Temperatures at the bottom of Australia's deepest gold mine are close to 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity is like something out of the tropics with long shifts making it a tough slog for miners.
Survivors who stood in neck-deep water for days on end are pulled from an illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, which flooded on February 16, killing 24.
During the mining boom, one of China's biggest gold miners took a gamble and invested $225 million in Australia. It has not paid off.
Some Aboriginal elders have given their support for a mining operation on Lake Torrens in the Flinders Rangers, which holds a sacred place in Dreamtime legend.
Australia's exports surge to a monthly record of $37.5b as more worrying signs show up in China's capacity to keep financing the booming trade surplus.
Gold discoveries have been making headlines in Western Australia's Pilbara in recent years, something all kicked off by a man chasing a mob of stray cattle.
An experienced prospector discovers a large gold nugget in the shape of a duck's foot buried 800 millimetres beneath the surface in WA's northern Goldfields containing more than two kilograms of gold.
Prospectors and exploration companies have been re-energised by the discovery of rare gold specimens in outback Western Australia, which could potentially spark a "mini gold rush".
Gold-encrusted quartz from a seam 500 metres below the surface in an area three metres wide and three metres high has delivered 90 kilogram rocks worth millions in just days.
The Perth Mint reveals details of a data breach affecting 13 Depository Online customers, and involving data being taken from information held by a third-party provider.