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Arctic diamond fever

In the life of a diamond, it has been a blink of an eye — the decade that has past since the discovery of the most precious of gems hidden in the ancient rock of the Canadian North. But in that time, this new find has created a frenzied revolution in the high-tech, high competition diamond industry. Now, Canadian diamonds make up almost 20% of new diamonds on the market — that number will only grow.

Geologist and newly-minted millionaire Chuck Fipke was the first to stake a claim in the north. Young maverick Eira Thomas, who was only 24 when she pulled a diamond up in a core sample, was not far behind. Now instead of being content with winning the equivalent of the geological lottery, these adventurous scientists are leading an ever-growing diamond fever across the Arctic. The North has become the undisputed future of diamonds.

On the solemnly beautiful Arctic barrens, now rise state-of-the-art mining facilities; while small Native communities and wild west outposts are turning into high-tech boomtowns. Against this eclectic backdrop, Canadian Geographic Presents catches diamond fever with Fipke and Thomas as they continue their search for the oldest, hardest and most storied gem in the world.

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