Some people are truly lucky, or they have superpowers that help them locate random objects worth a fortune! When you think of deserts, a few things that come to mind are sand, heat, and more sand, and maybe a few cactuses and camels. We’ve always pictured deserts as a neverending expanse of sand, mirages, and an occasional camel train.
This article proves why some people preferred to visit deserts than tropical rainforests! Mother Earth is full of mystery – from submerged treasures to frozen secrets of Alaska, deserts are home to valuable treasures waiting patiently to be claimed. Here’s a list of 5 random objects found in deserts that ended up being worth fortunes!
Known to be more valuable than gold, this chemical compound is bound with boron – an important component for many manufactured goods. Miners have been able to extract nearly $1 billion worth of Borax from California’s Searles Lake!
2. The Lost Library Of Timbuktu
In the 16th century, a wealthy Timbuktu boasted its own scholarship and university, but as time went by, many of the artifacts and books, that once belonged to someone, ended up lost in time. Fortunately, people were able to track down and restore most of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts about art, medicine, philosophy, and science along with a few copies of the Quran.
3. Gold Coin
It was in 2010 that archaeologists, working in an Israeli desert, stumbled upon a gold coin. Not only was this over 2,000-year-old coin made in Egypt under the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy V, but according to Donald T. Ariel of the Israel Antiquities Authority, during those times, one coin was equivalent to six months or one year’s salary!
4. Giant Gold Nugget
Most of us have seen and even held tiny gold bars, but no one us were as lucky as Australian prospector Kevin Hillier. In 1980, with the help of a metal detector, Hillier discovered a giant gold nugget in a desert close to Kingower, Victoria! And by giant, we mean massive! That gold nugget weighed nearly two kgs and was instantly purchased by Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget for a solid $1 million!
5. Abandoned Gold
It was in 2013 when an unidentified couple was walking their dog around California’s Sierra Nevada. During their walk, they came across an old random tin can, and, out of curiosity, they decided to check it out. As it turns out, that old tin can was filled with gold coins! Upon further digging, the couple was able to unearth 1,427 pieces of currency that were made from 1847 to 1894. In 2014 the treasure they uncovered was estimated at a whopping $10 million!
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