Sierra Leone

Sand Origin

River no 2 mouth, Sussex

Random Sand Fact

Artisanal or small-scale alluvial diamond mining is one of the main occupations in Sierra Leone.

Riverbank sand is hand-digged and sifted using hand-held sieves and pans in search for diamonds. It’s no longer the infamous bloody affair of civil war, but it’s still hard work.

Some diamonds are freed from bedrock by natural erosion to be found as alluvial diamonds in the sand of river beds, ocean floors, or along shorelines. About 14% of the world’s rough diamonds are sourced from sand. 

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