Researchers from GEUS, the Danish geological authority, investigated the Greenlandic seabed for diamonds in September, reports a number of Danish media, which quotes the Danish news agency Ritzau.
Greenland, which is the world’s largest island, is rich in natural resources such as oil, gas, seagulls, diamonds, uranium and zinc.
The current researchers came from both Denmark and Greenland, and conducted studies on the roads of the mining giant De Beers for an eight-day period. It appears in a report from the Greenlandic government, where the environmental risk of the study was reviewed, writes Danish TV 2.
“GEUS conducted a survey for De Beers in September,” said a spokesman for the Geological Survey.
The investigations must have taken place in an area south of Sisimiut and north of Nuuk, according to the Greenlandic broadcast KNR. The result of the study has not yet been published.
Diamonds have previously been found on land in western Greenland, according to TV 2.
De Beers dominates the world’s diamond market, and is also in the process of extracting diamonds from the seabed off the coast of Namibia.
President Donald Trump attracted international attention in August last year when he said that the United States would buy Greenland from Denmark. But it was rejected by both Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and by the self-governing authority in Greenland.
The president must have mentioned the rich conditions for natural resources and that the island is an important geopolitical area.
Large parts of the undiscovered mineral resources on Earth are found in the Arctic, while the police are melting and making polar regions increasingly accessible for transport routes and mineral extraction. Therefore, it will not be the strategic importance of controlling Greenland disappear immediately.
Stops oil exploration
With a population of around 56,000, Greenland is an autonomous part of Denmark. The island itself can decide most decisions that affect them domestically, while foreign policy is decided in Copenhagen.
In July, it became known that the Greenland government will stop all oil exploration. They described it as a natural step in the fight against climate change.
Oil has never been found in Greenland, but it is believed to be large deposits, and the authorities have previously had high hopes. From now on, however, no new exploration licenses will be issued, according to the government that took over in April, according to NTB.