Barren Lands: An Epic Search For Diamonds in the North American Artic

In the late 1970s, two men set out on what would prove to be a twenty year quest to find a North American gem mine, along a fabled path that had defied sixteenth century explorers, Wild West fortune seekers, and modern geologists They are an unlikely pair Chuck Fipke, a ragged fanatical prospector with a singular talent for finding sand size mineral grains, and Stew BlusIn the late 1970s, two men set out on what would prove to be a twenty year quest to find a North American gem mine, along a fabled path that had defied sixteenth century explorers, Wild West fortune seekers, and modern geologists They are an unlikely pair Chuck Fipke, a ragged fanatical prospector with a singular talent for finding sand size mineral grains, and Stew Blusson, an ultra tough geologist and helicopter pilot Inventive, eccentric, and ruthless, they follow a trail of clues left by predecessors and a few actual gems all the way from backwoods Arkansas up the glaciated high Rockies into the vast and haunted barren lands of northern Canada With a South African geochemist s secret weapon, Fipke and Blusson outwit rivals, including the immense De Beers cartel, and make one of the world s greatest diamond discoveries setting off a stampede unseen since the Klondike gold rush Barren Lands offers an unforgettable journey for those who, in the words of a nineteenth century trapper, want to see that country before it is all gone.
Barren Lands An Epic Search For Diamonds in the North American Artic In the late s two men set out on what would prove to be a twenty year quest to find a North American gem mine along a fabled path that had defied sixteenth century explorers Wild West fortune s

  • Title: Barren Lands: An Epic Search For Diamonds in the North American Artic
  • Author: Kevin Krajick
  • ISBN: 9780805071856
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Barren Lands: An Epic Search For Diamonds in the North American Artic”

    1. Ok, I don't read many nonfiction books. But when I heard about diamond mining in Canada I was interested so I looked up books on . There were only 3 books about it. Barren Lands got he best reviews so I picked it up. Kevin gives you an entire history about searching for riches in North America. He was witty and funny and gives you a great feel for what it was like not only now, but 200 years ago. This is a long book, and I took a couple of breaks from it to get in some light reading, but I would [...]

    2. One of the best books I have ever read! Really. I loved it! It goes so well with the Bre-X, and Voisey Bay book, that you might want to read all three in a row. Tells of the 20 years journey to find the first Canadian Diamond Mines - Ekati/Diavik NWT, (made somewhat common knowledge by the show Ice-Road Truckers). Tells the amazing story of Chuck Fipke and Stew Blusson and their obsessive search for the tiny grains of indicator minerals that literally lead them over the entire North American Con [...]

    3. Diamonds! Canada! Ice! You would think that this book was about the 1880's and not the 1980's, being a book about a great rush for a really valuable commodity. But, it is about some huge diamond discoveries in Canada in the late 1980's - 1990's. I sort of remember this when I started studying geology (1990), as there were lots of term papers being written about kimberlites (the diamond-bearing rocks)in Canada (I also wrote a short paper on kimberlites (non-Canadian, eh) at the time). But, I don' [...]

    4. This is an exciting book of science journalism about real-life adventure seekers. It starts as a history of diamond exploration in North America, which is a story of of adventure, danger,and deceit dating back to the gold rush. It the focuses on two odd geologists, Chuck and Stew, who've spent their entire careers mired in the the adventure, danger, and deceit that led to the final discovery of diamond mines in the Barren Lands of Canada.

    5. I got this book because I am a geologist and thought it would be interesting. It was such a good read! The book moved much faster than I thought it would and the history aspect of mining for diamonds was well done, lots of info but not too much. Non-geologists would enjoy it too!

    6. The story of the race to find Canadian diamonds. Sounds like it might be dry, but as turns out, this was a pretty exciting story. If you ever watch that "Ice Road Truckers" show, think of the FIRST people to attempt to travel in the desolate Canadian arctic on a large scale.

    7. En svepande berättelse om diamantfeber i norr. Läsaren får en historik om sökandet efter diamanter som sedan fokuserar på hur besatta geologer får upp spåret efter diamanter i Nordamerika. Det stora fyndet sker i Kanada långt ovan polcirkeln efter ett letande på över tio år. Från ingenting har Kanada sedan blivit världens tredje största exportör av diamanter. Bokens stora behållning är porträtten av människor som tar sig an enorma utmaningar som sträcker sig över hela livsti [...]

    8. Rating: "A" -- the obsession, hard work, heartbreak and good luck required to make a multi-billion dollar discovery. Highly recommended.My review:amazon/gp/customer-re

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