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Sample records for kimberlites

  1. Kimberlite Volcanism

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    Sparks, R. S. J.

    2013-05-01

    Kimberlite magmas are volatile-rich, silica-poor ultrabasic magmas originating as small-degree mantle melts at depths of 150 km or greater. Alteration and entrained xenoliths obscure their original magma chemistry and properties. Kimberlite magmas decrease temperature by a few hundred degrees during ascent. Changes of melt composition can result as a function of assimilation. Stalling of kimberlite can result in fractional crystallization, loss of xenocrysts, and loss of volatiles. Multiple pulses of kimberlite magmas form several distinct geological units in the same pipe or intrusion. Kimberlite pipes form by explosive disruption and deformation of country rocks. Confinement in a pipe introduces new processes such as fluidization, dynamic sintering, and intense mixing between volcanic jets and concentrated trapped mixtures. Occurrences of extravent and crater-fill lithofacies indicate that kimberlite eruptions generate eruptive products that are similar to those produced by common magma types. Alteration is largely attributed to hydrothermal systems, diagenesis, and weathering involving external water.

  2. Model of kimberlite formation

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    Kostrovitsky, Sergey; Fiveyskaya, Lyudmila

    2013-04-01

    The critical goals in recognizing the nature of kimberlites are to find out: (1) the primary composition of melt of these rocks and (2) the principal processes of evolution of primary composition of kimberlites while ascending from mantle depth towards earth surface. Suppose, that the primary composition of kimberlite melt-fluid was in fact the composition of asthenosphere melt geochemically being close to alkaline-basalt (Hi-µ) saturated with high CO2. The genetic relation of kimberlites with basaltoids is indicated by a spatial and temporal affinity of their formation (Carlson et al, 2006; Lehmann et al, 2010; Tappe et al, 2012), similarity of the pattern of incompatible elements distribution, presence of megacryst minerals in alkaline basaltoids, Pyr-Alm garnet included, and finally, model calculation of parent melt composition for low-Cr megacryst minerals; it showed this composition to be typical for the alkaline basaltoid (Jones, 1980). At the asthenosphere level there was differentiation of basaltoid melt-fluid which was responsible for formation of its different parts with varying melt to fluid ratio and possibly varying content of alkalis (K2O). The outbreak of asthenosphere substance through lithosphere mantle proceeded by different scenarios: (a) With a noticeable dominance of fluid component kimberlites were formed by the capture and contamination of high-Mg, high-Cr rocks of lithosphere mantle that caused formation of high-Mg kimberlites. That corresponds to model of Russell (2012). (b) With a considerable proportion of melt phase depending on saturation in fluid there formed magnesium-ferriferous and ferriferous-titaniferous petrochemical types of kimberlites. There is no doubt that in formation of these kimberlite types the contamination of lithosphere material was the case, at the much lower level than in formation of high-Mg kimberlites. This model logically explains steady differences of petrochemistry of kimberlites making up clusters of

  3. Kimberlite ascent and eruption.

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    Sparks, R S J; Brown, R J; Field, M; Gilbertson, M

    2007-12-13

    Wilson and Head model kimberlite ascent and eruption by considering the propagation of a volatile-rich dyke. Wilson and Head's model has features in common with Sparks et al., but it is inconsistent with geological observations and constraints on volatile solubility. Here we show that this may be due to erroneous physical assumptions. PMID:18075522

  4. The temporal evolution of North American kimberlites

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    Heaman, Larry M.; Kjarsgaard, Bruce A.; Creaser, Robert A.

    2004-09-01

    North American kimberlite magmatism spans a period of time in excess of 1 billion years from Mesoproterozoic kimberlites in the Lake Superior and James Bay Lowlands region of Ontario to Eocene kimberlites in the Lac de Gras field, N.W.T. Based on a compilation of more than 150 robust radiometric age determinations, several distinct kimberlite emplacement patterns are recognized. In general, the temporal pattern of kimberlite emplacement in North America can be broadly subdivided into five domains: (1) a Mesoproterozoic kimberlite province in central Ontario, (2) an Eocambrian/Cambrian Labrador Sea Province in northern Québec and Labrador, (3) an eastern Jurassic Province, (4) a central Cretaceous corridor and (5) a western mixed domain that includes two Type-3 kimberlite provinces (i.e. multiple periods of kimberlite emplacement preserved in the Slave and Wyoming cratons). For some provinces the origin of kimberlite magmatism can be linked to known mantle heat sources such as mantle plume hotspots and upwelling asthenosphere attendant with continental rifting. For example, the timing and location of Mesoproterozoic kimberlites in North America coincides with and slightly precedes the timing of 1.1 Ga intracontinental rifting that culminated in the Midcontinent Rift centered in the Lake Superior region. Many of the kimberlites in the Eocambrian/Cambrian Labrador Sea province were emplaced soon after the opening of the Iapetus Ocean at about 615 Ma and may also be linked to mantle upwelling associated with continental rifting. The eastern Jurassic kimberlites record an age progression where magmatism youngs in a southeast direction from the ˜200 Ma Rankin Inlet kimberlites to the 155-126 Ma Timiskaming kimberlites. The location of several kimberlite fields and clusters in Ontario and Québec lie along a continental extension of the Great Meteor hotspot track and represents one of the best examples in the world of kimberlite magmatism triggered by mantle plumes. The

  5. Kimberlite emplacement record in diamond morphology

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    Fedortchouk, Y.; Chinn, I.

    2015-12-01

    Diamond resorption morphology reflects conditions and events in the host kimberlite magma and in diamond sources in subcratonic mantle. Recent experimental studies on diamond dissolution enable us now to use surface features of diamonds to examine magmatic fluid in kimberlites. This study uses optical and scanning electron microscopy examination of ~750 macro-diamonds from two kimberlites in Orapa cluster, Botswana. Kimberlite A is a simple body filled with coherent kimberlite facies (CK); kimberlite B is a complex body with two facies of coherent kimberlite and a massive volcaniclastic kimberlite facies (MVK). Distinction between kimberlite-induced and mantle-derived resorption was based on: the type of the most abundant resorption style, morphology of crystals with attached kimberlite fragments, and the study of pseudohemimorphic diamonds. Kimberlite-induced resorption is the focus of this work. The three facies in the pipe B show three contrasting diamond resorption types. Resorption in MVK facies leads to glossy rounded surfaces with fine striation and hillocks, and is identical to the resorption style in CK facies of pipe A. This type of resorption is typical for volcaniclastic facies and indicates emplacement in the presence of abundant COH fluid with high H2O:CO2 ratio (>50mol% of H2O). We propose that pipe A is a root zone supplying material to a larger kimberlite body filled with VK. The two CK in pipe B have very different resorption style. One forms similar glossy surfaces but with regular small cavities of rounded outline, while the other seems more corrosive and develops extremely rough features and deep cavities. Comparison to the experimental data suggests that the former had almost pure H2O fluid at low pressure (where solubility of SiO2 is low). The later CK facies was emplaced in the absence or very low abundance of a free fluid, and possibly in melt closer to carbonatitic composition.

  6. Kimberlites of the Man craton, West Africa

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    Skinner, E. M. W.; Apter, D. B.; Morelli, C.; Smithson, N. K.

    2004-09-01

    The Man craton in West Africa is an Archaean craton formerly joined to the Guyana craton (South America) that was rifted apart in the Mesozoic. Kimberlites of the Man craton include three Jurassic-aged clusters in Guinea, two Jurassic-aged clusters in Sierra Leone, and in Liberia two clusters of unknown age and one Neoproterozoic cluster recently dated at ˜800 Ma. All of the kimberlites irrespective of age occur as small pipes and prolific dykes. Some of the Banankoro cluster pipes in Guinea, the Koidu pipes in Sierra Leone and small pipes in the Weasua cluster in Liberia contain hypabyssal-facies kimberlite and remnants of the so-called transitional-facies and diatreme-facies kimberlite. Most of the Man craton kimberlites are mineralogically classified as phlogopite kimberlites, although potassium contents are relatively low. They are chemically similar to mica-poor Group 1A Southern African examples. The Jurassic kimberlites are considered to represent one province of kimberlites that track from older bodies in Guinea (Droujba 153 Ma) to progressively younger kimberlites in Sierra Leone (Koidu, 146 Ma and Tongo, 140 Ma). The scarcity of diatreme-facies kimberlites relative to hypabyssal-facies kimberlites and the presence of the so-called transitional-facies indicate that the pipes have been eroded down to the interface between the root and diatreme zones. From this observation, it is concluded that extensive erosion (1-2 km) has occurred since the Jurassic. In addition to erosion, the presence of abundant early crystallizing phlogopite is considered to have had an effect on the relatively small sizes of the Man craton kimberlites.

  7. The Igwisi Hills extrusive 'kimberlites'

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    Reid, A. M.; Donaldson, C. H.; Dawson, J. B.; Brown, R. W.; Ridley, W. I.

    1975-01-01

    The petrography and mineral chemistry of volcanic rocks from the Igwisi Hills in Tanzania are discussed. There is considerable evidence to suggest that the Igwisi rocks are extrusive kimberlites: a two-component nature with high P-T minerals in a low P-T matrix; the presence of chrome pyrope, Al enstatite, chrome diopside, chromite and olivine; a highly oxidized, volatile-rich matrix with serpentine, calcite, magnetite, perovskite; high Sr, Zr, and Nb contents; occurrence in a narrow isolated vent within a stable shield area. The Igwisi rocks differ from kimberlite in the lack of magnesian ilmenite, the scarcity of matrix phlogopite, and the overall low alkali content. They apparently contain material from phlogopite-bearing garnet peridotites with a primary mineral assemblage indicative of equilibrium at upper mantle temperatures and pressures. This primary assemblage was brought rapidly to the surface in a gas-charged, carbonate-rich fluid. Rapid upward transport, extrusion, and rapid cooling have tended to prevent reaction between inclusions and the carbonate-rich matrix that might otherwise have yielded a more typical kimberlite.

  8. The Pimenta Bueno kimberlite field, Rondônia, Brazil: Tuffisitic kimberlite and transitional textures

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    Masun, K. M.; Scott Smith, B. H.

    2008-06-01

    The Pimenta Bueno kimberlite field of Rondônia State, Brazil is located near the edge of the Amazon Craton and contains more than thirty bodies. A late to mid-Triassic emplacement age has been obtained for two kimberlites. The Pimenta Bueno kimberlite field includes pipes of up to 15 ha and a few apparently flat-lying hypabyssal kimberlite sills. In the three pipes and one sill examined, three textural end member types of kimberlite are recognized: hypabyssal kimberlite (HK), tuffisitic kimberlite (TK), and resedimented volcaniclastic kimberlite (RVK). There are gradations in textures between the three types. The overall gradation with depth is VKB, VK, TK, TKt, HKt to HK (where "t" denotes transitional varieties), and the textural gradations are apparent at all scales, megascopically to microscopically. Importantly, these gradations appear to occur within single phases of kimberlite. TK and the associated transitional varieties observed in the Pimenta Bueno field have striking similarities to those of many kimberlites of southern Africa and Canada. The Pimenta Bueno kimberlite field thus represents a newly recognized example of southern-African-style kimberlite pipes occurring on a third continent. The TK-bearing pipes of Pimenta Bueno, southern Africa, and Canada are markedly different from those found in the Canadian Prairies and Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories, which indicates that pipes containing TK and related textures are repeated in space and time but only form in certain circumstances. There is an apparent correlation between kimberlite texture and pipe size. In the larger pipes (> 5 ha), the TK is overlain by VKB. In the small pipes (< 3 ha) there is a textural gradation with depth from TK to HK and VKB is not present. One TKt-HKt transition appears to be ~ 60 m thick. The nature of the TK-TKt-HKt-HK textural transition suggests that TK developed by the textural modification of magmatic kimberlite within the pipe. The textures may reflect increased

  9. Duration and periodicity of kimberlite volcanic activity in the Lac de Gras kimberlite field, Canada and some recommendations for kimberlite geochronology

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    Sarkar, Chiranjeeb; Heaman, Larry M.; Pearson, D. G.

    2015-03-01

    Establishing the emplacement ages and distribution pattern of Central Slave kimberlites has played a key role in diamond exploration within the Lac de Gras kimberlite field. Nonetheless, emplacement age information is lacking for approximately 80% of the known kimberlites in this field making the assessment of emplacement age patterns difficult. This study expands the number and geographic coverage of kimberlite emplacement ages within the Lac de Gras field to re-assess the absolute timing, duration, and possible number of pulses of kimberlite eruption. U-Pb perovskite ages for eight previously undated kimberlites and an additional thirteen kimberlites, which were previously dated by either the Rb-Sr or U-Pb methods, fall within the age range of 75-45 Ma, as previously suggested for kimberlite magmatism in this area. We report the first Carboniferous age kimberlite in the Central Lac de Gras field - the Eddie kimberlite - with a U-Pb perovskite age of 321.0 ± 3.0 Ma. A compilation of 57 kimberlite emplacement ages from the central Lac de Gras field was evaluated using probability density and mixture modeling methods. Five short-duration (4-5 Ma) periods of kimberlite magmatism are recognized at 48, 54, 61, 66 and 72 Ma; the three younger pulses have been previously recognized and remain relatively unchanged. The 54 Ma pulse represents the major kimberlite eruption event containing ~ 40% of the currently dated kimberlites in Lac de Gras field. A detailed evaluation of the temporal-spatial evolution of Lac de Gras kimberlites reveals that the oldest diamond-poor kimberlites (75-60 Ma) were emplaced in the northern and eastern parts of the field whereas the younger (55-48 Ma) economic kimberlites are concentrated in the center of the field.

  10. Blueball, a new kimberlite from Arkansas

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    Salpas, P.A.; Taylor, L.A.; Shervais, J.W.

