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Australian man finds huge lump of gold

picture: 5.5kg gold nugget found in Australia
5.5kg gold nugget found in Australia   1
A man in the Australian state of Victoria has found a large lump of gold worth over $300,000.
The man, who was an amateuradjective doing something as a hobby or for fun, not for money prospectornoun somebody who searches for gold in the ground, was looking for gold near the town of Ballarat. He was using a metal detectornoun electric machine that can find metal in the ground when he dug up the Y-shaped nuggetnoun a piece of gold or other metal in its natural state - i.e. not cut or melted; also, a small piece of food e.g. a chicken nugget. of gold, which weighs 5.5kg.

People have been looking for gold around Ballarat for many years, but nobody has ever found such a large nugget. The man was using the very latest kind of metal detectornoun electric machine that can find metal in the ground which can sense metal deeper underground than older models. The nugget was lying 60cm below the surface.

The man, who has remained anonymousadjective a person is anonymous if they do not give their name, had been searching for gold for a long time but had only found small pieces before.

A local gold shop owner said the find would encourage more people to prospect for gold in the area. ‘There's nothing like digging up money, it's good fun,’ he added.

A video of the nugget has been posted on YouTube. Click here to watch
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amateur adjective doing something as a hobby or for fun, not for money Mac   Cam Save
nugget noun a piece of gold or other metal in its natural state - i.e. not cut or melted; also, a small piece of food e.g. a chicken nugget. Mac   CamDict   Wikt Save
prospector noun somebody who searches for gold in the ground Mac   CamDict   Wikt Save
anonymous adjective a person is anonymous if they do not give their name Mac   CamDict   Wikt Save
metal detector noun electric machine that can find metal in the ground Mac   CamDict   Wikt Save

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