Up until recently there were several misconceptions related to diamond mining in the United States. A major one among these was that there aren’t any diamonds in the Northern American continent and one has to only travel to Africa for these stones. Secondly, many believed that mining for diamonds is a tough process best left to companies and large corporations. However, all these myths and misconceptions are changing. More and more people are getting knowledgeable about mining for diamonds in the USA as the process continues to get easier.
Today, we will consider some top tips for mining for uncut diamonds.
- Tips for finding and cleaning diamonds
The best place to search and mine for diamonds is in locations where they have been found before. That being said, in the United States, the Eastern and Central zones are best areas and you need to naturally target the river basins in these regions. Diamonds were formed during the ice age when the kimberlite caused these precious stones millions of years ago. This kimberlite along with the stones was transported deeper into the river deltas thanks to the molten lava. Kimberlite is bluish grey in color and you will need to use sluice boxes to clean the diamonds.
Looking in uncommon places
Diamonds are also found in black sand, where panners usually only look for gold. However, many amateur miners have found quartz stones that do not look like normal quartz and these are actually rough diamonds. So, when you check your sluice boxes, do watch for diamonds apart from gold. Remember: stones will usually only be found at the end of the sluice boxes. An important tip to identify diamonds is that they will be waterproof as if they have been coated with a layer of Vaseline. You will also find diamonds in several colors including pink, bluish, grey and so on. Some diamonds also have a bit of kimberlite or stone attached to them.
Diamonds in anthills!
Diamonds have also been found in anthills and animal burrows and earth mounds. Even termites are actually miners’ best friends as they can go as deep as 225ft in the ground in search of water. In the process they can dig up plenty of stones and many of these are actually diamonds.
Environmental concerns of mining
Diamond mining done by big companies has severe environmental impact in the form of emissions and the World Environmental Agency is taking notice. Thankfully many companies are cleaning up their act now. Electric emissions are being reduced through the use of proper voltage drop formula as well as solar panels. Energy and carbon emission monitors are also being used for assessing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Major mining companies including BHP Billiton have used Energy Smart programs to save nearly 1 million liters of fuel per year since the start of the program. Amateur miners naturally do not contribute to too many environmental impacts but one needs to be careful about the location one is mining in especially taking care to clean up after and not harming the flora and fauna of the region.
We hope these mining tips help you succeed in this hobby!