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By Rose Ragsdale
For Mining News 

'Barren Lands' delivers wild ride

Chronicle of North American diamond exploration sparkles with suspense, intrigue, adventure amid rare gems of history, geology


Last updated 11/25/2007 at Noon

If you ever wondered how Canada's diamond mining boom got its start, then taking the time to read "Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic" by Kevin Krajick is a good idea.

Published in 2001, this nonfiction treatise on the subject is technical enough for professionals and yet simple enough for laymen. In 388 pages, Krajick, a prizewinning journalist, transports...

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