Russia reveals shiny state secret: It's awash in diamonds

  • metta

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:25 PM GMT

    Russia reveals shiny state secret: It's awash in diamonds

    'Trillions of carats' lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

    "According to the official news agency, ITAR-Tass, the diamonds at Popigai are "twice as hard" as the usual gemstones, making them ideal for industrial and scientific uses."

    ""The resources of super-hard diamonds contained in rocks of the Popigai crypto-explosion structure, are by a factor of ten bigger than the world's all known reserves," Mr. Pokhilenko said. "We are speaking about trillions of carats. By comparison, present-day known reserves in Yakutia are estimated at one billion carats."



    http://news.yahoo.com/russia-reveals-shiny-state-secret-awash-diamonds-131212873.html
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    Sep 18, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Hopefully this will bring down the cost of polishing terrazzo.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 18, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Time to raid Russia for its abundant supply of diamondsicon_lol.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    the "hard" diamond deposits in Russia have been rumored 4 some time now. it is also rumored that there are huge deposits of gems and minerals in Afghanistan's mtns. unfortunately, the US will pull out, and China will most likely be the beneficiary thru her "non-interference" policy.

    "The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. "

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    I wonder how long it'll be before Russia makes a "terrorist attack" on the US so we can invade them for their diamonds.