Searching for new crown jewels in the high Arctic
On Governor General David Johnson's final official visit to England he presented the Queen with a brooch adorned with spectacular Canadian sapphires. The sapphires came from a deposit on Baffin Island discovered in 2002, which is the only known source of sapphires in our country.
Geologists from UBC hope to change that. Dr. Lee Groat, a professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia and his colleagues have identified the specific geological conditions — the recipe, in effect — for the gorgeous jewels. They hope this will help identify more potential deposits in the future.