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The population soared and the colony boomed. Melbourne and provincial centres enjoyed undreamtof prosperity, the fruits of which are still visible today in its wide boulevards and grand Victorian architecture.

Now the heady days of the mid19th century could return, with the identification of vast new reserves of the precious metal in northern Victoria. A geological survey suggests up to 70 million ounces of gold lie beneath the ground nearly as much again as the states output over the past 150 years.

Unlike in the 1850s, when people literally picked nuggets up off the ground, the gold is tantalisingly out of reach, buried under hundreds of metres of sediment and waste rock. Only mining firms using advanced drilling techniques will be able to extract it.

It will be a corporate gold rush this time, said Paul McDonald, the resources manager at Geoscience Victoria, the state agency that conducted the threeyear survey. Its not quite as romantic, but the gold itself is still romantic. Its just a bit harder to get at.

With gold prices at record highs this year, the mining industry has been intensifying its search for new reserves. cheap michael kors online In Australia, exploration has focused mainly on the rich goldfields of Western Australia, where mothballed mines have been reopened. The results of the survey could divert efforts back to Victoria or so the state government hopes.

The 19thcentury gold rush, which began two years after a similar frenzy in California, was prompted by discoveries at Ballarat, Bendigo and Beechworth, as well as in a clutch of smaller towns. The area came to be known as the Golden Triangle. Now, using remotesensing technology, government geologists have identified a new triangle to the north, with the same host rock found between 45m and 550m underground.

Mining companies are being cautious, pointing out that it is difficult and costly to extract at such depths. Peter Thompson, the exploration manager of Beaconsfield Gold, said the gold in Victoria was also coarsegrained, rather than finely distributed cheap michael kors online through the rock. So you can drill a hole and find a big nugget, or find nothing at all. Nevertheless, its exciting to think that there are still big discoveries to be made.

Chris Fraser, executive director of the Victoria division of the Minerals Council of Australia, said: We agree with the Government that theres enormous potential there. But its not a find yet, its cheap michael kors online just a scientific study.

Gold is a ruthless business; its not for the fainthearted. Only one in 1000 exploration projects ever turns into a mine. If Geoscience Victorias predictions prove correct, on current prices about $99 billion worth of the precious metal could still be lying underground.

The original rush, which started weeks after the colony was founded and lasted until the late 1860s, attracted miners from as far afield as Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, China and the US. The Australian population nearly trebled within a decade of gold being found, and the population of Victoria where the economy had previously been based on sheep grazing soared from 75,000 to more than half a million. Rural backwaters became wealthy towns, and by the 1880s the colonys capital was being called Marvellous Melbourne, one of the worlds largest and most cosmopolitan cities. cheap michael kors online