Diavik, over the years

1995The landscape is essentially unaltered.

2000Buildings and roads begin to dot the area.

2005One pit is now visible and the complex has taken shape.

2010Mining is underway at a second pit

2015The beginnings of a third pit can be seen off the coast.

Diavik, in detail

These are the pits of the mine, built off an island in Lac de Gras. The largest one, named A154, is almost 1 km in diameter. The entire site is about 6.5 km (4 miles) long.

The processing facility is where rough diamonds are separated from extracted rock.

A154

A418

Processing Facility

Waste Pond

Waste Pile

Turbines

Airport

Detailed imagery courtesy DigitalGlobe, Low-resolution imagery created from Quartz’s analysis of data from Landsat 5 and 8.