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Did you know? — Exploring for #diamonds is a long, difficult, and expensive process. The first years are devoted to locating a source and determining if there are enough diamonds of good enough quality to justify mine construction. Then, if the decision is made to proceed, it can take several years to build the mine and begin operations.

The geography and climate of an area can make a big difference to exploration geologists and dictate the methods they use. The political conditions and environmental regulations of the country in which the potential mine is located can also influence the timing of exploration and mine construction, as well as a mine’s production limits. Environmental concerns are also becoming much more important than they were in the early days of the industry.
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Courtesy: GIA. Resource: Amanda Koo
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