Africa s As diamond mines decline, Botswana searches for new way to shine

Botswana's discovery of its diamond wealth in the 1960s fueled dramatic economic and social gains. Now, the country is hoping to be equally successful in adapting to a near future in which the mines run dry.

Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor/File

On April 19, 1967, a 24-year-old South African geologist named Manfred Marx stepped out of a pit in a dusty stretch of central Botswana clutching a rock that would irreversibly alter the country’s future.

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