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USA Wonder: Crater of Diamond National Park
When we think of diamonds, we often think of exotic places outside of the USA. Still, as some of you might know, diamond mining does happen in the USA, and has for a long time. One specific area that is specifically beautiful and known for it's "finders keepers' policy is the Arkansas' Crater of Diamond State Park! This is the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. The park, in Arkansas, main area is a 37.5 acre field which used to be a diamond mining site before being converted into a state park in 1972. Diamonds are not the only thing you can find here!!! It seems like more than 40 types of rocks and minerals can found here, too. These rocks and minerals include lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite. If you're a rock lover, this is somewhere you want to go! The best part about this wonder is that everything there is finders keepers. While there is an entrance fee for the park, anything you find if yours to keep! More fun facts about the Crater of Diamonds: • The three colors of diamonds found at the park are white, brown and yellow. • 40 different types of rocks and minerals other than diamonds can also be found at the park. Other gems include amethyst, peridot and garnet. • The park says two diamonds a day are found on average. • The largest diamond ever found by a park visitor was a 16.37-carat diamond. Admission cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, campsites cost approximately $17-21 per night; rental equipment starts at $2.50 per bucket/shovel/knee pads Official website: http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/ Recent finds: http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/digging-for-diamonds/recent.aspx
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