Shhh, nature is trying to tell you something…
You just have to pay attention, and know what to look for.
Take the Pandanus candelabrum, for instance. Also known as the screw pine, this rare, palm-like plant grows on and near the coast of tropical and subtropical environments – like the islands in Polynesia and Micronesia.
Just recently, Stephen Haggerty, a researcher at Youssef Diamond Mining Company, discovered this plant could be a sign of buried treasure…
You see, after much research, Haggerty found that these plants seem to only grow on top of kimberlite pipes, columns of ancient volcanic rock that sometimes contain diamonds!
The material in these pipes originates deep in the Earth’s mantle and travels up to the surface. On its way up, kimberlite pipes can carry diamonds, which form far below the Earth’s crust.
You see, volcanic dirt is rich in nutrients, and the soil above these pipes contains all the minerals the Pandanus candelabrum loves.
Unfortunately, finding this plant isn’t a sure sign you’ll find diamonds that you can cash in on.
“Of the more than 6,000 known kimberlite pipes in the world, about 600 contain diamonds,” Haggerty told Science magazine. “Of these, only about 60 are rich enough in quality diamonds to be worth mining.”
Still, we can count on the screw pine to do the initial scouting work, which saves a huge amount of time and money.
“This could dramatically change the exploration dynamics for diamonds,” said Haggerty.