Thirteen new sites with the promise of revealing large diamond deposits have been found in Western Yakutia and the Arctic territories of the region. Nikolai Pokhilenko, the supervisor of studies of the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported that the locations of those sites were marked on a sketch-map made by specialists of the Institute.
"We recently created a sketch-map of the territory of western Yakutia, including the Arctic territories, where we marked 13 promising areas of diamond deposits. The map contains coordinates and other important data. Also, we have approximately indicated the type and volume of necessary work to prepare these areas for reclamation," said Pokhilenko.
He clarified that the new deposits discovery work, which included the analysis of databases and the study of the geological characteristics of the territory of Yakutia, were carried out on the instructions of the "Rosgeologiya" group under a contract executed by the Institute of Geology and mineralogy of the SB RAS.
"Rosgeologiya has already positively assessed our work and asked us to inform them about expected resources of the marked sites. The approximate number of diamonds that can be found there is about 300 million carats," the supervisor of studies added.
ALROSA Company mines diamonds in Yakutia and Arkhangelsk region. The share of Russia in the global diamond mining is approximately 27%.