Diamond mine slag heaps

Diamond mine slag heaps

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diamond mine slag heaps. Diamond, the hardest known mineral, is a naturally occurring crystalline form of carbon that forms under great pressure. It is mined for its uses in industry and in jewellery. Large amounts of rock have to be excavated to obtain the diamonds, leading to slag heaps like those shown here. Photographed at the Kleinzee diamond mining town, the Northern Cape, South Africa.

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