    1985-01-01

    Kimberlites provide direct observation of the upper-mantle/lower-crust by their constituent minerals and inclusions. Blueball is a previously unreported kimberlite from Scott County, Arkansas. It is unrelated to the Murfreesboro kimberlite and is composed of phenocrysts of phlogopite and olivine (serpentinized), along with spinels, in a ground mass of calcite and phlogopite, with minor perovskite and apatite. Phlogopites are compositionally homogeneous, often with euhedral spinel inclusions, and occur as embayed and corroded laths (2 mm). Si+Al are insufficient to fill tetrahedral sites. Reverse pleochroism suggests that Fe/sup 3 +/ or Ti may occupy the remaining tetrahedral sites, similar to other kimberlitic phlogopites. Besides inclusions, spinel also occurs as discrete, anhedral grains with skeletal and atoll habits. Compositions of the two occurrences are the same. These have Mg-Al-chr cores and Mg-Al-mt rims (2-5 um). Based on mineral compositions, as well as whole-rock REE data, Blueball is a true kimberlite. Blueball minerals are compositionally similar to those from kimberlites occurring in other stable cratons (e.g., South Africa); they are dissimilar from those in kimberlites at plate margins (e.g., the Appalachians) indicating heterogeneity in the mantle underlying different tectonic regimes.

  11. Constraints on kimberlite ascent mechanisms revealed by phlogopite compositions in kimberlites and mantle xenoliths

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    Giuliani, Andrea; Phillips, David; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Goemann, Karsten

    2016-01-01

    Kimberlite magmas are of economic and scientific importance because they represent the major host to diamonds and are probably the deepest magmas from continental regions. In addition, kimberlite magmas transport abundant mantle and crustal xenoliths, thus providing fundamental information on the composition of the sub-continental lithosphere. Despite their importance, the composition and ascent mechanism(s) of kimberlite melts remain poorly constrained. Phlogopite is one of the few minerals that preserves a history of fluid migration and magmatism in the mantle and crust and is therefore an invaluable petrogenetic indicator of kimberlite magma evolution. Here we present major and trace element compositional data for phlogopite from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa; i.e. the kimberlite type-locality) and from entrained mantle xenoliths. Phlogopite macrocrysts (~ > 0.3-0.5 mm) and microcrysts (between ~ 0.1 and 0.3 mm) in the Bultfontein kimberlite display concentric compositional zoning patterns. The cores of these phlogopite grains exhibit compositions typical of phlogopite contained in peridotite mantle xenoliths. However, the rims of some grains show compositions analogous to kimberlite groundmass phlogopite (i.e. high Ti, Al and Ba; low Cr), whereas other rims and intermediate zones (between cores and rims) exhibit unusually elevated Cr and lower Al and Ba concentrations. The latter compositions are indistinguishable from matrix phlogopite in polymict breccia xenoliths (considered to represent failed kimberlite intrusions) and from Ti-rich overgrowth rims on phlogopite in other mantle xenoliths. Consequently, it is likely that these phlogopite grains crystallized from kimberlite melts and that the high Ti-Cr zones originated from earlier kimberlite melts at mantle depths. We postulate that successive pulses of ascending kimberlite magma progressively metasomatised the conduit along which later kimberlite pulses ascended, producing

  12. Salts in southern Yakutian kimberlites and the problem of primary alkali kimberlite melts

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    Kopylova, M. G.; Kostrovitsky, S. I.; Egorov, K. N.

    2013-04-01

    Alkali carbonates, sodalite, gypsum, anhydrite, halite and sylvite are present in the groundmass and matrix of many kimberlites in the southern part of the Yakutian kimberlite province. The kimberlites were emplaced through 2 km-thick evaporite-bearing carbonate sediments saturated with brines. In the global context, southern Yakutian kimberlites are unprecedented in the amount of the crustal carbonate and evaporite material included in the pipes, as evidenced by the bulk major element chemistry and isotopic compositions of Sr, C, O, Cl and S. We present geological and hydrogeological data on country rocks and kimberlites of the Udachnaya, Mir and International'naya pipes. The secondary, crustal origin of Na, K, Cl and S-rich minerals is supported by the following: 1. A regional correlation between the geology and hydrogeology of the local country rocks and the kimberlite mineralogy, in particular the difference between southern and northern Yakutian kimberlites; 2. A restriction of halite or gypsum mineralization in the Mir and International'naya pipes to depths where pipes intersect country rock strata with similar mineralogy; 3. The localization of the highest abundances of Nasbnd Ksbnd Clsbnd S-bearing minerals in the Udachnaya East kimberlite at a depth interval that correlates across three magmatic phases of kimberlites and coincides with the roof of the halite-bearing country rock and an aquifer carrying anomalously Na-rich brines; 4. The presence of evaporite xenoliths and veins of halite, gypsum and carbonate cutting through the kimberlite and xenoliths; 5. A secondary origin of halite and alkali carbonates as observed in their textural relationships to serpentine and other groundmass minerals; 6. The geochemical and isotopic evidence for crustal contamination. Addition of crustal salts to kimberlite melt began prior to the volcanic fragmentation as a result of preferential melting and assimilation of evaporite xenoliths and may have continued in

  13. Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy.

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    Russell, James K; Porritt, Lucy A; Lavallée, Yan; Dingwell, Donald B

    2012-01-19

    Kimberlite magmas have the deepest origin of all terrestrial magmas and are exclusively associated with cratons. During ascent, they travel through about 150 kilometres of cratonic mantle lithosphere and entrain seemingly prohibitive loads (more than 25 per cent by volume) of mantle-derived xenoliths and xenocrysts (including diamond). Kimberlite magmas also reputedly have higher ascent rates than other xenolith-bearing magmas. Exsolution of dissolved volatiles (carbon dioxide and water) is thought to be essential to provide sufficient buoyancy for the rapid ascent of these dense, crystal-rich magmas. The cause and nature of such exsolution, however, remains elusive and is rarely specified. Here we use a series of high-temperature experiments to demonstrate a mechanism for the spontaneous, efficient and continuous production of this volatile phase. This mechanism requires parental melts of kimberlite to originate as carbonatite-like melts. In transit through the mantle lithosphere, these silica-undersaturated melts assimilate mantle minerals, especially orthopyroxene, driving the melt to more silicic compositions, and causing a marked drop in carbon dioxide solubility. The solubility drop manifests itself immediately in a continuous and vigorous exsolution of a fluid phase, thereby reducing magma density, increasing buoyancy, and driving the rapid and accelerating ascent of the increasingly kimberlitic magma. Our model provides an explanation for continuous ascent of magmas laden with high volumes of dense mantle cargo, an explanation for the chemical diversity of kimberlite, and a connection between kimberlites and cratons. PMID:22258614

  14. The timing of kimberlite magmatism in North America: implications for global kimberlite genesis and diamond exploration

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    Heaman, L. M.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.; Creaser, R. A.

    2003-12-01

    Based on a compilation of more than 100 kimberlite age determinations, four broad kimberlite emplacement patterns can be recognized in North America: (1) a northeast Eocambrian/Cambrian Labrador Sea province (Labrador, Québec), (2) an eastern Jurassic province (Ontario, Québec, New York, Pennsylvania), (3) a Cretaceous central corridor (Nunavut, Saskatchewan, central USA), and (4) a western mixed (Cambrian-Eocene) Type 3 kimberlite province (Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Colorado/Wyoming). Ten new U-Pb perovskite/mantle zircon and Rb-Sr phlogopite age determinations are reported here for kimberlites from the Slave and Wyoming cratons of western North America. Within the Type 3 Slave craton, at least four kimberlite age domains exist: I-a southwestern Siluro-Ordovician domain (˜450 Ma), II-a SE Cambrian domain (˜540 Ma), III-a central Tertiary/Cretaceous domain (48-74 Ma) and IV-a northern mixed domain consisting of Jurassic and Permian kimberlite fields. New U-Pb perovskite results for the 614.5±2.1 Ma Chicken Park and 408.4±2.6 Ma Iron Mountain kimberlites in the State Line field in Colorado and Wyoming confirm the existence of at least two periods of pre-Mesozoic kimberlite magmatism in the Wyoming craton. A compilation of robust kimberlite emplacement ages from North America, southern Africa and Russia indicates that a high proportion of known kimberlites are Cenozoic/Mesozoic. We conclude that a majority of these kimberlites were generated during enhanced mantle plume activity associated with the rifting and eventual breakup of the supercontinent Gondwanaland. Within this prolific period of kimberlite activity, there is a good correlation between North America and Yakutia for three distinct short-duration (˜10 my) periods of kimberlite magmatism at 48-60, 95-105 and 150-160 Ma. In contrast, Cenozoic/Mesozoic kimberlite magmatism in southern Africa is dominated by a continuum of activity between 70-95 and 105-120 Ma with additional less

  15. Kimberlite emplacement temperatures from conodont geothermometry

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    Pell, Jennifer; Russell, James K.; Zhang, Shunxin

    2015-02-01

    Kimberlites are mantle-derived ultramafic rocks preserved in volcanic and sub-volcanic edifices and are the main primary source of diamonds. The temperatures of formation, transport, eruption and deposition remain poorly constrained despite their importance for understanding the petrological and thermodynamic properties of kimberlite magmas and styles of volcanic eruption. Here, we present measured values of Colour Alteration Indices (CAI) for conodonts recovered from 76 Paleozoic carbonate xenoliths found within 11 pipes from the Chidliak kimberlite field on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The dataset comprises the largest range of CAI values (1.5 to 8) and the highest CAI values reported to date for kimberlite-hosted xenoliths. Thermal models for cooling of the Chidliak kimberlite pipes and synchronous heating of conodont-bearing xenoliths indicate time windows of 10-20 000 h and, for these short time windows, the measured CAI values indicate heating of the xenoliths to temperatures of 225 to >925 °C. We equate these temperatures with the minimum temperatures of the conduit-filling kimberlite deposit (i.e. emplacement temperature, TE). The majority of the xenoliths record CAI values of between 5 and 6.5 suggesting heating of xenoliths to temperatures of 460 °C-735 °C. The highest CAI values are consistent with being heated to 700 °C-925 °C and establish the minimum conditions for welding or formation of clastogenic kimberlite deposits. Lastly, we use TE variations within and between individual pipes, in conjunction with the geology of the conduit-filling deposits, to constrain the styles of explosive volcanic eruption.

  16. Paleoproterozoic Kimozero kimberlite (Karelian Craton): Geological setting and geochemical typing

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    Kargin, A. V.; Babarina, I. I.; Bogatikov, O. A.; Yutkina, E. V.; Kondrashov, I. A.

    2015-11-01

    Geological and structural mapping of Paleoproterozoic Kimozero kimberlite with account for lithological facies and geochemical specialization provides evidence for the multiphase structure of the kimberlite pipe, which underwent fragmentation as a result of shear-faulting deformations. Two geochemical types of kimberlite (magnesium and carbonate) are distinguished.

  17. The Kimberlites and related rocks of the Kuruman Kimberlite Province, Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa

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    Donnelly, Cara L.; Griffin, William L.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.; Pearson, Norman J.; Shee, Simon R.

    2011-03-01

    The Kuruman Kimberlite Province is comprised of 16 small pipes and dikes and contains some of the oldest known kimberlites (>1.6 Ga). In this study, 12 intrusions are subdivided into three groups with distinct petrology, age, and geochemical and isotopic compositions: (1) kimberlites with groundmass perovskites defining a Pb-Pb isochron age of 1787 ± 69 Ma, (2) orangeite with a U-Pb perovskite age of 124 ± 16 Ma, and (3) ultramafic lamprophyres (aillikite and mela-aillikite) with a zircon U-Pb age of 1642 ± 46 Ma. The magma type varies across the Province, with kimberlites in the east, lamprophyres in the west and orangeite and ultramafic lamprophyres to the south. Differences in the age and petrogenesis of the X007 orangeite and Clarksdale and Aalwynkop aillikites suggest that these intrusions are probably unrelated to the Kuruman Province. Kimberlite and orangeite whole-rock major and trace element compositions are similar to other South African localities. Compositionally, the aillikites typically lie off kimberlite and orangeite trends. Groundmass mineral chemistry of the kimberlites has some features more typical of orangeites. Kimberlite whole-rock Sr and Nd isotopes show zoning across the Province. When the kimberlites erupted at ~1.8 Ga, they sampled a core volume (ca 50 km across) of relatively depleted SCLM that was partially surrounded by a rim of more metasomatized mantle. This zonation may have been related to the development of the adjacent Kheis Belt (oldest rocks ~2.0 Ga), as weaker zones surrounding the more resistant core section of SCLM were more extensively metasomatized.

  18. Distinct kimberlite pipe classes with contrasting eruption processes

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    Skinner, E. M. W.; Marsh, J. S.

    2004-09-01

    Field and Scott Smith [Field, M., Scott Smith, B.H., 1999. Contrasting geology and near-surface emplacement of kimberlite pipes in southern Africa and Canada. Proc. 7th Int. Kimb. Conf. (Eds. Gurney et al.) 1, 214-237.] propose that kimberlite pipes can be grouped into three types or classes. Classical or Class 1 pipes are the only class with characteristic low temperature, diatreme-facies kimberlite in addition to hypabyssal- and crater-facies kimberlite. Class 2 and 3 pipes are characterized only by hypabyssal-and crater-facies kimberlite. In an increasing number of Class 1 pipes a new kimberlite facies, transitional-facies kimberlite, is being found. In most cases this facies forms a zone several metres wide at the interface between the hypabyssal- and diatreme-facies. The transitional-facies exhibits textural and mineralogical features, which are continuously gradational between the hypabyssal and the diatreme types. The textural gradations are from a coherent magmatic texture to one where the rock becomes increasingly magmaclastic and this is accompanied by concomitant mineralogical gradations involving the decline and eventual elimination of primary calcite at the expense of microlitic diopside. Both transitional- and diatreme-facies kimberlites are considered to have formed in situ from intruding hypabyssal kimberlite magma as a consequence of exsolution of initially CO 2-rich volatiles from the volatile-rich kimberlite magma. The transitional-facies is initiated by volatile exsolution at depths of about 3 km below the original surface. With subsequent cracking through to the surface and resultant rapid decompression, the further catastrophic exsolution of volatiles and their expansion leads to the formation of the diatreme facies. Thus diatreme-facies kimberlite and Class 1 pipes are emplaced by essentially magmatic processes rather than by phreatomagmatism. Distinctly different petrographic features characterize crater-facies kimberlite in each of the

  19. Sub-volcanic development of kimberlite pipes: Evidence from the Lace and Voorspoed (Group II) kimberlites, South Africa

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    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Skinner, E. Michael W.

