scott Lomu were over $1 million in debt and had families to support. They decided a high-stakes gamble was the only way out after learning about the recent African gold rush. So, off to Ghana, West Africa the duo headed to try their hand at gold placer mining in one of the most temperamental regions on the planet.
Get Rich Quick? Maybe Not…
Most prospectors will tell you, you’re not going to make a living by prospecting for gold nuggets and your chances of getting rich are slim. Sometimes you’ll read a news story about an amateur treasure hunter finding gold, such as the massive gold nugget stumbled upon in Australia a few years ago. The value of this nugget is at least $300,000; and the region was continuously searched for the past 150 years. According to the amateur explorer, “In the old days, miners could only see or feel gold – but now with metal detectors they can hear it.” Perhaps this story should include the disclaimer, “Results not typical. The average treasure hunter should not expect to recover substantial amounts of gold.” Regardless, more and more people are flocking to rivers and hillsides in search of gold. Why? Because they know that natural gold can be found—and modern metal detectors are sophisticated at pinpointing tiny nuggets and flakes of gold.
You Will Definitely Have Fun Trying!
If the idea of prospecting intrigues you, try your hand at it! Even if you don’t get rich when you’re prospecting for gold, remember: it’s fun and exhilarating, it’s great exercise and you’ll enjoy fresh air while being outdoors. Many people schedule camping trips around their prospecting adventures. And if you’re lucky…you may just make a profit while you’re at it. When selecting a metal detector for prospecting, you’ll see a broad range of prices. All gold detectors are designed to search in heavy mineralized soil, but advanced models have specialized features: some are waterproof to 10 feet, some feature automatic ground tracking, an iron-discrimination mode or a sophisticated audio or target identification display. Experts recommend that you purchase the best unit you can afford without breaking your budget.
Check out the following articles related to gold prospecting metal detectors:
“Best Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting”
“Gold Nugget Hunting with a Metal Detector”