large gold nugget, nicknamed the Devil’s Ear because of its peculiar
shape, was found by miners in Siberia, Russia, on June 13.
discovery of the 6.664-kilogram (14.69 pound) nugget occurred at the
Ukhagan mine in the Irkutsk region’s Bodaybinsky district. Local
officials say the nugget is the largest found at the mine.
shifting machine tossed the nugget away, but a worker found it among
mining debris. According to a story published June 18 in the The Siberian Times online, such finds
rarely come singly and miners are hoping to find another.
nugget was found in a new mine that according to preliminary estimate
doesn’t have that much gold,” said director of the mine, Sergey
Kozlov, according to the news story.
the miners are very hopeful that an old saying ‘one nugget never walks
alone’ will work for them again. First we will have to check the
dropouts more carefully — to see what else the clever equipment threw away!”
story published June 20 on the online website of The Daily Mail
in London estimated the nugget could be worth £180,000 ($300,000 US).
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