Mine the river

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Paul works on a front end loader to clear off the overburden and get to the gold-bearing quartz and greywacke which is deposited into the floating gold screen. Gold is heavy, so settles to the bottom while the remaining deposits are spread onto the land. Last year 700 kilograms of gold was mined across the West Coast, worth nearly $75 million.

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