How Do They Mine Diamonds?

How Do They Mine Diamonds?


Narrator:
IN THE WORLD OF DIAMOND MINING,
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A BANG. AT THE DIAVIK MINE, THEY BLAST OUT THOUSANDS
OF TONS OF ROCK PER DAY, SEARCHING FOR DIAMONDS WHICH ORIGINALLY FORMED
93 MILES BELOW GROUND. THE DEEPEST HOLE
WE’VE EVER DUG ISN’T EVEN A TENTH AS DEEP. SO HOW DID THEY GET
TO THE SURFACE? VOLCANIC ACTIVITY
CARRIED THEM UP THROUGH THE PLANET’S CRUST. Narrator: THEY’RE EXCAVATING
2.5 BILLION YEAR OLD ROCK TO REACH THE VOLCANIC DEPOSITS
CALLED KIMBERLITE PIPES WHERE THE DIAMONDS LIE. Man: KIMBERLITE PIPE IS JUST
A ROUND PIPE OF LAVA FLOW THAT COMES UP MILLIONS
AND MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO THAT WE’RE ACTUALLY DRILLING
IN AN OLD VOLCANO. Narrator: VOLCANIC ORE IS LOADED
ONTO GIANT 240-TON TRUCKS THAT CREEP UP THE SPIRALING RIM OF THE CRATER
TO THE PROCESSING PLANT. IT MAY LOOK
LIKE THEY’RE CARRYING JUST A HEAP OF BOULDERS,
BUT HIDDEN IN EACH LOAD, THERE COULD BE 700 CARATS
OF ROUGH DIAMONDS. THESE ROCKS ARE VALUABLE,
BUT ONCE THEY’RE PROCESSED, THEY’LL BE WORTH
FIVE TIMES AS MUCH. Narrator:
WHEN THE ORE REACHES THE PLANT, THE NEXT CHALLENGE IS TO BREAK
IT DOWN TO SMALL PIECES ABOUT ONE INCH WIDE. TO ACHIEVE THAT, THE BOULDERS
PASS THROUGH A SERIES OF MASSIVE CRUSHING MACHINES,
WHICH REDUCE THEIR SIZE WITHOUT DESTROYING
THE PRECIOUS GEMS INSIDE. AT THE END OF THE GAUNTLET
OF CRUSHERS, WHAT’S LEFT IS A MIX OF PRICELESS GEMS
AND WORTHLESS STONES. THE WHOLE LOT IS SENT
186 MILES SOUTH TO ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY FORTIFIED
COMPLEXES IN NORTH AMERICA. DIAMONDS ARE PERFECT TO STEAL. THEY’RE SMALL, LIGHT,
AND WORTH A FORTUNE. IN ONE RECENT HEIST, A THIEF GOT AWAY WITH
$136 MILLION WORTH. THAT’S EQUIVALENT IN VALUE
TO 3 1/2 TONS OF GOLD. Narrator:
THE NEXT CHALLENGE IS TO REMOVE
THE FINAL TRACES OF ROCK. TO DO THAT, A ROBOT PLUNGES
THE BATCH OF ROUGH DIAMONDS INTO A HOT CHEMICAL BATH. WHEN THAT’S OVER,
THE ROCKS ARE GONE, AND ALL THAT’S LEFT
IS ROUGH DIAMONDS.

100 thoughts on “How Do They Mine Diamonds?

  1. In Africa when i hear of this jewel i see blood ………country that unfortunately owns them …DRC congo ,Central African Republic …….so sad

  2. diamonds are lies. Diamonds have too much in whole earth, the price is controlled by giant group to hold it steady. It's a joke that people think diamond means forever. You can rather buy gold. so, no need to buy diamonds, it's just a form of Carbon.

  3. This video leaves out how indigenous and other oppressed people were forced to mine for diamonds and other resources. before machinery.

  4. get wood, craft a wood pickaxe, mine some stone with daid pickaxe, make a stone pickaxe, mine iron with that pixkaxe and then find diamond

  5. Mining diamonds isn’t even good for the environment just use lab grown diamonds and maybe the economy will be more balanced than right now

  6. Start with the bang… 93 miles below ground… Excavating 2.5 billion year old rock… Is that all everything for simply worthless luxury showoff…

  7. hrm… i though diamond is only useful to be use as a drill to drill through ice in iceberg. I must be mistaken for some reason, better go charge up my diamond drill with drill charge!

  8. Science channel: how do they mine diamond?
    Me: they mine diamond with iron pickaxe but they fall into lava so they use water to turn lava into obsidian and then they mine the diamond and make diamond pickaxe,axe,sword,hoe, and shovel

  9. So u go out mining, go get some iron, smelt it, craft a pickaxe, go to y=11(i think), and go miiiiiiiiine diaaaaamaaaaaaaaands.

  10. Cubic zirconia has same look for pennies. Gold and diamonds are so overrated. Just like gold, stainless steel is much lighter, stronger and polishes more beautiful.

  11. Use a small polished bloodstone in your colon to improve your spirit vision. I know it does not sound pleasant but it works.

  12. It is said that diamonds were sold like tamatos in streets in India during reign of king Sri Krishna devarayulu. How come now these diamonds became so precious?

  13. Don't buy mined or blood diamonds. They destroyed lives and environment. Insist on buying cultured diamonds. Cheaper, better and even more real

  14. Kya daimond han agar edhr shop daimond ly kr k Dubai es shop ki dosri frenchize pr becho tu kitni katoti hogi or agar kahen or becho tu kitni China Searching

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