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A thorny, palm-like plant in West Africa has recently been identified as one of the best ways to identify columns of kimberlite pipes

A thorny, palm-like plant in West Africa has recently been identified as one of the best ways to identify columns of kimberlite pipes. These are vast columns of rock which extend deep into the earth’s core. These pipes emit eruptions that can rise faster than the speed of sound and can occasionally bring diamonds to the surface. For areas that have suffered greatly from the Ebola epidemic, these plants could make diamond hunting considerably easier.

The plant, named Pandanus candelabrum, is said to enjoy soil that is rich in kimberlite. Thriving on magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, the kimberlite soil is perfect for the Liberian plant. The species has been spotted at a number of kimberlite sites, but is rarely found elsewhere. By using geo-botany to indicate potential diamond spots, diamond hunters will be able to benefit from a more cost effective search method.

As experts in ethically sourced diamonds, Marlow’s Diamonds takes a keen interest in relevant industry news. A spokesperson for company commented on the use of these plants, saying: β€œThis species of plant could dramatically change the way that West African nations search for diamonds.

Many of these nations rely on diamond trade to support their economies. Using geo-botanical mapping is not only cost effective, but could reduce exploitive labour methods. For those looking to buy premium and ethically sourced diamond products, it is imperative to always search for a GIA or IGI certification.”

Marlow’s Diamondsare one of the UK’s leading certified diamond specialists and they take great pride in sourcing all diamonds with extreme care and due diligence. They only supply the highest quality diamonds and can cater to all budgets, tastes and occasions.

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