ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF DIAMOND MINING IN ANGOLA

10 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF DIAMOND MINING IN ANGOLA

Forests are disrupted when machinery uproots trees to make roadways to the mines.

In Angola, diamonds are the second leading export for the country behind oil,

In order for the machines and trucks to navigate, roads must be built, segregating the land.

10 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF DIAMOND MINING IN ANGOLA

Large sections of rock are removed by means of heavy machinery and hauled away to screening plants to search for diamonds.




Many rivers are diverted so that mines can be exposed and, although they can be returned to their natural state, they typically are left how they are

Of the two main methods of extracting diamonds (Kimberlite pipe mining and alluvial mining), pipe mining has the larger impact.

Oil and chemicals from the pipe mines seep into the ground and into the water supply

Pipe mining affects plants through the building of roads as well as other ways.

Soil deposits are also affecting the water quality as the land is being unearthed




The extraction of these gems causes harm to plants, water, and soil.

The water becomes clouded by sediment and in result drinking water for animals is polluted

Water quality is negatively affected by alluvial mining

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