The evolution of a diamond mine, seen from space


In 1994, diamond deposits were discovered on a small island in the remote wilderness of Canada’s Northwest Territories. It took mine owners Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Corp. eight years to extract their first rough diamond from the mine.

Known as Diavik, it is the largest diamond mine in Canada and one of the world’s most valuable.

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