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Golden Nuggets

GOLDEN nuggets, Story by John Brooksbank.
Photographs by John Brooksbank and Neil Duncan,
Paradise Magazine October, 1992.
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Distinctively sharp-edged Mt. Kare nugget.
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Golden nuggets

Everyone has heard of them, but who knows what a gold nugget really is ?

Gold nuggets are naturally occurring pieces of gold and while many people have a notin of what they should look like, their forms are many and varied.

Mt. Kare miner equipped against the weather and claim jumpers:
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Most gold in the world occurs in a hard rock from which means it is usually finely dispersed throughout a rock matrix. For example, one could stand on top of the gold-bearing vein system at the Wild Dog prospect in West New Britain or on the high grade, Lienetz zone on Lihir Island and not see any gold. In hard rock terms high grade could mean 5 to 20 grammes per tonne, that is the weight of a small ring in a cubic metre of rock. hard rock gold can also mean the yellow metal occurring in veins or 'stringers', but even here it is often so dispersed it cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Panners still work the Wau-Bulolo goldfields 60 years after the rush !
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When gold is weathered form the rock by elements, it is washed downwards into the surrounding rivers and streams draining the area. Here it travels varying distances dependent on its particle size and tends to accumulate in areas where stream waters slow down and suspended material is deposited under rocks, in sand bars and other natural barriers.

This is alluvial or placer gold, the object of propector's dreams burt also useful to geologists surveying to determine the source of gold in the area. Nuggets are usually found in alluvial gold deposits.

the abrasive effects of the elements and the movement along stream beds, smooth and round off the sharp edges of the neggets. Often geologists can get an indication of how far nuggets have been transported by their degree of weathering.

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An example of this is the very distinctive nuggets found in the Mt. Kare goldrush area on the border of Enga and southern Highlands Provinces. Here the gold was termed colluvial and hard not been weathered very much at all, having very distinctive crystalline shapes and forms.

The largest nugget found in the world was the Welcome Stranger, weighing an amazing 2520 ounces - over 78 kilos ! This was found in February 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates in Victoria, Australia, apparently at a depth of only 2.5 cm beneath the surface.

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Large nuggets have been found in Papua New Guinea but for fairly obvious reasons have not been given much publicity.

A case in point is the nuggets of Mount Kare which ahd not been heard about by American collectors until a Mount Hagen - based gold buyer displayed specimens at the large annual show at Tuscon. After this, quite a few North American 'tourists' visited Western Highlands and Enga provinces !

Jagged edges of a Mt. Kare nugget.
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The upsruge in interest in gold at various times in recent years has resulted in many people buying metal detectors and fossicking in old alluvial gold mining areas and mullock dumps. Prospecting as a hobby is a popular pastime in Australia, Canada and the United States.

The larger nuggets have been given colorful names by their discoverers such as The Precious, Nil Desperandum, The Golden Eagle and The Lady Barkly. The Hand of Faith nugget, weighing in at 876 ounces (25 kilos) found at Kingower, Victoria, is now on display at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.

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Within PNG, small nuggets are still found and are relatively easily identifiable as coming from a particular area such as Mount Kare, Simbai or Amanab.

Apart from their shape, nuggets will vary in color, depending on their content of silver. Thus nuggets from Mount Kare tend to be paler than those form Simbai which have a lower silver content.

Nuggets which have been deposited close to the surface often have a darker yellow color because over the years the silver has been progressively leached out by the humic acids produced by rotting vegetation.

Every panful has gold potential.
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Golden nuggets

Nuggets are unique and have a value in excess of their gold content because of their rarity and form, larger nuggets having greater value. In PNG, nuggets are used in many jewellery items and are available from all the main jewellers. Tourists who buy such items can literally take a bit of PNG away with them.

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