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ND state geologist expects diamond exploration
By By James Mac Pherson on January 03, 2013 Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus 0 Comments
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of miles from the frenzied drilling in North Dakota’s oil patch, an international mining company quietly sunk a hole in a bean field near St. Thomas in search of other riches buried below the prairie: diamonds.
The search came up empty according to a report published this week, but North Dakota’s state geologist said he expects others to take up the quest because of the potential payoff.
“Searching for diamonds is like searching for a needle in a haystack except that this is a very valuable needle,” state geologist Ed Murphy said. “That is why people are searching and will continue to search.”