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Ekati Diamond Mine - Canada
Natural diamond sources have been discovered in approximately 35 different countries around the World across several continents. Diamonds, and consequently mines like the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, are found in areas where there have been volcanic activity or erosion and where natural elements such as streams, rivers and even glaciers might have taken them. When such sources are discovered mines, such as the Ekati Diamond Mine, often follow. The Ekati Diamond Mine is the Canada's first operational diamond mining operation and produces 3 million carats of rough diamonds every year. Please click the following links for additional facts and information about diamonds produced in Canada and Diamond Mines:

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Facts and Information about the Ekati Diamond Mine - Canada
Facts and Information about the Ekati Diamond Mine:

  • The Ekati Diamond Mine Country is Canada
  • The Ekati Diamond Mine Location: Lac de Gras, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and is 200km south of the Arctic circle and 20 kilometers distance from of the Diavik diamond mine
  • The Ekati Diamond Mine diamond source: Kimberlite volcanic pipes
  • Formation of Ekati volcanic pipe: Shallow lakes formed in inactive volcanic craters
  • Mining Method: Open pit mining
  • Size of the Ekati Diamond Mine: 110 acres and reaches underground to 1,900 feet
  • The Ekati Diamond Mine diamond quality: Many large diamonds have been recovered, including a 182 carat stone
  • Age of Diamonds: 45 to 62 million years old
  • Age of the mine: The Ekati pipe was discovered by Prospector Chuck Fipke who discovered the Kimberlite pipes in 1991 and the Ekati mine began operations on October 14 1998
  • By April 1999 the EKATI diamond mine had produced one million carats of diamonds
  • Diamonds from the Ekati Mine are sold under the trade name Aurias and their authenticity is verified through the "CanadaMark" service
  • Color of diamonds found at the Ekati Diamond Mine: Colorless, and very rarely, yellow.
  • The Ekati Diamond Mine is operated by: BHP Billiton Diamonds, Inc
  • The Canadian Ekati diamond mine leads the world on environmental standards

Information about Diamond Deposits
Diamonds reach the surface of the earth via volcanic pipes or via placer / alluvial deposits. The purpose of the mines is the extraction of valuable diamonds from the earth. The mines are plant operations built to extract diamond crystal from either underground or from the surface. When diamonds are extracted underground, the mine needs a system of excavations in the rock to gain access to the kimberlite rock. There are a limited number of commercially viable diamond mines currently operating in the world which use tunnelling and excavation methods. However, diamonds are also mined using the Placer or Alluvial mining methods when host rock is washed away by streams and rivers and diamonds are deposited as sediment in the stream sands in 'placer deposits' which also called Alluvial deposits.

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