    2013-12-01

    The Lace and Voorspoed kimberlites occur on the Kaapvaal Craton (South Africa), and form part of the Kroonstad Group II kimberlite (orangeite) cluster. The Lace kimberlite is composed of a main pipe and a satellite blind pipe, the latter of which does not reach the current land surface (~ 30 m below the current land surface), and is not observed connecting with the main pipe at depth. The main pipe increases in size from ~ 100 m to ~ 250 m in diameter at depth. The Voorspoed kimberlite pipe is the largest of the cluster and is dominantly infilled with massive layers (up to 200 m thick) of resedimented volcaniclastic kimberlite (RVK). Coherent kimberlite (CK), identified at all three pipes, is described here in order to constrain their formation.

  20. Fission track dating of kimberlitic zircons

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    Haggerty, S.E.; Raber, E.; Naeser, C.W.

    1983-01-01

    The only reliable method for dating kimberlites at present is the lengthy and specialized hydrothermal procedure that extracts 206Pb and 238U from low-uranium zircons. This paper describes a second successful method by fission track dating of large single-crystal zircons, 1.0-1.5 cm in dimension. The use of large crystals overcomes the limitations imposed in conventional fission track analysis which utilizes crushed fragments. Low track densities, optical track dispersion, and the random orientation of polished surfaces in the etch and irradiation cycle are effectively overcome. Fission track ages of zircons from five African kimberlites are reported, from the Kimberley Pool (90.3 ?? 6.5 m.y.), Orapa (87.4 ?? 5.7 and 92.4 ?? 6.1 m.y.), Nzega (51.1 ?? 3.8 m.y.), Koffiefontein (90.0 ?? 8.2 m.y.), and Val do Queve (133.4 ?? 11.5 m.y.). In addition we report the first radiometric ages (707.9 ?? 59.6 and 705.5 ?? 61.0 m.y.) of crustal zircons from kimberlites in northwest Liberia. The fission track ages agree well with earlier age estimates. Most of the zircons examined in this study are zoned with respect to uranium but linear correlations are established (by regression analysis) between zones of variable uranium content, and within zones of constant uranium content (by analysis of variance). Concordance between the fission track method and the U/Pb technique is established and we concluded that track fading from thermal annealing has not taken place. Kimberlitic zircons dated in this study, therefore, record the time of eruption. ?? 1983.

  1. On the geodynamic setting of kimberlite genesis

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    England, P.; Houseman, G.

    1984-01-01

    The emplacement of kimberlites in the North American and African continents since the early Palaeozoic appears to have occurred during periods of relatively slow motion of these continents. The distribution of kimberlites in time may reflect the global pattern of convection, which forces individual plates to move faster or slower at different times. Two-dimensional numerical experiments on a convecting layer with a moving upper boundary show two different regimes: in the first, when the upper boundary velocity is high, heat is transferred by the large-scale circulation and in the second, when the upper boundary velocity is lower, heat is predominantly transferred by thermal plumes rising from the lower boundary layer. For a reasonable mantle solidus, this second regime can give rise to partial melting beneath the moving plate, far from the plate boundaries. The transition between these modes takes place over a small range of plate velocities; for a Rayleigh number of 1,000,000 it occurs around 20 mm/yr. It is suggested that the generation of kimberlite magmas may result from thermal plumes incident on the base of a slowly moving plate.

  2. Geochemical Characteristics of Garnets from Tanzanian Kimberlites (Mwadui, Singida, Nyangwale, and Galamba kimberlites)

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    Mandl, Magdalena; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Konzett, Juergen; Jumanne, Richard; Gobba, John; Nguyen, Hoang

    2013-04-01

    More than 350 kimberlite pipes and clusters have been found in Tanzania up to date. Many of the occurrences are found in and around Shinyanga, northern Tanzania. They are characterised by the presence of crater deposits, suggesting that minimal erosion has taken place in this region since Neogene times (~50 Ma) when the kimberlites were emplaced. The kimberlites are typically found in Archean granitic basement and meta-sediments. The most prominent kimberlite pipe, the Mwadui kimberlite, which is mined for diamonds, is one of the worlds largest and measures ~146 ha at surface. Since only weathered crater deposits are exposed, no mantle xenoliths were found in the four visited / sampled kimberlite pipes: 1) Mwadui kimberlite, 2) Singida kimberlite, 3) Nyangwale kimberlite, 4) Galamba kimberlite. However, garnets could be sampled either in heavy mineral separates or as garnet megacrysts. These garnets have been studied using major, trace and rare earth element compositions in order to obtain information on the underlying upper mantle. Garnets from the Williamson diamond mine are cm sized megacrysts. All of these mantle garnet megacrysts are low Cr megacrysts in composition (group G1). The Cr2O3 values are low with 0.6-1.9 wt.%, TiO2 values are high with 0.5-1.2 wt.% and CaO ~4.7 wt.%. Only one megacryst from the Williamson Mine is harzburgitic (G10D diamond facies). The Cr2O3 values are also very low with 1.5 wt. % , TiO2 <0.04 wt.% and CaO ~2.4 wt.%. Garnets are depleted in LREE and enriched in HREE relative to a primitive mantle. Ni in garnet geothermometry for the harzburgitic megacryst shows a temperature of 1015°C. From the Singida kimberlite garnet grains of only a few mm could be recovered. Most of these garnet grains are eclogitic (G3) and low Cr megacrysts (G1), but there are also pyroxenitic (G4) and lherzolitic (G9) grains. The Cr2O3 content: G3= <0.1 wt.%, G1= 0.07-3 wt.%, G4= ~0.5 wt.% and G9= ~3.5 wt.%. TiO2: G3=<0.1 wt.%; G1= ~0.7 wt.%, G4= 0

  3. The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine

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    Brett, R. C.; Russell, J. K.; Andrews, G. D. M.; Jones, T. J.

    2015-08-01

    Olivine xenocrysts are ubiquitous in kimberlite deposits worldwide and derive from the disaggregation of mantle-derived peridotitic xenoliths. Here, we provide descriptions of textural features in xenocrystic olivine from kimberlite deposits at the Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada and at Igwisi Hills volcano, Tanzania. We establish a relative sequence of textural events recorded by olivine during magma ascent through the cratonic mantle lithosphere, including: xenolith disaggregation, decompression fracturing expressed as mineral- and fluid-inclusion-rich sealed and healed cracks, grain size and shape modification by chemical dissolution and abrasion, late-stage crystallization of overgrowths on olivine xenocrysts, and lastly, mechanical milling and rounding of the olivine cargo prior to emplacement. Ascent through the lithosphere operates as a "kimberlite factory" wherein progressive upward dyke propagation of the initial carbonatitic melt fractures the overlying mantle to entrain and disaggregate mantle xenoliths. Preferential assimilation of orthopyroxene (Opx) xenocrysts by the silica-undersaturated carbonatitic melt leads to deep-seated exsolution of CO2-rich fluid generating buoyancy and supporting rapid ascent. Concomitant dissolution of olivine produces irregular-shaped relict grains preserved as cores to most kimberlitic olivine. Multiple generations of decompression cracks in olivine provide evidence for a progression in ambient fluid compositions (e.g., from carbonatitic to silicic) during ascent. Numerical modelling predicts tensile failure of xenoliths (disaggregation) and olivine (cracks) over ascent distances of 2-7 km and 15-25 km, respectively, at velocities of 0.1 to >4 m s-1. Efficient assimilation of Opx during ascent results in a silica-enriched, olivine-saturated kimberlitic melt (i.e. SiO2 >20 wt.%) that crystallizes overgrowths on partially digested and abraded olivine xenocrysts. Olivine saturation is constrained to occur at pressures <1 GPa; an

  4. Detection of diamonds in kimberlite by the tagged neutron method

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    Alexakhin, V. Yu.; Bystritsky, V. M.; Zamyatin, N. I.; Zubarev, E. V.; Krasnoperov, A. V.; Rapatsky, V. L.; Rogov, Yu. N.; Sadovsky, A. B.; Salamatin, A. V.; Salmin, R. A.; Sapozhnikov, M. G.; Slepnev, V. M.; Khabarov, S. V.; Razinkov, E. A.; Tarasov, O. G.; Nikitin, G. M.

    2015-06-01

    A new technology for diamond detection in kimberlite based on the tagged neutron method is proposed. The results of experimental researches on irradiation of kimberlite samples with 14.1-MeV tagged neutrons are discussed. The source of the tagged neutron flux is a portable neutron generator with a built-in 64-pixel silicon alpha-detector with double-sided stripped readout. Characteristic gamma rays resulting from inelastic neutron scattering on nuclei of elements included in the composition of kimberlite are registered by six gamma-detectors based on BGO crystals. The criterion for diamond presence in kimberlite is an increased carbon concentration within a certain volume of the kimberlite sample.

  5. Oxygen isotope ratios in eclogites from kimberlites.

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    Garlick, G D; Macgregor, I D; Vogel, D E

    1971-06-01

    The oxygen isotope compositions (delta(18)O) of eclogitic xenoliths from the Roberts Victor kimberlite range from 2 to 8 per mil relative to SMOW (standard mean ocean water). This surprising variation appears to be due to fractional crystallization: the eclogites rich in oxygen-18 represent early crystal accumulates; the eclogites poor in oxygen-18 represent residual liquids. Crystal-melt partitioning probably exceeded 3 per mil and is interpreted to be pressure-dependent. Anomalous enrichment of oxygen-18 in cumulate eclogites relative to ultramafic xenoliths suggests that crystal-melt partitioning increased after melt-formation but prior to crystallization. PMID:17798552

  6. Spectroscopy of Moses Rock Kimberlite Diatreme

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    Pieters, C. M.; Mustard, J. F.

    1985-01-01

    Three types of remote sensing data (Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy (AIS), NS001, Zeiss IR-photographs) were obtained for the Moses Rock kimberlite dike in southern Utah. The goal is to identify and characterize the mantle derived mafic component in such volcanic features. The Zeiss and NS001 images provide information on the regional setting and allow units of the dike to be distinguished from surrounding material. A potential unmapped satellite dike was identified. The AIS data provide characterizing information of the surface composition of the dike. Serpentized olivine-bearing soils are (tentatively) identified from the AIS spectra for a few areas within the dike.

  7. Petrochemical types of kimberlites and their diamond-bearing capacity

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    Kostrovitsky, Sergey

    2010-05-01

    Kimberlite rocks of Yakutian province (belong to 1 group of kimberlites after Smith, 1983) are characterized by wide variations of rock-forming oxides [Ilupin et al., 1986; Milashev, 1965; Kharkiv et al., 1991]. A number of factors could be discussed to explain the variety of chemical compositions of rocks. The first factor, explaining the regional differences in the kimberlite composition with primarily different composition of source kimberlite melt-fluid, is conventionally called «primary». All other factors are connected with the secondary redistribution of chemical components of kimberlites. Irrespective of intensity of secondary factors, the primary composition of kimberlites varies broadly, which is noticeable in kimberlites of some provinces, kimberlites fields, pipe clusters and individual pipes. The petrochemical types are classified based on the contents of such oxides as FeO, TiO2 and K2O, being relatively inert in the secondary processes. In the Yakutian Province we have distinguished 5 petrochemical types of kimberlites (Kostrovitsky et al, 2007); with principal ones - high-Mg, magnesium-ferruginous (Mg-Fe) and ferruginous-titaniferous, their composition: < 6; 6-9; 8-15 % FeOtotal and < 1; 1-2.5; 1.5-5.0 % TiO2). Some petrochemical and mineralogical criteria of diamond-bearing capacity of kimberlites were identified some time before. The essence of petrochemical criterion consists of the inverse correlation dependence between the contents FeOtotal, TiO2 in kimberlite rocks and their diamond-bearing capacity (Milashev, 1965; Krivonos, 1998). The mineralogical criteria of diamond-bearing capacity infer presence of direct dependence of the rate of capacity on the content in kimberlites of low-Ca, high-Cr garnet and chrome spinellids with Cr2O3 > 62% and TiO2 < 0.5%, of dunite-harzburgite paragenesis (Sobolev, 1974; Meyer, 1968). The acquired results are applied to evaluate «efficiency» of criteria of diamond-bearing capacity exemplified by the

  8. Orthopyroxene survival in deep carbonatite melts: implications for kimberlites

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    Stone, Rebecca S.; Luth, Robert W.

    2016-07-01

    Kimberlites are rare diamond-bearing volcanic rocks that originate as melts in the Earth's mantle. The original composition of kimberlitic melt is poorly constrained because of mantle and crustal contamination, exsolution of volatiles during ascent, and pervasive alteration during and after emplacement. One recent model (Russell et al. in Nature 481(7381):352-356, 2012. doi: 10.1038/nature10740) proposes that kimberlite melts are initially carbonatitic and evolve to kimberlite during ascent through continuous assimilation of orthopyroxene and exsolution of CO2. In high-temperature, high-pressure experiments designed to test this model, assimilation of orthopyroxene commences between 2.5 and 3.5 GPa by a reaction in which orthopyroxene reacts with the melt to form olivine, clinopyroxene, and CO2. No assimilation occurs at 3.5 GPa and above. We propose that the clinopyroxene produced in this reaction can react with the melt at lower pressure in a second reaction that produces olivine, calcite, and CO2, which would explain the absence of clinopyroxene phenocrysts in kimberlites. These experiments do not confirm that assimilation of orthopyroxene for the entirety of kimberlite ascent takes place, but rather two reactions at lower pressures (<3.5 GPa) cause assimilation of orthopyroxene and then clinopyroxene, evolving carbonatitic melts to kimberlite and causing CO2 exsolution that drives rapid ascent.

