By Rose Ragsdale
For Mining News 

Pandemic curbs diamond mining, markets

Canada's Gahcho Kué mine still churning out millions of carats North of 60 Mining News – July 31, 2020

Series: COVID-19 coverage | Story 57

Last updated 9/26/2020 at 3:09pm

Large gem quality diamond Rio Tinto Dominion Diavik mine NWT

Dominion Diamond Mines Inc.

This 187.7-carat gem known as Foxfire was recovered from the Diavik Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories during 2017.

Though world diamond markets remain closed after their shutdown this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, diamond mining in Canada's North is showing signs of life.

One mine, Ekati, shut down in the spring remains closed and most explorers have delayed field work until 2021, an intrepid few are reporting pre-pandemic progress and post-pandemic activities.

In the spring, the government...

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