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Greenlit: Prospectors, The Weather Channel

Prospectors w/t (9 x 30′)  – Docuseries that follows a group of miners searching for the rarest gems in order to strike it rich. However, they risk life and limb daily as they face extreme climates, weather and other perilous conditions in every step of their pursuit.

Just like their predecessors 150 years ago, the small, ragtag gang has one goal: find their fortune. Based in Colorado, they brave the continent’s most extreme mountain environments in search of the planet’s most precious gems, such as topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite. Rarer than diamonds, more valuable than gold and far more difficult to mine, one of these fist-sized gems can bring $3 million or more. The prospectors use picks, sledgehammers and dynamite to send Volkswagen-sized boulders spinning out of control down the 60 percent grade mountainside. They open holes, looking for veins of brilliant red, blue and green crystals. And the right pocket, extracted correctly, can bring a million dollar payday or more.

But the process is brutal. This is some of the most dangerous mining in the world, because while Colorado is home to North America’s richest, most abundant gem fields, they’re also at the highest elevations. At 14,000 feet above sea level, there’s 50 percent less oxygen, and weather is always more extreme, with twice as many lightning strikes, hurricane force winds, and vicious storms that move in without warning. And if the weather doesn’t get the prospectors, the thieves might.

Channel: The Weather Channel

Producer: High Noon Entertainment

TX: 2013

Source: Weather Channel press release

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