  9. Eclogite xenoliths from Wajrakarur kimberlites, southern India

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    Patel, S. C.; Ravi, S.; Thakur, S. S.; Rao, T. K.; Subbarao, K. V.

    2006-09-01

    Mineralogical characteristics of eclogite xenoliths from three kimberlite pipes (KL2, P2 and P10) of the Proterozoic Wajrakarur kimberlite field of southern India have been studied. In a rare sample of enstatite eclogite from the KL2 pipe garnet contains microscopic triangular arrays of needles or blebs of omphacite, enstatite and rutile consistent with an origin by exsolution parallel to the isometric form {111}. Discrete omphacite grains in the sample contain exsolved needles or blebs of enstatite and garnet. Kyanite eclogites are abundant in the KL2 pipe which occasionally show a secondary ring of pure celsian around kyanite grains. Omphacite Na2O contents in the eclogites of the KL2 and P2 pipes are typically between 3 and 6 wt%, and garnet has widely variable composition with end member ranges of Prp22-81Grs0-47Alm10-30Sps0-1Adr0-5Uv0-3. Eclogites of the P10 pipe comprise chromian omphacite and garnet. Phase relations in the ACF projection exhibit systematic increase of the Ca-Tschermak’s component in omphacite from enstatite eclogite through biminerallic eclogite to kyanite eclogite. Garnet-clinopyroxene Fe-Mg geothermometry yields temperatures mostly in the range of 900-1100 °C. A formerly supersilicic nature of garnet in enstatite eclogite as inferred from exsolution mineralogy indicates minimum peak pressure of 5 GPa.

  10. Grade-tonnage and other models for diamond kimberlite pipes

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    Bliss, J.D.

    1992-01-01

    Grade-tonnage and other quantitative models help give reasonable answers to questions about diamond kimberlite pipes. Diamond kimberlite pipes are those diamondiferous kimberlite pipes that either have been worked or are expected to be worked for diamonds. These models are not applicable to kimberlite dikes and sills or to lamproite pipes. Diamond kimberlite pipes contain a median 26 million metric tons (mt); the median diamond grade is 0.25 carat/metric ton (ct/mt). Deposit-specific models suggest that the median of the average diamond size is 0.07 ct and the median percentage of diamonds that are industrial quality is 67 percent. The percentage of diamonds that are industrial quality can be predicted from deposit grade using a regression model (log[industrial diamonds (percent)]=1.9+0.2 log[grade (ct/mt)]). The largest diamond in a diamond kimberlite pipe can be predicted from deposit tonnage using a regression model (log[largest diamond (ct)]=-1.5+0.54 log[size (mt]). The median outcrop area of diamond pipes is 12 hectares (ha). Because the pipes have similar forms, the tonnage of the deposits can be predicted by the outcrop area (log[size (mt)]=6.5+1.0 log[outcrop area (ha)]). Once a kimberlite pipe is identified, the probability is approximately .005 that it can be worked for diamonds. If a newly discovered pipe is a member of a cluster that contains a known diamond kimberlite pipe, the probability that the new discovery can be mined for diamonds is 56 times that for a newly discovered kimberlite pipe in a cluster without a diamond kimberlite pipe. About 30 percent of pipes with worked residual caps at the surface will be worked at depth. Based on the number of discovered deposits and the area of stable craton rocks thought to be well explored in South Africa, about 10-5 diamond kimberlite pipes are present per square kilometer. If this density is applicable to the South American Precambrian Shield, more than 70 undiscovered kimberlite pipes are predicted to

  11. The Diamond Potential of the Tuwawi Kimberlite (Baffin Island, Nunavut).

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    Cross, J.; Kopylova, M.; Ritcey, D.; Kirkley, M.

    2009-05-01

    Baffin Island, underlain by Archean crust of the Rae craton with Paleoproterozoic reworking, is known to contain several kimberlites of possibly Cretaceous age. The most recent findings of kimberlite are located at the northwestern end of Baffin Island on the Brodeur Peninsula. The Tuwawi kimberlite, one in the cluster of 3 kimberlites, has an inverted cone shape. We studied drill core samples of kimberlite and mantle xenoliths from the Tuwawi kimberlite to constrain its diamond potential. Hypabyssal and volcaniclastic kimberlite types have been identified among available kimberlite core. Hypabyssal kimberlite is the predominant type in Tuwawi. The kimberlite consists of olivine macrocrysts set in a carbonate-serpentine groundmass with olivine microphenocrysts, phlogopite and spinel. Volcaniclastic kimberlite is characterized by the presence of 1) irregularly-shaped juvenile lapilli; 2) two semi-intermixed dark cryptocrystalline matrix materials; 3) olivine grains with a restricted size distribution and angular shapes. These features suggest mild sorting of the kimberlite, a possible incorporation of mud to the matrix, an epiclastic origin and formation in the crater facies. Peridotites and a garnet clinopyroxenite are found as xenoliths in the Tuwawi kimberlite. Peridotites include garnet lherzolite, garnet, spinel, and garnet-spinel harzburgites, and dunite. Both coarse and deformed (porphyroclastic and mosaic-porphyroclastic) textures are present within the peridotite xenoliths, and Cr- diopside from deformed xenoliths shows higher TiO2 (0.16 wt%) content than in coarse peridotites. Pyrope (Mg70-82) is present in all but one sample, whereas spinel occurs only in coarse peridotites and shows strong heterogeneity. It is controlled by random intra-grain compositional changes in FeO (from 13 to 16 wt%), MgO, Al2O3 and Cr2O3 (from 43 to 57 wt% ). Olivine and orthopyroxene in all xenoliths are very magnesian (Fo85-87 and En86-89), slightly more so in coarse

  12. Redox state of earth's upper mantle from kimberlitic ilmenites

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    Haggerty, S. E.; Tompkins, L. A.

    1983-01-01

    Temperatures and oxygen fugacities are reported on discrete ilmenite nodules in kimberlites from West Africa which demonstrate that the source region in the upper mantle is moderately oxidized, consistent with other nodule suites in kimberlites from southern Africa and the United States. A model is presented for a variety of tectonic settings, proposing that the upper mantle is profiled in redox potential, oxidized in the fertile asthenosphere but reduced in the depleted lithosphere.

  13. Petrogenesis of the Late Cretaceous northern Alberta kimberlite province

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    Eccles, D. Roy; Heaman, Larry M.; Luth, Robert W.; Creaser, Robert A.

    2004-09-01

    At present, 48 Late Cretaceous (ca. 70-88 Ma) kimberlitic pipes have been discovered in three separate areas of the northern Alberta: the Mountain Lake cluster, the Buffalo Head Hills field and the Birch Mountains field. The regions can be distinguished from one another by their non-archetypal kimberlite signature (Mountain Lake) or, in the case of kimberlite fields, primitive (Buffalo Head Hills) to evolved (Birch Mountains) magmatic signatures. The dominant process of magmatic differentiation is crystal fractionation and accumulation of olivine, which acts as the main criteria to distinguish between primitive and evolved Group I-type kimberlite fields in the northern Alberta. This is important from the viewpoint of diamond exploration because the majority (about 80%) of the more primitive Buffalo Head Hills kimberlites are diamondiferous, whereas the more evolved Birch Mountains pipes are barren of diamonds for the most part. Petrographically, the Buffalo Head Hills samples are distinct from the Birch Mountains samples in that they contain less carbonate, have a smaller modal abundance of late-stage minerals such as phlogopite and ilmenite, and have a higher amount of fresh, coarse macrocrystal (>0.5 mm) olivine. Consequently, samples from the Buffalo Head Hills have the highest values of MgO, Cr and Ni, and have chemistries similar to those of primitive hypabyssal kimberlite in the Northwest Territories. Based on whole-rock isotopic data, the Buffalo Head Hills K6 kimberlite has 87Sr/ 86Sr and ɛNd values similar to those of South African Group I kimberlites, whereas the Birch Mountains Legend and Phoenix kimberlites have similar ɛNd values (between 0 and +1.9), but distinctly higher 87Sr/ 86Sr values (0.7051-0.7063). The lack of whole-rock geochemical overlap between kimberlite and the freshest, least contaminated Mountain Lake South pipe rocks reflects significant mineralogical differences and Mountain Lake is similar geochemically to olivine alkali basalt

  14. Deep seated inclusions in kimberlites from Kharamai field and some kimberlite fields of Prianabarie.

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Kuligin, S. S.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Vladykin, N. V.; Kostrovitsky, S. I.; Lelyukh, M. I.; Vavilov, M. A.; Nigmatulina, E. N.; Palessky, S. V.

    2012-04-01

    The problem of the thickness of the lithospheric keel in the northern part of Yakutia is critical for the diamond grade. Reported delamination of the SCLM (Griffin et al., 2005)which is not supported by the geophysical methods (Koulakov et al ., 2011) was checked in number of localities in circum Anabar region. Pyropes, chrome-diopside, omphacites, enstatite, chromites and ilmenites from concentrate three kimberlitic pipes of the Kharamai field revealed compositional variations typical for thick SCLM: pyropes to 13% Of cr2O3 in the association with chromites (to 60% Of cr2O3.) low- Al - Cr diopsides and enstatite, omphacites, Cr-pargasite and K-Na richterite and picroilmenites (to 20% Of MgO). The pyropes belong to lherzolite filed (Sobolev et al., 1973) as those published only in the low-chromium part relate to Ca- Fe to pyroxenite magmatic trend (Tychkov et al., 2008) which is typical for the majority of Mesozoic (especially Jurassic) kimberlitic pipes in Prianabarie and other northern parts of Yakutia. Thermo-barometric reconstructions using four methods of monomineral thermobarometry reveal the thickness of lithospheric keel not less than 200 km which coinsides with the determined thickness of the SCLM beneath nearest Ary- Mastakh filed (Khardakh pipe). Straya Rechka and Kuranakh fields (Universitetskaya, Tudovaya , Los kimberlites etc). But the pipes in Evenkiyskaya kimberlite group (including Malysh and Tuzic pipes) carry material dominantly from the upper part of the SCLM, sub-calcium garnets are rare. Relatively high oxidation state, determined according to chromite, pyroxenes and pyropes are in accord with the rather low diamond grades. However some other Jurassic pipes in northern part of the Siberian craton reveal sufficiently deep mantle roots evidencing about lack of the delamination of mantle keel after Siberian PT superplume. The trace elements determined for the pyropes show variations and belong to the melt metasomatized groups I the middle and

  15. Basaltic Diatreme To Root Zone Volcanic Processes In Tuzo Kimberlite Pipe (Gahcho Kué Kimberlite Field, NWT, Canada)

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    Seghedi, I.; Kurszlaukis, S.; Maicher, D.

    2009-05-01

    Tuzo pipe is infilled by a series of coherent and fragmental kimberlite facies types typical for a diatreme to root zone transition level. Coherent or transitional coherent kimberlite facies dominate at depth, but also occur at shallow levels, either as dikes or as individual or agglutinated coherent kimberlite clasts (CKC). Several fragmental kimberlite varieties fill the central and shallow portions of the pipe. The definition, geometry and extent of the geological units are complex and are controlled by vertical elements. Specific for Tuzo is: (1) high abundance of locally derived xenoliths (granitoids and minor diabase) between and within the kimberlite phases, varying in size from sub-millimeter to several tens of meters, frequent in a belt-like domain between 120-200 m depth in the pipe; (2) the general presence of CKC, represented by round-subround, irregular to amoeboid-shaped clasts with a macrocrystic or aphanitic texture, mainly derived from fragmentation of erupting magma and less commonly from previously solidified kimberlite, as well as recycled pyroclasts. In addition, some CKC are interpreted to be intersections of a complex dike network. This diversity attests formation by various volcanic processes, extending from intrusive to explosive; (3) the presence of bedded polymict wall- rock and kimberlite breccia occurring mostly in deep levels of the pipe below 345 m depth. The gradational contact relationships of these deposits with the surrounding kimberlite rocks and their location suggest that they formed in situ. The emplacement of Tuzo pipe involved repetitive volcanic explosions alternating with periods of relative quiescence causing at least partial consolidation of some facies. The volume deficit in the diatreme-root zone after each eruption was compensated by gravitational collapse of overlying diatreme tephra and pre-fragmented wall-rock xenoliths. Highly explosive phases were alternating with weak explosions or intrusive phases, suggesting

  16. Garnets from kimberlites of northeast Angola and the relation of their composition to diamond content

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Mankenda, A.; Kaminskii, F. V.; Sobolev, V. N.

    High-chromium subcalcic pyropes were found in kimberlites from northeast Angola. A positive correlation between the content of these pyropes in concentrates with the diamond content of kimberlites is established, and it is thus concluded that such pyropes can serve as indicators in estimating the diamond content of kimberlites.

  17. Geochemical Analysis and Classification of the Gates-Adah Kimberlite Dike

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    Jurkowski, C.; Harris, D.; Patton, N. R.

