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

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In the tradition of Sebastian' Junger's The Perfect Storm and Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, Barren Lands is the extraordinary tale of two small-time prospectors who risked their lives to discover $17 billion worth of diamonds in the desolate tundra of the far north.

In the late 1970's, two men set out on a twenty-year search for a North American gem mine, along a fabled pat
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Times
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Steve Walsh
Krajick paints a full spectrum view of the minerals industry as well as the lengths people will go to achieve their goals. Barren Lands is a prime example of what explorers, prospectors, and exploration geologists must endure to make that once-in-a-lifetime find. The book does a good job exposing the borderline insanity and life threatening risks that go into this profession. The beginning paints the backdrop exceptionally well, showing what such an isolated place does to a person; both physical ...more
Krajick fictionalizes to some degree the search for diamonds in the Barren Lands in the Canadian north. This is not a problem for me. It makes this book more readable. He gives details of events and conversations where he was not present and no one was keeping accurate records of any kind - they were mostly trying to stay alive.

I found the factual passages regarding the geology of finding diamonds a bit tedious but even so I read them with some interest. The last half of the book I could hardly
Makes want to switch from soft sed to hard rock.
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