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Prospectors turn up again on the Weather Channel

October 22, 2013

The Weather Channel’s reality series Prospectors, which the network says has been a hit, gives viewers the chance to see what it’s like to search for veins of semi-precious gemstones in one of the country’s most challenging mining landscapes.

New York--The second season of The Weather Channel series Prospectors, a reality television show that follows the endeavors of gemstone miners in Colorado, returns at the end of the month.

The second season will premiere on Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. EDT.

The miners in the show explore mountain environments in search of gems including topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite, with a fist-size sample of these stones bringing in big money. They use picks, sledgehammers and dynamite to send Volkswagen-sized boulders down the mountainside to look for unearthed veins of red, blue and green crystals.

Prospectors features real gemstone miners; from left, Steve Brancato, Amanda Adkins, Dwayne Morrison, Tim Dorris, Krystle Velasco, Joe Dorris and Brian Busse.

While Colorado is home to North America’s richest and most abundant gem fields, the mining sites also are at high elevations, at 14,000 feet above sea level, The Weather Channel said. There’s 50 percent less oxygen at that altitude, with extreme weather including lightning strikes, hurricane-force winds and storms that move in quickly.

The second season will feature eight one-hour episodes, as well as a Prospectors marathon that will run from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

The Weather Channel said Prospectors has been a “big success” and is the network’s best original programming primetime premiere, and its debut episodes are now its top two-performing long-form telecasts in 2013.