At 220 km from the Arctic Circle, flying over the north-west territories, it is impossible for passengers on a tourist flight not to see two huge chasms 150 meters deep on an islet in Lake Gras. At first glance they looked like they were caused by an explosion! Looking better …
In one of the most remote places in the world, 220 km from the Arctic Circle, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, under the waters of Lac de Gras, stands the Diavik Diamond Mine, what appeared to be two holes in the middle of a frozen lake they are actually Canada’s largest diamond mine.
Flying over the area, the view that appears before the eyes is frightening, with two deep chasms that come out of the water creating a unique spectacle.
Built in prohibitive atmospheric conditions with temperatures that reached 50 degrees below zero, whipped by freezing winds up to 100 km/h, from 2000 to today, the quarry has produced about 1400 kg of diamonds a year.
In 2015, a yellow diamond was found inside, as big as a chicken egg, 552 carats and of inestimable value.