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Teen Finds Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas

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This Saturday, March 11, 2017, photo, provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism shows Kalel Langford holding a 7.44 carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. (Waymon Cox/Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism via AP)

By    |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 12:16 PM

A teen found a 7.44-caret diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park on March 11, the seventh largest diamond found there since 1972.

Kalel Langford, 14, said that he was walking along the southern portion of the park's diamond search area, near the East Drain, when he saw the dark brown diamond, KLRT-TV reported.

"It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size," Langford said, according to a statement from the park.

Park officials said in the statement that Langford's find was the largest at the park since Colorado resident Bobbie Oskarson found an 8.52-caret white diamond on June 24, 2015. The largest brown diamond ever found was 8.61 carats by Oklahoma native Betty Lamle in 1978, park officials said.

"Conditions were ideal for Kalel to find his diamond," state park interpreter Waymon Cox said in the statement. "About an inch of rain fell on the plowed search area during the week. A heavy rain can uncover larger diamonds near the surface. Diamonds have a metallic-looking shine and are often easier to spot on top of the ground.

"Kalel's diamond is about the size of a pinto bean, and it's very dark brown, similar to coffee. Overall, the gem has a frosted appearance and is shaped somewhat like a pillow or a kite," Cox continued.

Located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, the first diamond was found in the area of the park in 1906 and some 30,000 diamonds have been located at the Crater of Diamond State Park since it opened in 1972, according to National Geographic.

The park sits on the "pipe" of an old volcanic crater that covers a little more than 80 acres, according to National Geographic. Nearly 38 acres comprise of the park's diamond search area.

"This diamond is a truly extraordinary find," Cox said of Langsford's discovery in a statement. "It was Kalel's dream to visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and now he will always be part of this park's remarkable history. We are all very happy for him."

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