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By Shane Lasley
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Underwater mining for Ekati diamonds

Arctic Canadian is having a remote-operated underwater continuous miner built to extract diamonds from flooded pits North of 60 Mining News – October 7, 2022

 

Last updated 10/20/2022 at 2:39pm

The Ekati diamond mine is surrounded by lakes found on a flat arctic expanse.

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Aerial view of the Ekati diamond mine in Northwest Territories.

Underwater mining conjures images of the dredging up gold-rich marine placers off the beaches of Nome, Alaska, diamonds from the ocean floor of the coast of Namibia, or collecting potato-sized nodules of manganese off the deep-ocean floor. Arctic Canadian Diamond Company, however, has a completely different use for submersible mining technology – recovering diamonds from the bottom of previou...



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