    2014-12-01

    The Gates-Adah Kimberlite dike is a NW-SE striking vertical ultramafic igneous intrusion located in Adah, southwestern Pennsylvania. A previous compositional study of the kimberlite considered classifying the kimberlite, either Group I or Group II, to be problematic. Major and trace element (including REE) analysis using X-ray Fluoresence and ICP-MS was performed on a sample collected from the dike by the Washington State University GeoAnalytical lab in order to better classify the kimberlite as Group I or II. Comparison of major elements to South African kimberlite suggests that the Gates-Adah kimberlite most closely resembles a Group I kimberlite. Comparable major element concentrations between South African Group I kimberlite and Gates-Adah kimberlite include TiO2, Al2O3, FeO, MgO, and CaO. Assessment of calculated clay mineral and tectosilicate content relative to unaltered phlogopite and olivine was performed using a contamination equation in order to understand the extent of emplacement conditions and weathering of the kimberlite using weight percent of normalized major elements (contamination index C.I.). Uncontaminated Group I kimberlite has a C.I. near 1.0 and some apparently fresh and contamination-free micaceous Group II kimberlite has a C.I. up to 1.5 . The Gates-Adah kimberlite has a C.I. level of 1.14 suggesting greater similarity to a Group I kimberlite. Similarly an Ilmenite index (Ilm.I.) was calculated using the weight percents of normalized major elements to further classify the Gates-Adah kimberlite. Group I kimberlite and Group II kimberlite should not exceed 0.52 and 0.47, respectively and the Gates-Adah kimberlite has an Ilm.I. of 0.42. Two thin sections were produced from the Gates-Adah kimberlite dike. Minerals present in Group I kimberlite include: Olivine, phlogopite, serpentine, ilmenite, and diopside. Phenocrysts of anhedral serpentinized olivine were found along with ilmenite, diopside, enstatie, and phlogopite in thin section. Large

  18. Coalingite from kimberlite breccia of the Manchary pipe, Central Yakutia

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    Zayakina, N. V.; Oleinikov, O. B.; Vasileva, T. I.; Oparin, N. A.

    2015-12-01

    Coalingite, Mg10Fe2(CO3)(OH)24 · 2H2O, rare Mg-Fe hydrous carbonate, has been found in the course of the mineralogical study of a disintegrated kimberlite breccia from the Manchary pipe of the Khompu-May field located in the Tamma Basin, Central Yakutia, 100 km south of Yakutsk. Coalingite occurs as small reddish brown platelets, up to 0.2 mm in size. It is associated with lizardite, chrysotile and brucite, which are typical kimberlitic assemblage. Coalingite is a supergene mineral, but in this case, it is produced by the interaction of brucite-bearing kimberlite and underground water circulating through a vertical or oblique fault zone.

  19. The Catoca kimberlite pipe, Republic of Angola: A paleovolcanological model

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    Pervov, V. A.; Somov, S. V.; Korshunov, A. V.; Dulapchii, E. V.; Félix, J. T.

    2011-08-01

    The Catoca kimberlite pipe is among the world's largest primary diamond deposits. The Catoca volcanic edifice is only slightly eroded. Kimberlitic rocks of various facies compose a crater of about 1 km in diameter and a diatreme. The structure of the pipe and mining conditions of the deposit are complicated by intense intrapipe tectonic processes related to large-amplitude subsidence. Based on geological data, we propose a structural model of the deposit and a paleovolcanological model of the Catoca pipe formed during a full cycle beginning with a stage of active volcanism and completed by stages of gradually waning volcanic activity and sedimentation. It is suggested that the banded tuffisitic kimberlite of the crater zone was deposited at the stage of active volcanic eruption from specific pyroclastic suspension as a low-viscosity mixture of crystals and aqueous sol rich in serpentine.

  20. Samarium-neodymium systematics in kimberlites and in the minerals of garnet lherzolite inclusions

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    Basu, A.R.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1979-01-01

    The initial ratios of neodymium-143 to neodymium-144 in kimberlites ranging in age between 90 ?? 106 to 1300 ?? 106 years from South Africa, India, and the United States are different from the corresponding ratios in the minerals of peridotite inclusions in the kimberlites but are identical to the ratios in the basaltic achondrite Juvinas at the times of emplacement of the respective kimberlite pipes. This correlation between the kimberlites and Juvinas, which represents the bulk chondritic earth in rare-earth elements, strongly indicates that the kimberlite's source in the mantle is chondritic in rare-earth elements and relatively primeval in composition. Copyright ?? 1979 AAAS.

  1. Samarium-neodymium systematics in kimberlites and in the minerals of garnet lherzolite inclusions.

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    Basu, A R; Tatsumoto, M

    1979-07-27

    The initial ratios of neodymium-143 to neodymium-144 in kimberlites ranging in age between 90 x 10(6) to 1300 x 10(6) years from South Africa, India, and the United States are different from the corresponding ratios in the minerals of peridotite inclusions in the kimberlites but are identical to the ratios in the basaltic achondrite Juvinas at the times of emplacement of the respective kimberlite pipes. This correlation between the kimberlites and Juvinas, which represents the bulk chondritic earth in rare-earth elements, strongly indicates that the kimberlite's source in the mantle is chondritic in rare-earth elements and relatively primeval in composition. PMID:17790851

  2. The potential for diamond-bearing kimberlite in northern Michigan and Wisconsin

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    Cannon, William F.; Mudrey, M.G.

    1981-01-01

    Between 1876 and 1913, diamonds were found in at least seven localities in southern and central Wisconsin. All were found in Pleistocene glacial deposits or Holocene river gravel. The bedrock kimberlite source for the diamonds is unknown but has been presumed to be in northern Canada, the only area north of Wisconsin previously known to contain kimberlites. Recently, a kimberlite pipe, here named the Lake Ellen kimberlite, has been found in Iron County, Michigan. That find suggests the possibility that drift diamonds in Wisconsin have come from a more local source--kimberlites in northern Michigan and Wisconsin. The Lake Ellen kimberlite is very poorly exposed, but a strong positive magnetic anomaly indicates that it is roughly circular in plan and about 200 m in diameter. Although the kimberlite is entirely surrounded by Precambrian rocks, it contains abundant inclusions of fossiliferous dolomite, probably from the Ordovician Black River Group that overlay the area when the kimberlite was intruded. The post-Ordovician age of the kimberlite leads us to suspect that other possible cryptovolcanic structures in Paleozoic rocks in the region were formed over kimberlite pipes that are not yet exposed by erosion. Such structures include Limestone Mountain and Sherman Hill, in Houghton and Baraga Counties, Michigan; Glover Bluff, in Marquette County, Wisconsin; and possibly an area along the Brule River south of Iron River, Michigan. No diamonds are known in the Lake Ellen kimberlite, but it has not been adequately sampled. The cryptovolcanic structures could not be the source of the drift diamonds in Wisconsin because even if the structures are caused by kimberlites, those kimberlites have not yet been exposed by erosion. Elsewhere in the world, kimberlite is seldom found as a single isolated body; clusters of bodies are more common, and the presence of one kimberlite implies that others may exist nearby. The discovery of additional kimberlites may be very difficult

  3. Kimberlite metasomatism at Murowa and Sese pipes, Zimbabwe

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    Smith, C. B.; Sims, K.; Chimuka, L.; Duffin, A.; Beard, A. D.; Townend, R.

    2004-09-01

    Metasomatism accompanying kimberlite emplacement is a worldwide phenomenon, although infrequently described or recognised. At the Cambrian-aged Murowa and Sese kimberlite clusters located within the Archean Zimbabwe Craton just north of the boundary with the Limpopo Mobile Zone in southern central Zimbabwe, the metasomatism is intense and well exposed and the processes can be readily studied. Dykes, sills and the root zones of pipes are exposed at the current erosion level. Kimberlite lithologies present are hypabyssal macrocrystic kimberlite ("HMK"), HMK breccia, and tuffisitic kimberlite breccia ("TKB") including minor lithic tuffisitic kimberlite breccia ("LTKB"). Country rocks are 2.6 Ga Chibi and Zimbabwe granite batholiths emplaced into 2.6-2.9 Ga or earlier Archean tonalitic gneiss and greenstones. During initial metasomatism, the granites become spotted with green chlorite, needles of alkaline amphiboles (winchite, riebeckite, arfvedsonite) and pyroxenes (aegirine-augite) with minor carbonate and felts of talc. Oligoclase feldspar becomes converted to albite, extensively altered, dusted and reddened with hematite, whereas K-feldspar remains unaffected. The granites become converted to syenite through removal of quartz. More intense metasomatism at Murowa and Sese results in veins of green metasomatite which cut and disrupt the granite. Progressive disruption entrains granite blocks, breaking down the granite still further, spalling off needle-like granite slivers, and so giving rise to LTKB. This process of disruption and entrainment appears to be the manner of initial development of the pipe structure. The chemistry of the metasomatite is intermediate between granite and kimberlite. Compared to granite country rock it has markedly higher Mg, Cr, Ni, CO 2 and H 2O+, higher Ca, Mn, Nb, Sr, P, Fe 3+/Fe 2+ ratio, U, Co, and Cu, approximately equal TiO 2, K 2O, Na 2O, La, Ta, Rb, Zr, Zn and resultant lower SiO 2, Al 2O 3, Ga and Y. The metasomatite Na 2O/K 2O

  4. Chasing the Late Jurassic APW Monster Shift in Ontario Kimberlites

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    Kent, D. V.; Muttoni, G.; Gee, J. S.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.

    2012-12-01

    A 30° gap was recognized in a composite APW path when global poles from predominantly igneous rocks were assembled in North American coordinates using plate reconstructions (Kent & Irving 2010 JGR). The 'monster shift' occurred between a 160-190 Ma cluster of mean poles at 75-80°N 90-110°E to a 140-145 Ma grouping centered at 60-65°N ~200°E. There are hardly any intermediate igneous poles whereas the rather divergent directions from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation published by Steiner & Helsley (1975 GSA Bulletin) are subject to adjustments for Colorado Plateau rotation and sedimentary inclination error, neither of which are precisely known for this redbed unit sampled in Colorado. On the other hand, similar large rapid swings have been recognized in the Late Jurassic APW path for Adria (Channell et al. 2010 Paleo3), suggesting a global phenomena. In an effort to fill the data gap between ~145 and 160 Ma, we sampled accessible outcrops/subcrops of kimberlites in the Timiskaming area of Ontario, Canada, that are associated with high precision U-Pb perovskite ages (Heamon & Kjarsgaard 2000 EPSL). We report initial results from two of the intrusions: the 153.6±2.4 Ma Peddie kimberlite from outcrop and the Triple B kimberlite that was accessible by trenching and is assumed to be the same age as the nearby 153.7±1.8 Ma Seed kimberlite as delineated by aeromagnetic surveys and borings. Systematic progressive thermal demagnetization indicated in each unit a dominant characteristic component with unblocking temperatures to 575° that presumably reflect a magnetite carrier that will be checked by further rock magnetic experiments. Samples from the Peddie kimberlite had stable downward (normal polarity) magnetizations whose mean direction gives a paleopole at 73°N 184°E. In contrast, samples from the Triple B kimberlite have upward (reverse polarity) magnetizations with a well-grouped direction whose (north) paleopole is 78°N 197°E, proximal to the Peddie

  5. Reconstruction of a multi-vent kimberlite eruption from deposit and host rock characteristics: Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut, Canada

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    Hayman, P. C.; Cas, R. A. F.

    2011-03-01

    The Jericho kimberlite (173.1 ± 1.3 Ma) is a small (~ 130 × 70 m), multi-vent system that preserves products from deep (> 1 km?) portions of kimberlite vents. Pit mapping, drill core examination, petrographic study, image analysis of olivine crystals (grain size distributions and shape studies), and compositional and mineralogical studies, are used to reconstruct processes from near-surface magma ascent to kimberlite emplacement and alteration. The Jericho kimberlite formed by multiple eruptions through an Archean granodiorite batholith that was overlain by mid-Devonian limestones ~ 1 km in thickness. Kimberlite magma ascended through granodiorite basement by dyke propagation but ascended through limestone, at least in part, by locally brecciating the host rocks. After the first explosive breakthrough to surface, vent deepening and widening occurred by the erosive forces of the waxing phase of the eruption, by gravitationally induced failures as portions of the vent margins slid into the vent and, in the deeper portions of the vent (> 1 km), by scaling, as thin slabs burst from the walls into the vent. At currently exposed levels, coherent kimberlite (CK) dykes (< 40 cm thick) are found to the north and south of the vent complex and represent the earliest preserved in-situ products of Jericho magmatism. Timing of CK emplacement on the eastern side of the vent complex is unclear; some thick CK (15-20 m) may have been emplaced after the central vent was formed. Explosive eruptive products are preserved in four partially overlapping vents that are roughly aligned along strike with the coherent kimberlite dyke. The volcaniclastic kimberlite (VK) facies are massive and poorly sorted, with matrix- to clast-supported textures. The VK facies fragmented by dry, volatile-driven processes and were emplaced by eruption column collapse back into the volcanic vents. The first explosive products, poorly preserved because of partial destruction by later eruptions, are found in

  6. How unique is the Udachnaya-East kimberlite? Comparison with kimberlites from the Slave Craton (Canada) and SW Greenland

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    Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Kamenetsky, Maya B.; Weiss, Yakov; Navon, Oded; Nielsen, Troels F. D.; Mernagh, Terrence P.

    2009-11-01

    The origin of alkali carbonates and chlorides in the groundmass of unaltered Udachnaya-East kimberlites in Siberia is still controversial. Contrary to existing dogma that the Udachnaya-East kimberlite was either contaminated by the crustal sediments or platform brines, magmatic origin of the groundmass assemblage has been proposed on the basis of melt immiscibility textures, melt inclusion studies, and strontium and neon isotope compositions. We further tested the idea of alkali- and chlorine enrichment of the kimberlite parental melt by studying olivine-hosted melt inclusions and secondary serpentine in kimberlites from the Slave Craton, Canada (Gahcho Kué, Jericho, Aaron and Leslie pipes) and southern West Greenland (Majuagaa dyke). Host olivine phenocrysts closely resemble groundmass olivine from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite in morphology, compositions (high-Fo, low-Ca), complex zoning with cores of varying shapes and compositions and rims of constant Fo. Melt inclusions in olivine consist of several translucent and opaque daughter phases and vapour bubble(s). The daughter crystals studied in unexposed inclusions by laser Raman spectroscopy and in carefully exposed inclusions by WDS-EDS are represented by Na-K chlorides, calcite, dolomite, magnesite, Ca-Na, Ca-Na-K and Ca-Mg-Ba carbonates, bradleyite Na 3 Mg(CO 3)(PO 4), K-bearing nahpoite Na 2(HPO 4), apatite, phlogopite and tetraferriphlogopite, unidentified sulphates, Fe sulphides, djerfisherite, pyrochlore (Na,Ca) 2Nb 2O 6(OH,F), monticellite, Cr-spinel and Fe-Ti oxides. High abundances of Na, K (e.g., (Na + K)/Ca = 0.15-0.85) and incompatible trace elements in the melt inclusions are confirmed by LA-ICPMS analysis of individual inclusions. Heating experiments show that melting of daughter minerals starts and completes at low temperatures (~ 100 °C and 600 °C, respectively), further reinforcing the similarity with the Udachnaya-East kimberlite. Serpentine minerals replacing olivine in some of the studied

  7. Constraining kimberlite geology through integration of geophysical, geological and geochemical methods: A case study of the Mothae kimberlite, northern Lesotho

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    Galloway, M.; Nowicki, T.; van Coller, B.; Mukodzani, B.; Siemens, K.; Hetman, C.; Webb, K.; Gurney, J.

