Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Diamond Mines, Northwest Territories, Canada

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Abstract

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

The frozen tundra of northern Canada might not be the first place you’d look for a diamond mine. Diamonds are created under intense heat and pressure, yet here they are being mined in a cold, icy region.

These mines are located about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Yellowknife and just 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of the Arctic Circle. The tundra here consists of boulder fields, wetlands, and over 8,000 lakes with interconnecting streams. The lakes are visible in the images as the numerous dark shapes.

The two diamond mines visible in these images are Ekati and Diavik, both located in Northwest Territories, Canada. Ekati is in the northern part of the images. Diavik is in the southern portion and extends into the lake in the series of images.

Most of the year, these mines are accessible only by air. An ice road is open for about 10 weeks of the year during winter. No other roads reach the mines.

 

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Diamond Mines, Northwest Territories, Canada
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country Canada
Other Geospatial Diavik Mine, Ekati Mine
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N