Friday, July 20, 2018

another treasure trove

I recently blogged about the possibility that our planet contains an enormous deposit of diamonds about a hundred miles beneath the surface. Well, a few days ago, news came out that a sunken Russian vessel was found not far from the Korean island of Ulleung-do, and it might contain billions of dollars (or about a 100 billion pounds) in gold. A salvage project is, as you can imagine, under way, with Russia and several other participating countries (including South Korea, in whose territory the ship is) planning to divvy up the treasure.

A South Korean salvage team has discovered the wreck of a Russian warship that was sunk in a naval battle 113 years ago and is believed to still contain a trove of gold bullion and coins worth 150 trillion won, or £100 billion.

The Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was discovered at a depth of more than 1,400 feet about one mile off the South Korean island of Ulleungdo.

A joint team made up of experts from South Korea, Britain, and Canada discovered the wreck on Sunday and used two manned submersibles to capture footage of the vessel, with the company behind the discovery promising to use a percentage of the money to fund the construction of a railway line linking Russia and South Korea...

Good times. Good times.

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