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Algeria Discovers Giant Kimberlite Rock of Diamonds

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Geologists from the University of Bab Ezzouar in Algeria have struck the rock of wealth.
The Bab Ezzouar University Researchers, during their toils have managed to discover a giant kimberlite.

The Kimberlite happens to be a diamond source rock which contains rare and beautiful diamonds.

The Kimberlite is an igneous rock and a rare variant of peridotite. 

As it happens, the rock happens to be the main host matrix for diamonds.

The name Kimberlite is derived from Kimberley town of South Africa, where an 83.5-carat Diamond, weighing 17 grams christened Star of South Africa, was discovered in 1869.

Now, according to reports from Algiers, some of carats to be yielded from the Kimberlite could worth more than a million dollars.

The discovery was made near the town of Rafan in the middle of Erg Sheesh. Which is an almost uninhabited part of the greater Sahara Desert.

Geologists have been seeking this kimberlite for fifty years since the discovery of more than 1,500 small diamonds in the Rafan sands.

Algeria is the largest country in Africa and the Mediterranean.

Located in North Africa, the country is officially known as the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, bordering Tunisia to the Northeast, Libya to the East and Niger to the Southeast.

Algeria, considered to be a part of the Maghreb region of North Africa, also shares borders with Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco, in addition to the Mediterranean sea.