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Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

New sneak peek at ‘Bering Sea Gold’ – tensions run high in ‘Ripped Off’

Fans can get an early look at Friday’s episode of Bering Sea Gold with a new clip supplied by Discovery Channel.

bering seas gold mining nome alaska Discovery Channel showIn the new episode “Ripped Off” Being Sea Gold: Under the Ice – The Champagne Kiss Off: Nome, Alaska. It’s getting late in the ice mining season and the challenges of finding gold are wearing on the miners. Tensions run high and some important relationships are beginning to fray.

Check out the new preview. Full synopsis of the show is below.

 

Bering Sea Gold airs Fridays at 9 PM E/P on the Discovery Channel

 Check out our Exclusive interview with Emily Reidel from Bering Sea Gold – click HERE

Synopsis:

In the frontier town of Nome, Alaska, there’s a gold rush on. But you’ve never seen gold mining like this before — here, the precious metal isn’t found in the ground. It’s sitting in the most unlikely of places: the bottom of the frigid, unpredictable Bering Sea. And there are a handful of people willing to risk it all to bring it to the surface.

For two million years, glaciers have been melting into the Bering Sea and depositing sediments rich with gold into its waters. As Nome’s ice pack melts during the summer, the isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement as pioneer gold seekers rush to get out onto the water. Miners dive and dredge to scour the bottom of the sea from custom built, barely seaworthy rigs — in a race to haul in as much gold as possible before the waters become too frigid to dive.

Bering Sea Gold illustrates a world like none seen before — one where the danger is palpable and the stakes are high. Success in the waters will give the dredgers the hope and means to continue — and maybe even make them rich. Failure could yield a vast array of consequences — from possible jail time to injury and even death.

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  1. Smokin' Joe says:

    Just a bunch of hype to sucker in the idiot tube junkies. Winter mining has been explored in the past and found to be a losing proposition. The filming companies are just looking for sucker audiences.
    L&H Mining was one of the most recent outfits to experiment with winter mining off shore and found it to be an expensive, low paying proposition. They did their homework and basically pioneered the present methods that are being tried. You have to cut a large hole and then keep it open by erecting a shelter. Then there has to be enough gold near the hole to make it for a few days. Then a move has to be made as your hoses working under water can’t be very long without clogging. Your new hole in the thick ice has to be very close to a good pay streak–good luck on that! (A lot of the “cream” has already been taken)
    There are 2 or 3 submarine (ancient) beaches that weren’t created by “melting glaciers” but by glaciers grinding up the host rock and pushing it seaward during several ice ages. Melting snow made rivers during the warmer summers that carried gold to the receded sea bed and these deposits can be quite deep and out of the reach of divers.
    The waters these “ice divers” are mining are relatively shallow for a long way off shore.
    The diving part is relatively easy, no bad currents, warm heated suits, shallow water but can be a little dark.
    It’s not a paying proposition as far as gold goes but the filming companies pay fairly well and it makes good “TV” for the junkies.

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