    2009-11-01

    The Cretaceous Mothae kimberlite is located in northern Lesotho on the southeast margin of the Kaapvaal craton. Historical work suggests that Mothae has a low average diamond grade of ~ 3 cpht and the economic viability therefore depends on the presence of large, high quality (and thus value) diamonds as does that of the nearby Letseng Diamond Mine. Defining such a diamond population requires a very large and representative bulk sample. The near surface geology of the Mothae kimberlite was investigated using ground geophysical surveys, pit mapping, petrography, measurements of the mantle components and whole rock compositions. Integration of data from these different approaches clearly defines the outline of the kimberlite at the surface and permits definition, with varying confidence levels, of at least six geologically distinct domains within the body. The domains are defined primarily on the basis of variations in the relative abundances of certain mantle-derived minerals extracted from exploratory pit samples, supported to varying extents by geophysically-defined zones, variations in kimberlite type (established petrographically) and variations in whole rock composition. The domains are interpreted to reflect the presence of multiple phases of volcaniclastic kimberlite each with a potentially different diamond content. The map of the near surface geology constructed on the basis of the work described in this paper provides a valuable framework for planning of further drilling and sampling work aimed at constraining the diamond resource at Mothae. This study illustrates the value of an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to understanding the geology of a complex kimberlite body during the early stages of evaluation.

  8. Discovery of kimberlite in a magnetically noisy environment: a case study of the Syferfontein and Goedgevonden kimberlites (Invited)

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    Webb, S. J.; Van Buren, R.

    2013-12-01

    Airborne geophysical methods play an important role in the exploration for kimberlites. As regions become more intensively explored, smaller kimberlites, which can be extremely difficult to find, are being targeted. These smaller kimberlites, as evidenced by the M-1 Maarsfontein pipe in the Klipspringer cluster in South Africa, can be highly profitable. The Goedgevonden and Syferfontein pipes are small kimberlites (~0.2 ha) ~25 km NNE of Klerksdorp in South Africa. The Goedgevonden pipe has been known since the 1930s and is diamondiferous, but not commercially viable due to small stone size and low quality of stones. In the early 1990s, Gold Fields used this pipe as a typical kimberlite to collect example geophysical data. The nearby (~1 km to the east) Syferfontein pipe is not diamondiferous but was discovered in 1994 as part of a speculative airborne EM survey conducted by Gold Fields and Geodass (now CGG) as part of their case study investigations. Both kimberlites have had extensive ground geophysical survey data collected and have prominent magnetic, gravity and EM responses that aided in the delineation of the pipes. These pipes represent a realistic and challenging case study target due to their small size and the magnetically noisy environment into which they have been emplaced. The discovery of the Syferfontein pipe in 1994 stimulated further testing of airborne methods, especially as the surface was undisturbed. These pipes are located in a region that hosts highly variably magnetized Hospital Hill shales, dolerite dykes and Ventersdorp lavas, a 2-3 m thick resistive ferricrete cap and significant cultural features such as an electric railroad and high tension power line. Although the kimberlites both show prominent magnetic anomalies on ground surveys, the airborne data are significantly noisy and the pipes do not show up as well determined targets. However, the clay-rich weathered zone of the pipes provides an ideal target for the EM method, and both

  9. Geochemistry of mantle metasomatism related to formation of kimberlites in the northern East European Platform

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    Kargin, A. V.

    2014-11-01

    The geochemistry of mantle metasomatism related to the formation of kimberlites and allied rocks in the northern East European Platform (EEP) is considered with allowance for chemical systematics and geodynamic position. The Paleoproterozoic kimberlites of Kimozero, Mesoproterozoic orangeites of Karelia, Neoproterozoic kimberlites of Finland, and Devonian kimberlites of the Arkhangel'sk diamond province (ADP) are the objects of this research. Kimberlites from the EEP are characterized by wide variations in contents of rock-forming oxides and trace elements caused by secondary alteration, belonging to different lithofacies and specific sources. The diversity of kimberlites from the EEP is explained by the interaction of asthenospheric protokimberlitic melt with depleted or metasomatically enriched lithospheric mantle. A (Zr/Sm) n -Cr/Ni diagram has been proposed to identify specific attributes of mantle metasomatism. Comparison of the geodynamic setting of kimberlite formation in the EEP with the revealed geochemical features of mantle metasomatism shows that kimberlites having sources with the participation of MARID-type meta-somatic assemblages were formed under conditions of changing supercontinental cycles, when the breakdown of large supercontinent coincided in time with the initial stage of assembly of a new supercontinent. This is characteristic of the Kimozero kimberlites, orangeites of Karelia, and kimberlites from the ADP. Kimberlites of Finland were formed under geodynamic conditions characterized by supercontinent breakdown coeval with abundant within-plate mafic magmatism. These kimberlites bear geochemical features inherent to an asthenospheric source. The economic Devonian diamond-bearing kimberlites from the ADP display a subordinate role of the metasomatic lithospheric as a component of their source against the background of a significant interaction of melted asthenospheric material with the depleted lithospheric mantle.

  10. The discovery of kimberlites in Antarctica extends the vast Gondwanan Cretaceous province.

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    Yaxley, Gregory M; Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Nichols, Geoffrey T; Maas, Roland; Belousova, Elena; Rosenthal, Anja; Norman, Marc

    2013-01-01

    Kimberlites are a volumetrically minor component of the Earth's volcanic record, but are very important as the major commercial source of diamonds and as the deepest samples of the Earth's mantle. They were predominantly emplaced from ≈2,100 Ma to ≈10 ka ago, into ancient, stable regions of continental crust (cratons), but are also known from continental rifts and mobile belts. Kimberlites have been reported from almost all major cratons on all continents except for Antarctica. Here we report the first bona fide Antarctic kimberlite occurrence, from the northern Prince Charles Mountains, emplaced during the reactivation of the Lambert Graben associated with rifting of India from Australia-Antarctica. The samples are texturally, mineralogically and geochemically typical of Group I kimberlites from more classical localities. Their ≈120 Ma ages overlap with those of many kimberlites from other world-wide localities, extending a vast Cretaceous, Gondwanan kimberlite province, for the first time, into Antarctica. PMID:24346162

  11. Petrological characteristics of the Masontown, Pennsylvania kimberlite dike

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    Prellwitz, H.S.; Bikerman, M. . Dept. of Geology and Planetary Science)

    1993-03-01

    The Masontown, PA, kimberlite dike intrudes flat-lying Pennsylvanian and early Permian sedimentary rocks, via a pre-existing vertical fault zone, contact relationship indicate a low temperature of intrusion. The kimberlite consists of a phenocryst mineral assemblage which includes olivine, phlogopite, Ti rich oxides, and very fine grained carbonate, that is believed to be of primary origin. Most of the olivine has been altered to serpentine, and post emplacement fractures are filled with secondary carbonate. Most of the mineral grains have reaction rims, which record high pressure/temperature melt conditions that later changed into a lower pressure/temperature environment. Vertical alignment of the mineral grains suggest an upward flow direction. Lithospheric mantle xenoliths of garnet lherzolite and crustal xenoliths of biotite gneiss show probable compositions of deep-seated rocks. These rocks are normally inaccessible because they are converted by a thick Paleozoic sedimentary blanket in this area.

  12. The origin of pelletal lapilli in explosive kimberlite eruptions

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    Gernon, T. M.; Brown, R. J.; Tait, M. A.; Hincks, T. K.

    2012-05-01

    Kimberlites are volatile-rich magmas from mantle depths of >=150km and are the primary source of diamonds. Kimberlite volcanism involves the formation of diverging pipes or diatremes, which are the locus of high-intensity explosive eruptions. A conspicuous and previously enigmatic feature of diatreme fills are 'pelletal lapilli'--well-rounded clasts consisting of an inner 'seed' particle with a complex rim, thought to represent quenched juvenile melt. Here we show that these coincide with a transition from magmatic to pyroclastic behaviour, thus offering fundamental insights into eruption dynamics and constraints on vent conditions. We propose that pelletal lapilli are formed when fluid melts intrude into earlier volcaniclastic infill close to the diatreme root zone. Intensive degassing produces a gas jet in which locally scavenged particles are simultaneously fluidised and coated by a spray of low-viscosity melt. A similar origin may apply to pelletal lapilli in other alkaline volcanic rocks, including carbonatites, kamafugites and melilitites.

  13. Isotope fractionation related to kimberlite magmatism and diamond formation

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    Galimov, E.M. )

    1991-06-01

    This paper deals with a model of carbon isotope fractionation presumed to accompany the movement of mantle fluids. In the first part of the article, the experimental data and the relationships revealed are generalized and discussed; the remainder of the paper describes the model. The isotope compositions of different forms of carbon related to kimberlite magmatism vary widely. In diamonds, {delta}{sup 13}C values range from {minus}34.5 to +2.8{per thousand}. Carbonate-bearing autholiths in kimberlites occur enriched in {sup 13}C up to +35{per thousand}. Organic matter, including that occurring in fluid inclusions of magmatic minerals of kimberlites, is depleted in {sup 13}C down to {minus}30{per thousand}. It is concluded that the {delta}{sup 13}C-distribution for diamonds is specific for a particular occurrence. Principal differences in isotopic distribution patterns for diamonds of ultrabasic and basic paragenesis exist. Isotopically light diamonds are related only to the latter. The intention of the model is to explain the observed variations of carbon isotope composition of diamond and other carbonaceous substances related to kimberlite magmatism. The model is based on the interaction of reduced sub-asthenospehric fluid with a relatively oxidized lithosphere. It is suggested that diamonds of ultrabasic paragenesis are produced during interaction of the fluid with sheared garnet lbherzolite which is considered to be primitive mantle rock. During contact with the more oxidized mantle, reduced carbon (CH{sub 4}) may partially be converted to CO{sub 2}. Isotope exchange in CO{sub 2}-CH{sub 4} system, conbined with Rayleigh distillation, may provide a significant isotope fractionation. Diamonds of the basic (eclogitic) paragenesis are considered to be realted to this fractionated carbon. Also, occurrence of carbonate material highly enriched in {sup 13}C is explained by the model.

  14. Garnets from the Camafuca-Camazambo kimberlite (Angola).

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    Correia, Eugénio A; Laiginhas, Fernando A T P

    2006-06-01

    This work presents a geochemical study of a set of garnets, selected by their colors, from the Camafuca-Camazambo kimberlite, located on northeast Angola. Mantle-derived garnets were classified according to the scheme proposed by Grütter et al. (2004) and belong to the G1, G4, G9 and G10 groups. Both sub-calcic (G10) and Ca-saturated (G9) garnets, typical, respectively, of harzburgites and lherzolites, were identified. The solubility limit of knorringite molecule in G10D garnets suggests they have crystallized at a minimum pressure of about 40 to 45 kbar (4-4.5 GPa). The occurrence of diamond stability field garnets (G10D) is a clear indicator of the potential of this kimberlite for diamond. The chemistry of the garnets suggests that the source for the kimberlite was a lherzolite that has suffered a partial melting that formed basaltic magma, leaving a harzburgite as a residue. PMID:16710568

  15. An integrated model of kimberlite ascent and eruption.

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    Wilson, Lionel; Head Iii, James W

    2007-05-01

    Diatremes are carrot-shaped bodies forming the upper parts of very deep magmatic intrusions of kimberlite rock. These unusual, enigmatic and complex features are famous as the source of diamonds. Here we present a new model of kimberlite ascent and eruption, emphasizing the extremely unsteady nature of this process to resolve many of the seemingly contradictory characteristics of kimberlites and diatremes. Dyke initiation in a deep CO2-rich source region in the mantle leads to rapid propagation of the dyke tip, below which CO2 fluid collects, with a zone of magmatic foam beneath. When the tip breaks the surface of the ground, gas release causes a depressurization wave to travel into the magma. This wave implodes the dyke walls, fragments the magma, and creates a 'ringing' fluidization wave. Together, these processes form the diatreme. Catastrophic magma chilling seals the dyke. No precursor to the eruption is felt at the surface and the processes are complete in about an hour. PMID:17476260

  16. Linear stability analysis for hydrothermal alteration of kimberlitic rocks

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    Afanasyev, Andrey; Belyaeva, Ekaterina

    2016-06-01

    The influx of groundwater into hot kimberlite deposits results in the reaction of water with olivine-rich rocks. The products of the reaction are serpentine and release of latent heat. The rise of temperature due to the heat release increases the rate of the reaction. Under certain conditions, this self-speeding up of the reaction can result in instabilities associated with a significantly higher final serpentinization in slightly warmer regions of the kimberlite deposit. We conduct linear stability analysis of serpentinization in an isolated volume of porous kimberlitic rocks saturated with water and an inert gas. There is a counteracting interplay between the heat release tending to destabilize the uniform distribution of parameters and the heat conduction tending to stabilize it by smoothing out temperature perturbations. We determine the critical spatial scale separating the parameters where one phenomenon dominates over another. The perturbations of longer-than-critical length grow, whereas the perturbations of shorter-than-critical length fade. The analytical results of the linear stability analysis are supported by direct numerical simulations using a full nonlinear model.

