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Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada

From series “Giant Artificial Quarries of the Planet”
Canada remains the world’s richest industrial country. The Ekati kimberlite pipe located on its territory confirmes that. Mining development in the north-west area of Canada began in 1998 after the discovery of large diamond deposits. The first to declare the existence of diamond deposits were Stewart Blusson and Chuck Fipke. In 1991 they sold a significant part of the field to a large industrial organization BHP billiton Diamonds Inc.

The name of the mine is very simbolic and means ‘fat lake’ in the language of local Indians. The fact is that the quarry is located near the Lac de Gras lake, where the aborigins came across quartz veins in ancient times. Rapid progress in the development of the mine will soon lead to a shaft mining method. To the beginning - Big Hole Kimberley

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