Geologists Rush To The Hills To Look For More Gold
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Could be a new gold rush in California. This might be a little different than in the 1840s and '50s, when thousands of men overran gold fields in California. But about 60 miles north of John Sutter's mill, where the gold rush began in 1848, a landowner with a metal detector hit the motherload one year ago. He found an 8.2-pound gold nugget. He took it to the office of geologist Fred Halobird, and Halobird knew he was looking at something extraordinary.
M: You'd like to see the stuff that is, you know - that books are written about. And that nugget is just that. It's one of these once-in-a-lifetime treasures that you hope to see in a museum. And not only did I not see it in a museum, it walked into my office. So I got to handle it upfront, close, personal. It's just very, very exciting.
INSKEEP: The owner is keeping the location secret for fear of modern-day claim jumpers.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.