A gargantuan gold mine with an estimated 470 tons of reserves was recently found off the coast of Shandong, 2,000 meters under the sea.
The Shandong Provincial No. 3 Institute of Geographical and Mineral Survey said that the mine was under coastal waters near Sanshan Island off Laizhou city. It is the largest undersea gold mine ever found in China, according to Sina News.
Of course, it’s not like researchers just happened upon the mother lode, the project took some 1,000 workers three years to finish, involving 67 sea drilling platforms that completed 120 kilometers of drilling. Ding Zhengjiang, vice director of the institute, said that the operation was particularly difficult because it involved setting up platforms over the sea and then drilling down 1,000 meters below the surface.
Still, the results are obviously worth all this hard work. That amount of gold could fill the homes of thousands of corrupt officials and built a fleet of gold double-decker buses, just so long as it doesn’t turn out to be sulfur.