North of Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), 300 Km, amid small islands of “Lac de Gras”, is the Diavik Diamond Mine, which extracts the purest diamonds the world, a 99.9% purity. This gives an average of 11 million carats annually (10% of world production). The diamond mine is so huge and the area is so remote that it even has its own airport which would be able to land a Boeing 737. And looks even bleaker when the water freezes around.

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Mining has become an important part of the regional economy, with about 700 employees, of which 250 natives, raising C $ 100 million in sales, and producing 8 million carats (1,600 kg) of diamonds per year. The area was recognized in 1992 and construction began in 2001, produced from January 2003.

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  1. Theron C. Yates

    It has become an important part of the regional economy, employing 700, grossing C$ 100 million in sales, and producing 8 million carats (1600 kg) of diamonds annually. The area was surveyed in 1992 and construction began in 2001, with production commencing in January 2003. It is connected by an ice road and Diavik Airport with a 5,235-foot (1,596 m) gravel runway regularly accommodating Boeing 737 jet aircraft. The mine is owned by a joint venture between the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group . The lifespan of the mine is expected to be 16 to 22 years. The mine consists of three kimberlite pipes associated with the Lac de Gras kimberlite field and is located on an island 20 square kilometres (8 sq mi ) in Lac de Gras and is informally called East Island. It is about 220 kilometres (137 mi) south of the Arctic Circle . In 2006 the ice road from Yellowknife to the Diavik mine, and neighboring mines, froze late and thawed early.

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