Beneath the white desert of Greenland, a ruby ​​mine unlike any other

2022-07-28 18:01:49 By : Mr. Joshua GU

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Davis Strait end.“If he had landed a meter too early, we would all have ended up in ice cubes in the sea,” a passenger says relaxed, before closing his anorak, putting on his cap and getting off the plane.Outside, the sky is so white that it seems to have slipped over the snow-covered city.Only a few colored houses, placed like matchboxes on the steep coast, break the monotony of the landscape.The only one, or rather the only one that braves the cold, is the statue of Hans Egede, a Danish Lutheran missionary who colonized Greenland in the 18th century, at the cost of forced conversions.Placed at the top of a hill, this one looks out to sea, proud and imperturbable, with a rounded chest and head held high.Regularly, Greenlanders who are annoyed to see the first Danish settler thus celebrated, spray him with red paint.The island, as vast as Western Europe, is still part of the Kingdom of Denmark, although it was granted greater autonomy in 2009.With its melting white desert and rich subsoil, some see Greenland as the Saudi Arabia of the ArcticThe day before, two geologists arrived from Norway accompanied by Vincent Pardieu, a French gemologist who has spent a good part of his life exploring ruby ​​deposits around the world.They go to Aappaluttoq, a mine that is unlike any other, due to its isolation and its location, a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle.It is one of only two operating in Greenland.Others may soon emerge in this fastest warming region in the world.The melting of permafrost, these soils frozen throughout the year, releases millions of tons of carbon dioxide and unbalances ecosystems, but also gives easier access to abundant and once inaccessible mineral resources, such as rare earths, nickel, copper or even cobalt.With its melting white desert and rich subsoil, some see Greenland as the Saudi Arabia of the Arctic.The Norwegian family business LNS is one of the few to have ventured there.A specialist in construction sites in the Arctic, where it digs tunnels, builds bridges and operates mines, it took control of the Aappaluttoq ruby ​​deposit in 2016, when its former partner, the Canadian True North Gems, went bankrupt."You'll see, the mine is worth the detour", promises Vincent Pardieu, his face devoured by a gray beard and diamond-shaped glasses, cut like diamonds.You have 79.69% of this article left to read.The following is for subscribers only.Playing the current World on another device.You can read Le Monde on one device at a timeThis message will be displayed on the other device.Because another person (or you) is reading Le Monde with this account on another device.You can only read Le Monde on one device at a time (computer, phone or tablet).How do I stop seeing this message?By clicking on "Continue reading here" and making sure that you are the only person to consult Le Monde with this account.What will happen if you continue reading here?This message will be displayed on the other device.The latter will remain 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