Story: Radioactive minerals

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Cassin and Jacobsen

Two veteran prospectors, Frederick Cassin and Charles Jacobsen, hold a Geiger counter up to a sample of uranium ore. The rock was from the original area of discovery near Batty Creek in the Lower Buller Gorge. ‘I believe that it is possible we have discovered the second most concentrated uranium deposit in the world,’ Cassin commented to the Dominion reporter. It was not quite true, but everyone was happy to believe him.

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Radioactive minerals - West Coast uranium rush, 1955–56', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 12 Jun 2006