ICE UNDER ICE: Antarctica May Have Hidden Diamond Fields - KMSP-TV

ICE UNDER ICE: Antarctica May Have Hidden Diamond Fields

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

The Antarctic can a lonely desolate place with a shiny bright exception, Diamonds. This excitement all started with the discovery of a certain type of rock known to produce diamonds on other continents such as Africa. Diamonds are usually transported from deep within the earth in a rock called kimberlite. This volcanic rock can carry diamonds to the surface once those diamonds have been produced in the extreme heat and pressure from deep within the earth.

DIAMOND IN A KIMBERLITE ROCK - GETTY IMAGES

However, before you grab your pic and parka and head north, keep in mind that only a small percentage of Kimberlite rock contains diamonds of high enough quality to mine. Also, as of now, mining minerals in Antarctica is forbidden by law, except in the case of scientific research. That law is up for review in 2041, so stay tuned, Arctic Ice could be the bling of the future.

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