Oes 'na aur yn yr mynyddoedd - is there gold in the mountains.
Well what surprise can happen when a short break (5 days) is taken to Criccieth.
Sometimes i have wandered around the mountains and so know a few people who do same, imagine my reaction when being shown what someone had picked up beside a trail.
An odd shaped golden nugget (i cannot testify to it's purity). what i do know is that someone in Australia 3 years ago picked up one weighing over a kilogram.
We know that most surface lumps of gold come from meteorites, and many on here may remember a couple of years ago seeing film of the meteor that came in over Russia, this followed a common pattern of entering the atmosphere at a very high speed and thus heated very quickly to the extent it exploded into many smaller parts. Not to many people know that plenty of folks try to find the site of these meteorites because they are very interesting (and may include lumps of gold).
One other interesting part is that the meteorites often cause a crater as they plunge into the ground at high speed penetrating deep into the soil with some of the material rebounding back out of the hole, so though gold may be found on the surface there is likely to be more underground.
So the nugget above was apparently on the surface close to what i believe was a small crater (read very small), i was not given a precise location for it just a general 'a few miles in that direction' description. But i was told that the very small crater indicated the meteors trajectory was from the north. (doubtless the secrecy was because some people intend digging, so i can understand not being given a better set of directions).
Anyway, if what i have been given as facts are true, then a area where parts of the meteor would be spread over would look something like the image below.
Image generated using google maps.
Of course a normal treasure map would have X marks the spot, but here all i can do is provide a gold tinted area of probability.
This does lead me to two possibly useful ideas,
Anyone who corners the market in picks and shovels before news spreads could be onto a financial winner.
And the next wave of bootcampers could be the luckiest ever. (what will they pick up?).