Gaborone: Pangolin Diamonds said three new diamonds were recently discovered from soil samples at the Malatswae diamond project in Botswana.
It said one of the diamonds measured +2mm in all directions, clear and white in colour. Sixteen +0.5mm diamonds had now been discovered in soil samples within six zones at Malatswae.
The first zone had produced nine diamonds from soil samples and the current focus was within a 2 square kilometre grid where four of the nine diamonds and several other kimberlite indicators minerals were discovered. A new diamond was discovered in one of the samples done in zone two.
The second zone saw a total of 275 samples being collected on a 250m x 250m grid covering the entire area. Meanwhile, Pangolin said Botswana had experienced a most unusual heavy rain season.
“The wet conditions have adversely affected the soil sampling programme progress in terms of access to certain areas. The heavy rain has not affected processing of soil samples through the DMS plant and the detailed ground magnetics,” it said.