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Oranjemund - private diamond city
Owned by De Beers, the global diamond cartel. Population of 11,000, but inaccessible to outsiders.
Comments

From: tedder
Tue Nov 15 16:04:54 -0800 2005
This is an interesting and disturbing place. Basically, the diamonds are sitting at or near the beach. De Beers builds dikes a couple hundred yards out into the ocean, skims off the sand, then laborers literally sweep up the diamonds.

Here's a picture. Note the 'real' littoral zone is further inland, the waves are crashing against the dike.
[img]http://www.geo.auth.gr/106/1_elements/diamond_mine_2.jpg[/img]

Here's an official government site (so it is pretty skewed):
http://www.namdeb.com/operations/opsDiamondArea1.asp
 



 


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