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Vol. 16, No. 22 Week of May 29, 2011
Providing coverage of Alaska and Northwest Canada's mineral industry


Mining News: Alaska diamonds enigma persists

New geological models speculate on potential source of Alaska’s off-craton carboniferous gems; Tintina Fault aids, complicates search

Shane Lasley

Mining News

Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint from Fortune Hunt Alaska, a magazine investigating the oil, gas and mineral potential in the “Last Frontier.” Fortune Hunt was published with the May 7, 2011 edition of Petroleum News and is available online at www.petroleumnews.com and www.mininnewsnorth.com. North of 60 Mining News dedicates this article to the memory of Don Lasley 09/30/1944 – 05/17/2011. Lasley discovered the first independently verified macro-diamond found in Alaska.

Setting aside the textbooks and adopting a new geological model may be the first requirement for the adventurous explorer seeking the source of alluvial diamonds found in Alaska. The precious gems have been found in the workings of placer gold mines in Interior Alaska and rumors of similar discover....

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