Antarctic diamonds could be plentiful after a research team discovered a kind of rock that frequently contains diamonds. While the Antarctic is cold and the climate is foreboding, even if someone wanted to withstand the elements and mine for these diamonds they couldn’t, according to Scientific America on Dec. 17.
The Antarctic diamonds are guarded under a no-mining clause which has banned mining for the next 50 years. If those sparkling diamonds are there in one of the coldest places on earth, they are protected and you won’t be seeing them at least for the next half of a century and maybe longer.
When you hear that someone has found gold or diamonds, you expect people to make their way to the area in droves in hopes of making their fortune. That’s just not going to be the case at the Antarctica.
There will be no diamond rush in the land were everything from penguins to seals are protected under treaties. The Antarctica is simply one big wildlife preserve. That means the mining ban would be almost impossible to have overturned.
What the researchers found was a rock called Kimberlite, it is a rare rock that almost always harbors diamonds. Kimberlite was named for the South African town of Kimberley, the place that was home to the 19th century diamond rush.