Treasure hunter family finds $300,000 worth of 300-year-old Spanish gold off Florida coast

Publised in Mail Online on September 3, 2013. Updated September 4, 2013. Article written by Lydia Warren.

  • The Schmitt family found three pounds of gold chains, five gold coins and a gold ring 150 yards off coast of Fort Pierce
  • The loot is believed to be from 1715, when a fleet of Spanish ships were hit by a hurricane off Florida
  • Florida gets 20% of the gold and the family will share the rest with the crew

Discovery: Hillary, Rick and Eric Schmitt hold up one of the gold chains they found during a dive this weekend.

Garmin TOPO Maps, Your reliable friend on the trail

Publised on July 28, 2013. Article written by admin.

Garmin, the world class leader in GPS supplies has a lot to offer for prospectors. From Automotive Maps (on the road navigation) to Marine Charts (on the water navigation) to Recreational Maps (on the go navigation), the TOPO maps are the ones that should have your attention.

A wide range of high resolution TOPO maps are available in different formats: as Download, as CD/DVD or as (micro)SD Cards.

The Origin of Gold

Publised on July 11, 2013 - Article compiled and rewritten by admin.

Have you ever asked yourself: "Where does gold come from?" "Has gold always been present on our planet?" "Are meteorites the reason that there's gold out there?" Did you know that the oceans contain an enormous amount of dissolved gold? Curious? --- Keep reading and find out more about the origin of gold.

Cygnus Loop Supernova - Photograph courtesy J. J. Hester (Arizona State University)/NASA

Supernovae, or collapsing stars, provide the extremely hot conditions necessary to create dense atoms like gold. The Cygnus Loop supernova (above), was a colossal stellar explosion that occurred 15,000 years ago. Atoms inside supernovae collide forcefully and create intense heat — hundreds of millions of degrees.

Lasseter's gold reef. The legend continues...

Published in Mail Online - 30 June 2013. Updated 01 July 2013. Article written by Mark Duell.

Explorers use Google Earth to restart hunt for Australian El Dorado that gold-seeker claimed he found more than a century ago.

  • Men have been five times to area in remote Gibson Desert, Australia
  • Harold Bell Lasseter said in 1929 that he had discovered reef in 1911
  • Received backing to find the gold again - but died 'after he located it'
  • His diary was found in cave and it showed route he took to get there
  • Jeff Harris and Brendan Elliott have tracked journey on Google Earth

Explorer: Harold Lasseter claimed to have found an El Dorado in Australia in 1911.

Seventeen tons of gold and silver coins recovered

Published in Mail Online - 25th February 2012. Article written by Daily Mail reporter.

Seventeen tons of gold and silver coins recovered from sunken galleon touch down in Spain.

Sovereign claim: These are among nearly 600,000 coins recovered from a sunken Spanish galleon which are due to be returned to Spain today after a long legal fight.