Diamond Mines. How was it ever ok for us to make giant craters in the ground and leave them there?
Here’s some fun facts:
> 1750 tons of earth has to be extracted to find a 1.0ct rough diamond.
> 20 tons of mined waste is produced to make one Gold ring to hold that diamond. The earth mined ore is mixed with Cyanide, a known toxic poison, to dissolve the Gold or Silver from the ore, making the land and waterways around the mining area poisoned.
> The largest Australian diamond mine is as big as Japan.
> Some environment extremist think that if the open pit mines get any deeper we could tap into molten and knock the earth off its axis.
> The largest diamond mine in eastern Siberia (Mirny, to be exact) Russia is so deep that the surrounding “air zone… is closed for helicopters” after “a few accidents when they were ‘sucked in’ by downward airflow…”. In essence it has created its own atmosphere.