Ekati Diamond Mine

Ekati Diamond Mine

Owner: BHP Billiton

Type of Mine: Diamond

Location: Northwest Territories, Canada

Built: 1998

Located 300 kms away from Yellowknife, the Ekati diamond mine led to diamond’s version of the gold rush.  Since the project’s discovery in 1985, land ranging from Great Slave lake to the arctic circle has been bought up like geological lottery tickets on the notion that Kimberlite pipes, an indicator of diamond, might turn out to be another Ekati jackpot.

Image courtesy of Jason Pineau, Ekati Diamond Mine, 17 August 2010

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