For most of recent history, it was thought that diamonds came only from tropical lands like India, southern Africa, and Brazil. But men had searched for them pretty much everywhere else, including Georgia, Kentucky, Colorado, and southern Canada. In the 1990s what seemed like a huge strike finally occurred in northern Canada, in harsh, cold terrain filled with bears and wolverines. Naturally, the scientists and fortune hunters that fill Krajick's account are eccentrics to a man, and their stories make for hugely entertaining reading along with the history of man's search for diamonds across the planet, historic scams, a little on the history of the indigenous peoples and early British explorers of the American arctic, and the geology and physics of diamond creation. It reads like the best of John MacPhee's geology tales, but with wilder characters.
This report prepared by David Loftus