Gold has fascinated man for thousands of years and, despite being less technically useful than many other elements, is still mined extensively, mostly to be buried again in vaults or used as adornments. It is avidly sought by most of the largest mineral exploration companies and prospectors through to untrained individuals succumbing to `gold fever'. It is still possible for the average person with minimal equipment to find and recover small amounts of gold, and sometimes even sizable and valuable nuggets, in many places in Tasmania. The techniques for finding and recovering gold are not described here, but the information is readily available within prospecting books and magazines available from most sizable libraries and bookstores.
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