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DIAMOND EXPLORATION – Very High Diamond Counts from the Tuktu Cluster

NUNAVUT - Vancouver-based DIAMONDS NORTH RESOURCES has announced a total of 607 diamonds recovered from a 107-kg sa...


NUNAVUT – Vancouver-based DIAMONDS NORTH RESOURCES has announced a total of 607 diamonds recovered from a 107-kg sample of the Tuktu-2 kimberlite, and 219 diamonds recovered from a 37.85-kg sample of the Tuktu-3 kimberlite. The Tuktu-2 and 3 kimberlites are immediately adjacent to the Tuktu-1 kimberlite on the 100%-owned Amaruk property in the Pelly Bay Diamond District, Nunavut. Samples were collected using a reverse circulation/percussion drill.

Tuktu-1, 2, 3 and 4 appear to form a kimberlite complex with a geophysical expression of approximately 5 ha. Other adjoining targets, not yet drill tested; expand the geophysical target to approximately 8 to 12 ha in size. A mini bulk sample program is being planned to further evaluate the economic potential of these bodies.

Tuktu-2 and Tuktu-3 have yielded nearly six diamonds per kilogram of kimberlite, comparable to initial results from some of the top producing kimberlites in Canada. In Tuktu-2, 98% of these diamonds are white, and more than 80% of the diamonds from Tuktu-3 are white. The majority of diamonds from both samples are clear octahedral forms.

President and CEO Mark Kolebaba states that the Tuktu cluster will be the company’s top priority for 2008. Find more information about Tuktu at www.diamondsnorthresources.com.


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