A kimberlite pipe has been discovered in northwestern Liberia, according to Incubex Minerals Chief Operating Officer Dr. John Bristow. South African-born geologist Steve Haggerty, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Exploration Officer of Youssef Diamond Mining Company (YDMC), has been credited with making the discovery, Bristow toldáMining Weekly Online in an interview.
The U.S.-funded YDMC has been working in the cratonic, highly prospective area of Liberia 's Camp Alpha region in Cape Mount County, which borders neighboring Sierra Leone, and is reportedly taking steps now to determine the pipe's economic evaluation.
The pipe, along with an associated kimberlite fissure system, may be the source of the diamonds that have supported a downstream alluvial artisanal diamond mining community for the past seven decades, the news source notes.
According to YDMC, the kimberlite pipe has a proven length of 438 meters and a width of up to 45 meters.