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Gold in Nome is drying up, pushing miners to extreme new locations in a desperate search for gold. This series brings new challenges to the teams including a serious back injury and a perilous solo dive!
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 - at the bottom of the freezing, 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 sediment rich with gold into its waters.
As Nome's ice pack melts during the summer, this isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement as pioneer gold seekers rush to get out on 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 icy to dive.
Gold Divers 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.
However, failure could yield a vast array of consequences - from possible jail time, to injury and even death.
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Zeke Tenhoff laughs while setting up the sluice.