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Large diamond recovery from Gornoye alluvial deposit

Worth USD 174.5 thousand

Photo: Alrosa
Photo: Alrosa
Published by
Peter Höök - 31 May 2017

ALROSA, the world leader in diamond mining, announces the recovery of a large 60.32-carat rough diamond. According to experts, rough diamond costs about USD 174.5 thousand. Octahedron crystal, transparent with yellow hue, was recovered by dredge No. 203 within Mirny Mining and Processing Division, from Gornoye alluvial deposit.

Gornoye alluvial deposit was discovered in 1956. It is located on the left bank of Malaya Botuobiya river, 26 km south-east of Mirny. Apart from Gornoye placer deposit, Mirny Mining and Processing Division develops Mir and Internatsionalny underground mines, Vodorazdelnye Galechniki and Irelyakh placer deposits, and Tailings from Processing Plant No. 5 (technogenic deposit).

In 2016, Mirny Mining and Processing Division produced almost 7.8 million carats of rough diamonds ─ 21% of all rough diamonds mined by ALROSA Group.

Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat
Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat

Chinese control half of the Congo's cobalt