  17. Kimberlite emplacement models — The implications for mining projects

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    Jakubec, Jaroslav

    2008-06-01

    The significance of the emplacement model for kimberlite pipes, or sheets, is commonly recognized in resource geology. However, its importance is not always appreciated in the mine design process. The fact is that knowledge of the orebody geometry, character of the contact zones, internal structures, rock mass competency and distribution of inclusions could directly influence the selection of the underground mining method, pit wall stability, dilution, treatability, and the dewatering strategy. The problems are exacerbated in smaller pipes and narrower sheets, and in more irregular shapes; they are more apparent in underground mining as opposed to open cast. Various kimberlite emplacement processes have a major impact on the nature of the kimberlite orebody and host rocks that will influence the mine design and mining strategy. Failure to understand these processes can adversely affect the economic outcome for developing a mine. It is therefore important to investigate those processes in order to better characterize the mining constraints and risks, and more accurately predict the mine's economic viability.

  18. Linear stability analysis for hydrothermal alteration of kimberlitic rocks

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    Afanasyev, Andrey; Belyaeva, Ekaterina

    2016-04-01

    The influx of groundwater into hot kimberlite deposits results in the reaction of water with olivine-rich rocks. The products of the reaction are serpentine and release of latent heat. The rise of temperature due to the heat release increases the rate of the reaction. Under certain conditions, this self-speeding up of the reaction can result in instabilities associated with a significantly higher final serpentinisation in slightly warmer regions of the kimberlite deposit. We conduct linear stability analysis of serpentinisation in an isolated volume of porous kimberlitic rocks saturated with water and an inert gas. There is a counteracting interplay between the heat release tending to destabilise the uniform distribution of parameters and the heat conduction tending to stabilise it by smoothing out temperature perturbations. We determine the critical spatial scale separating the parameters where one phenomenon dominates over another. The perturbations of longer-than-critical length grow, whereas the perturbations of shorter-than-critical length fade. The analytical results of the linear stability analysis are supported by direct numerical simulations using a full nonlinear model. Keywords: Hydrothermal systems, volcaniclastic deposits, phase transitions, instability analysis, numerical solutions

  19. The Fazenda Largo off-craton kimberlites of Piauí State, Brazil

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    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Sablukov, Sergei M.; Sablukova, Ludmila I.; Zakharchenko, Olga D.

    2009-10-01

    In the late 1990s, the Fazenda Largo kimberlite cluster was discovered in the Piauí State of Brazil. As with earlier known kimberlites in this area - Redondão, Santa Filomena-Bom Jesus (Gilbues) and Picos - this cluster is located within the Palaeozoic Parnaiba Sedimentary Basin that separates the São Francisco and the Amazonian Precambrian cratons. Locations of kimberlites are controlled by the 'Transbrasiliano Lineament'. The Fazenda Largo kimberlites are intensely weathered, almost completely altered rocks with a fine-grained clastic structure, and contain variable amounts of terrigene admixture (quartz sand). These rocks represent near-surface volcano-sedimentary deposits of the crater parts of kimberlite pipes. By petrographic, mineralogical and chemical features, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites are similar to average kimberlite. The composition of the deep-seated material in the Fazenda Largo kimberlites is quite diverse: among mantle microxenoliths are amphibolitised pyrope peridotites, garnetised spinel peridotites, ilmenite peridotites, chromian spinel + chromian diopside + pyrope intergrowths, and large xenoliths of pyrope dunite. High-pressure minerals are predominantly of the ultramafic suite, Cr-association minerals (purplish-red and violet pyrope, chromian spinel, chromian diopside, Cr-pargasite and orthopyroxene). The Ti-association minerals of the ultramafic suite (picroilmenite and orange pyrope), as well as rare grains of orange pyrope-almandine of the eclogite association, are subordinate. Kimberlites from all four pipes contain rare grains of G10 pyrope of the diamond association, but chromian spinel of the diamond association was not encountered. By their tectonic position, by geochemical characteristics, and by the composition of kimberlite indicator minerals, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites, like the others of such type, are unlikely to be economic.

  20. In-situ assimilation of mantle minerals by kimberlitic magmas - Direct evidence from a garnet wehrlite xenolith entrained in the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa)

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    Soltys, Ashton; Giuliani, Andrea; Phillips, David; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Maas, Roland; Woodhead, Jon; Rodemann, Thomas

    2016-07-01

    The lack of consensus on the possible range of initial kimberlite melt compositions and their evolution as they ascend through and interact with mantle and crustal wall rocks, hampers a complete understanding of kimberlite petrogenesis. Attempts to resolve these issues are complicated by the fact that kimberlite rocks are mixtures of magmatic, xenocrystic and antecrystic components and, hence, are not directly representative of their parental melt composition. Furthermore, there is a lack of direct evidence of the assimilation processes that may characterise kimberlitic melts during ascent, which makes understanding their melt evolution difficult. In this contribution we provide novel constraints on the interaction between precursor kimberlite melts and lithospheric mantle wall rocks. We present detailed textural and geochemical data for a carbonate-rich vein assemblage that traverses a garnet wehrlite xenolith [equilibrated at ~ 1060 °C and 43 kbar (~ 140-145 km)] from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa). This vein assemblage is dominated by Ca-Mg carbonates, with subordinate oxide minerals, olivine, sulphides, and apatite. Vein phases have highly variable compositions indicating formation under disequilibrium conditions. Primary inclusions in the vein minerals and secondary inclusion trails in host wehrlite minerals contain abundant alkali-bearing phases (e.g., Na-K bearing carbonates, Mg-freudenbergite, Na-bearing apatite and phlogopite). The Sr-isotope composition of vein carbonates overlaps those of groundmass calcite from the Bultfontein kimberlite, as well as perovskite from the other kimberlites in the Kimberley area. Clinopyroxene and garnet in the host wehrlite are resorbed and have Si-rich reaction mantles where in contact with the carbonate-rich veins. Within some veins, the carbonates occur as droplet-like, globular segregations, separated from a similarly shaped Si-rich phase by a thin meniscus of Mg-magnetite. These textures are

  1. Lake Ellen kimberlite, Michigan, U.S.A.

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    McGee, E.S.; Hearn, B.C.

    1983-01-01

    The recently discovered Lake Ellen kimberlite, in northern Michigan, indicates that bedrock sources of diamonds found in glacial deposits in the Great Lakes area could lie within the northern U.S. Magnetic surveys show a main kimberlite 200 m in diameter and an adjacent body 25 x 90 m(?). The kimberlite cuts Proterozoic volcanic rocks that overlie Archean basement, but is post-Ordovician in age based on abundant Ordovician(?) dolomite inclusions. Xenocrysts and megacrysts are ilmenite (abundant, 12.5-19% MgO), pyropealmandine and Cr-pyrope (up to 9.3% Cr2O3), Cr-diopside (up to 4.5% Cr2O3), olivine (Fo 91), enstatite and phlogopite. The kimberlite contains fragments of crustal schist and granulite, as well as disaggregated crystals and rare xenoliths of eclogites, garnet pyroxenites and garnet peridotites from a heterogeneous upper mantle. Eclogites, up to 3 cm size, show granoblastic equant or tabular textures and consist of jadeitic cpx (up to 8.4% Na20, 15.3% Al2O3), pyrope-almandine, ? rutile ? kyanite ? sanidine ? sulfide. Garnet pyroxenite contains pyrope--(0.44% Cr2O3) + cpx (0.85% Na2O, 0.53% Cr2O3) + Mg-Al spinel. Mineral compositions of rare composite xenocrysts of garnet + cpx are distinctively peridotitic, pyroxenitic or eclogitic. Calculated temperatures of equilibration are 920-1060 ?C for the eclogites and 820-910?C for the garnet pyroxenite using the Ellis-Green method. Five peridotite garnet-clinopyroxene composite xenocrysts have calculated temperatures of 980-1120?C using the Lindsley-Dixon 20 kb solvus. Spinel pyroxenite and clinopyroxene-orthopyroxene composites have lower calculated temperatures of 735?C and 820-900?C, respectively. Kyanite-bearing eclogites must have formed at pressures greater than 18-20 kb. Using the present shield geotherm with a heat flow value of 44mW/m 2 for the time of kimberlite emplacement, the eclogite temperatures imply pressures of 35-48 kb (105-140 km) and the garnet pyroxenite temperatures indicate pressures of

  2. Kimberlite Trends at the Surface and at Depth

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    Snyder, D. B.; Lockhart, G.

    2004-05-01

    Although the focus of much study as the host rock for diamonds, the emplacement mechanisms and structure of kimberlite deposits remains only poorly perceived. Recent application of geochronological and seismic techniques to the Lac De Gras kimberlite field that is home to the world's newest diamond mines in NW Canada revealed unexpected correlation in structural trends. The best fitting patterns for the variation in SKS splitting delay times for the Lac de Gras teleseismic stations are consistently those of two horizontal layers. The fast axis of each lower layer trends 045-050° and delay times are 0.9-1.0 seconds. Upper layers show greater variability; beneath the Ekati Diamond Mine, the fast axis trends 012° with a delay time of 0.45 seconds. At depths of about 120 km, the radial component of receiver functions from this same station has maximum amplitude at 285-290° and the transverse component at about 320\\deg; together these indicate a horizontal symmetry axis for hexagonal anisotropy at 108/288° and an associated fast axis at 018/198° . The 120 km depth is the top or bottom of the mantle layer containing this anisotropy; the large maximum amplitudes observed suggest it is here the bottom of the upper layer. Precise ages of over 40 kimberlites in the Lac de Gras field were constrained using standard Rb/Sr and U/Pb isotopic dating techniques correlated with a local geomagnetic polarity timescale; they indicate that one kimberlite group erupted from 75 to 64 Ma along a generally east-west (100-110° ) trend. Another 58.9±1.2 Ma group has a similar trend, whereas younger 55.4±0.5, 53.2±0.3 and 47.5±0.5 Ma clusters show tighter grouping along northeast (37-45° ) trends. The inferred age and direction of trends at both the surface and at >120 km depth suggests that kimberlites erupt along fractures controlled by continental stress fields related to global plate motions. This provides important clues about where to search for additional diamond deposits

  3. Hydrothermal alteration of kimberlite by convective flows of external water

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    Afanasyev, Andrey; Melnik, Oleg; Porritt, Lucy; Schumacher, John; Sparks, Steve

    2015-04-01

    Kimberlite volcanism involves the emplacement of olivine-rich volcaniclastic deposits into volcanic vents or pipes. Kimberlite deposits are typically pervasively serpentinised as a result of the reaction of olivine and water within a temperature range of 130-400 °C or less. We present a model for the influx of ground water into hot kimberlite deposits coupled with progressive cooling and serpentisation. In order to simulate cooling of a kimberlite body by external water influx, we have used a modified version of the filtration code MUFITS (www.mufits.imec.msu.ru). The code is developed for simulation of multiphase multicomponent flows in porous media in a wide range of pressures and temperatures, including sub-critical and supercritical conditions. It solves mass conservation laws for individual components (water and a proxy component, not participating in serpentinisation) together with energy equation for the system as a whole including the solid rock matrix, and Darcy transport equations for different phases. Two modifications of the code were implemented: Serpentinisation of the olivine leads to a decrease in the density of the rock matrix and filling pore spaces resulting in significant decrease in porosity and permeability; latent heat of serpentinisation is accounted for in the energy equation. The simulation results indicate that large-pressure gradients cause influx and heating of water within the pipe with horizontal convergent flow in the host rock and along pipe margins, and upward flow within the pipe centre. Complete serpentisation is predicted for wide ranges of permeability of the host rocks and kimberlite deposits. For typical pipe dimensions, cooling times are centuries to a few millennia. Excess volume of serpentine results in filling of pore spaces, eventually inhibiting fluid flow. Fresh olivine is preserved in lithofacies with initial low porosity, and at the base of the pipe where deeper-level host rocks have low permeability, and the pipe

  4. Sedimentologic and stratigraphic constraints on emplacement of the Star Kimberlite, east-central Saskatchewan

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    Zonneveld, John-Paul; Kjarsgaard, Bruce A.; Harvey, Shawn E.; Heaman, Larry M.; McNeil, David H.; Marcia, Kirsten Y.

    2004-09-01

    Diamond-bearing kimberlites in the Fort à la Corne region, east-central Saskatchewan, consist primarily of extra-crater pyroclastic deposits which are interstratified with Lower Cretaceous (Albian and Cenomanian) marine, marginal marine and continental sediments. Approximately 70 individual kimberlite occurrences have been documented. The Star Kimberlite, occurring at the southeastern end of the main Fort à la Corne trend, has been identified as being of economic interest, and is characterized by an excellent drill core database. Integration of multi-disciplinary data-sets has helped to refine and resolve models for emplacement of the Star Kimberlite. Detailed core logging has provided the foundation for sedimentological and volcanological studies and for construction of a regionally consistent stratigraphic and architectural framework for the kimberlite complex. Micropaleontologic and biostratigraphic analysis of selected sedimentary rocks, and U-Pb perovskite geochronology on kimberlite samples have been integrated to define periods of kimberlite emplacement. Radiometric age determination and micropaleontologic evidence support the hypothesis that multiple kimberlite eruptive phases occurred at Star. The oldest kimberlite in the Star body erupted during deposition of the predominantly continental strata of the lower Mannville Group (Cantuar Formation). Kimberlites within the Cantuar Formation include terrestrial airfall deposits as well as fluvially transported kimberlitic sandstone and conglomerate. Successive eruptive events occurred contemporaneous with deposition of the marginal marine upper Mannville Group (Pense Formation). Kimberlites within the Pense Formation consist primarily of terrestrial airfall deposits. Fine- to medium-grained cross-stratified kimberlitic (olivine-dominated) sandstone in this interval reflects reworking of airfall deposits during a regional marine transgression. The location of the source feeder vents of the Cantuar and Pense

  5. Geology of the Orion South kimberlite, Fort à la Corne, Canada

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    Kjarsgaard, B. A.; Harvey, S.; McClintock, M.; Zonneveld, J. P.; Du Plessis, P.; McNeil, D.; Heaman, L.

    2009-11-01

    A wide variety of primary pyroclastic, volcaniclastic and re-sedimented volcaniclastic deposits derived from multiple kimberlite eruptions are exceptionally well preserved at the Orion South kimberlite body in the Fort à la Corne field in central Saskatchewan. Construction of this kimberlite complex involved episodic kimberlite volcanic events punctuated by periods of volcanic quiescence, erosion and sedimentary deposition within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The Orion South kimberlite complex erupted into deltaic coastal plain/transitional estuarine (Mannville Group: Cantuar and Pense formations) and shallow marine (Lower Colorado Group: Joli Fou, Viking and Westgate formations) environments. At Orion South, eight distinct kimberlite phases erupted over 6 to 7 million years from ca. 106 Ma (Cantuar Formation equivalent) to ca. 99 Ma (Viking Formation equivalent). Detailed core logging, geochemistry, chronostratigraphy, petrography and geophysics were undertaken to define distinct eruptive phases and reconstruct the depositional environment, volcanic styles and 3-D architecture of the complex. The eight main kimberlite deposits record eruptive styles ranging from magmatic, to 'wet' and 'dry' phreatomagmatic, to submarine eruptions, a consequence of the varying interaction between kimberlite magma and seawater and/or groundwater.

  6. (U-Th)/He dating of kimberlites-A case study from north-eastern Kansas

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    Blackburn, T.J.; Stockli, D.F.; Carlson, R.W.; Berendsen, P.

    2008-01-01

    Dating kimberlite intrusive rocks by radiogenic isotope geochronology often is a difficult task, complicated by both the lack of dateable minerals within kimberlite as well as significant sample alteration that can degrade samples and alter parent-daughter ratios. This study presents a new geochronologic tool for timing the emplacement of kimberlites using the (U-Th)/He system to date the cooling of common kimberlite phenocrystic and xenocrystic minerals. To demonstrate the use of this technique, new apatite, titanite, zircon, magnetite and garnet (U-Th)/He ages constrain the timing of emplacement for the Stockdale, Tuttle, Baldwin Creek, Bala, and Leonardville kimberlite pipes, located in Riley County, Kansas. Zircon from the Tuttle pipe and titanite from the Stockdale pipe yield (U-Th)/He ages of 108.6 ?? 9.6??Ma and 106.4 ?? 3.1??Ma, respectively. These data are consistent with new Tuttle kimberlite Rb-Sr analyses of phlogopite megacrysts that give a five point isochron age of 106.6 ?? 1.0??Ma. Similarly, an apatite (U-Th)/He age of 85.3 ?? 2.3??Ma from the Baldwin Creek kimberlite is in agreement with a Rb-Sr phlogopite age of 88.4 ?? 2.7??Ma. These dates demonstrate that (U-Th)/He thermochronometry provides reliable timing constraints on the cooling of common kimberlite xenocrystic phases, thereby timing kimberlite emplacement. In addition to the use of more commonly used apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometers, we produced reliable emplacement ages of 103.0 ?? 7.5??Ma for the Bala kimberlite using (U-Th)/He dating of phenocrystic magnetite and an age of 98.8 ?? 8.9??Ma for the Tuttle kimberlite using (U-Th)/He dating of megacrystic garnet. In contrast, kimberlitic apatite (U-Th)/He ages from the Stockdale, Bala, Tuttle, and Leonardville kimberlites yield ages ranging from 67.3 ?? 4.4??Ma to 64.3 ?? 5.6??Ma, suggesting a local, possibly hydrothermal reheating event resulting in resetting of the apatite (U-Th)/He clock in latest Cretaceous to earliest

  7. Use of high-resolution ground-penetrating radar in kimberlite delineation

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    Kruger, J.M.; Martinez, A.; Berendsen, P.

    1997-01-01

    High-resolution ground-penetrating radar (GPR) was used to image the near-surface extent of two exposed Late Cretaceous kimberlites intruded into lower Permian limestone and dolomite host rocks in northeast Kansas. Six parallel GPR profiles identify the margin of the Randolph 1 kimberlite by the up-bending and termination of limestone reflectors. Five radially-intersecting GPR profiles identify the elliptical margin of the Randolph 2 kimberlite by the termination of dolomite reflectors near or below the kimberlite's mushroom-shaped cap. These results suggest GPR may augment magnetic methods for the delineation of kimberlites or other forceful intrusions in a layered host rock where thick, conductive soil or shale is not present at the surface.

  8. Results of 40Ar/39Ar dating of phlogopites from kelyphitic rims around garnet grains (Udachnaya-Vostochnaya kimberlite pipe)

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    Yudin, D. S.; Tomilenko, A. A.; Alifirova, T. A.; Travin, A. V.; Murzintsev, N. G.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2016-07-01

    40Ar/39Ar dating of phlogopite from kelyphitic rims around garnet grains from the Udachnaya-Vostochnaya kimberlite pipe in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic (Russia) revealed that when this mineral has contact with a kimberlite melt its age corresponds (within error limits) to that of the formation of the kimberlite pipe, thus indicating that the method may be used for dating kimberlites and related rocks. In mantle xenoliths, kelyphitic phlogopites rimming garnet grains partially lose radiogenic Ar, which results in a complex age spectrum. Rejuvenation of the K/Ar system in them is determined by the thermal impact of the kimberlite melt on captured rocks.

  9. Magnetic properties of xenoliths from Yakut kimberlite pipes

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    Tselebrovskiy, Alexey; Maksimochkin, Valeriy

    2014-05-01

    Lower continental crust is poorly known due to its limited availability. One source of information about the formation of the lower crust is the study of xenoliths found in kimberlites, mainly peridotites, eclogites and other rocks made by the kimberlite magma to the surface from great depths. Magnetic methods can solve problems related on the one hand, the definition of the phase composition of natural ferrimagnetics responsible for the magnetic properties of rocks, and on the other - with the establishment of the thermodynamic conditions in which they were formed - their genesis. For example, in [1, 2], there were differences in the magnetic properties of kimberlites taken from tubes with different diamond productivity. In this work, studies have been conducted of the magnetic properties and mineralogy of xenoliths from 10 Yakut kimberlit pipes, courtesy of Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences V. K. Garanin. Found that the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) and magnetic susceptibility (k0) of the investigated samples varies widely: NRM = (0.002-12.59) A/m, k0 = (0.23-59.9)*10-3 SI. Magnetic properties vary by species: average NRM peridotites (0.002-0.32) A/m order of magnitude smaller eclogitic rocks (0.58-12.59) A/m. Thermomagnetic analysis (TMA) of the test samples showed the presence of xenoliths of the ferromagnetic phase with a Curie point close to Tc magnetite. Because of the high correlation between the values of NRM, k0 and ferrimagnetic saturation magnetization (SM) can be inferred that the magnetic properties of the rocks studied at temperatures above ambient is basically determined by the concentration of magnetite in them. Besides magnetite TMA were also identified ferrimagnetic phase with Curie temperatures from -50°C to -125°C. Mineralogical analysis performed on three samples of peridotite tubes Udachnaya, Yubileynaya and Mir and two samples of eclogite tubes Udachnaya and Komsomolskaya, showed that at temperatures below room

  10. Subcalcic diopsides from kimberlites: Chemistry, exsolution microstructures, and thermal history

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    McCallister, R.H.; Nord, G.L., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Twenty-six subcalcic diopside megacrysts (Ca/(Ca+ Mg)) = 0.280-0.349, containing approximately 10 mol% jadeite, from 15 kimberlite bodies in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Lesotho, have been characterized by electron microprobe analysis, X-ray-precession photography, and transmission electron microscopy. Significant exsolution of pigeonite was observed only in those samples for which Ca/(Ca+Mg)???0.320. The exsolution microstructure consists of coherent (001) lamellae with wavelengths ranging from 20 to 31 nm and compositional differences between the hosts and lamellae ranging from 10 to 30 mol% wollastonite. These observations suggest that the exsolution reaction mechanism was spinodal decomposition and that the megacrysts have been quenched at various stages of completion of the decomposition process. Annealing experiments in evacuated SiO2 glass tubes at 1,150?? C for 128 hours failed to homogenize microstructure, whereas, at 5 kbar and 1,150?? C for only 7.25 hours, the two lattices were homogenized. This "pressure effect" suggests that spinodal decomposition in the kimberlitic subcalcic diopside megacrysts can only occur at depths less than ???15 km; the cause of the effect may be the jadeite component in the pyroxene. "Apparent quench" temperatures for the exsolution process in the megacrysts range from 1,250?? C to 990?? C, suggesting that decomposition must have commenced at temperatures of more than ???1,000?? C. These P-T limits lead to the conclusion that, in those kimberlites where spinodal decomposition has occurred in subcalcic diopside megacrysts, such decomposition occurred at shallow levels (<15 km) and, at the present erosion level, temperatures must have been greater than 1,000?? C. ?? 1981 Springer-Verlag.

  11. Temporal, geomagnetic and related attributes of kimberlite magmatism at Ekati, Northwest Territories, Canada

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    Lockhart, Grant; Grütter, Herman; Carlson, Jon

    2004-09-01

    This paper outlines the development of a multi-disciplinary strategy to focus exploration for economic kimberlites on the Ekati property. High-resolution aeromagnetic data provide an over-arching spatial and magnetostratigraphic framework for exploration and kimberlite discovery at Ekati, and hence also for this investigation. The temporal, geomagnetic, spatial and related attributes of kimberlites with variable diamond content have been constrained by judiciously augmenting the information gathered during routine exploration with detailed, laboratory-based or field-based investigations. The natural remanent magnetisation of 36 Ekati kimberlites has been correlated with their age as determined by isotopic dating techniques, and placed in the context of a well-constrained geomagnetic polarity timescale. Kimberlite magmatism occurred over the period 75 to 45 Ma, in at least five temporally discrete intrusive episodes. Based on current evidence, the older kimberlites (75 to 59 Ma) have low diamond contents and are distributed throughout the property. Younger kimberlites (56 to 45 Ma) have moderate to high diamond contents and occur in three distinct intrusive corridors with NNE to NE orientations. Economic kimberlite pipes erupted at 55.4±0.4 Ma along the A154-Lynx intrusive corridor, which is 7 km wide and oriented at 015°, and at 53.2±0.3 Ma along the Panda intrusive corridor, which is 1 km wide and oriented at 038°. The intrusion ages straddle a paleopole reversal at Chron C24n, consistent with the observation that the older economic kimberlites present as aeromagnetic "low" anomalies while the younger economic pipes are characterised as aeromagnetic "highs". The aeromagnetic responses for these kimberlites are generally muted because they contain volcaniclastic rock types with low magnetic susceptibility. Kimberlites throughout the Ekati property carry a primary natural magnetic remanence (NRM) vector in Ti-bearing groundmass magnetite, and it dominates over

  12. Stratigraphy of the intra-crater volcaniclastic deposits of the Victor Northwest kimberlite, northern Ontario, Canada

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    van Straaten, Bram I.; Kopylova, M. G.; Russell, J. K.; Webb, K. J.; Smith, B. H. Scott

    2009-11-01

    The Victor Northwest (VNW) kimberlite is one of several steep-sided pipes in the Victor kimberlite complex. In this paper detailed logging of ~ 4.2 km of drill core and petrographic studies of hundreds of samples and thin sections are used to reconstruct the intra-crater stratigraphy of the VNW kimberlite and to constrain the emplacement history of the pipe. The results show that the VNW pipe comprises numerous contrasting small-volume volcanic facies, including dark and competent kimberlite, sedimentary country rock breccias, pyroclastic kimberlite and resedimented volcaniclastic kimberlite. We interpret that the VNW pipe was formed by two separate eruption cycles. During the first eruption cycle, the main VNW crater is excavated and partly filled. The second eruption cycle excavates a smaller nested crater within the existing lithified pipe fill. Both eruption cycles can be subdivided into three comparable stages. The first stage in both cycles comprises a highly explosive eruption involving crater excavation and deposition of pyroclastic kimberlite. The eruption products contain abundant broken olivines, small angular country rock fragments and kimberlite ash. All these features indicate high degrees of fragmentation resulting from high eruption intensities. The high proportion of country rock fragments in these deposits suggests continuous pipe wall erosion. The second stage in both cycles is represented by dark and competent deposits, which have low country rock fragment abundances and mostly intact olivines. Based on contact relationships and textures within these units it is suggested that these rock types are formed by lower energy eruptions, during which no major pipe wall erosion took place. The eruption came to an end during the third and last stage. In both cycles, the uppermost deposits record resedimentation of kimberlite by water. Major pipe wall collapse results in the formation of voluminous sedimentary country rock breccia deposits that cap all

  13. The origin of pelletal lapilli in explosive kimberlite eruptions.

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    Gernon, T M; Brown, R J; Tait, M A; Hincks, T K

    2012-01-01

    Kimberlites are volatile-rich magmas from mantle depths of ≥ 150  km and are the primary source of diamonds. Kimberlite volcanism involves the formation of diverging pipes or diatremes, which are the locus of high-intensity explosive eruptions. A conspicuous and previously enigmatic feature of diatreme fills are 'pelletal lapilli'--well-rounded clasts consisting of an inner 'seed' particle with a complex rim, thought to represent quenched juvenile melt. Here we show that these coincide with a transition from magmatic to pyroclastic behaviour, thus offering fundamental insights into eruption dynamics and constraints on vent conditions. We propose that pelletal lapilli are formed when fluid melts intrude into earlier volcaniclastic infill close to the diatreme root zone. Intensive degassing produces a gas jet in which locally scavenged particles are simultaneously fluidised and coated by a spray of low-viscosity melt. A similar origin may apply to pelletal lapilli in other alkaline volcanic rocks, including carbonatites, kamafugites and melilitites. PMID:22588294

  14. Nature and origin of eclogite xenoliths from kimberlites

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    Jacob, D. E.

    2004-09-01

    Eclogites from the Earth's mantle found in kimberlites provide important information on craton formation and ancient geodynamic processes because such eclogites are mostly Archean in age. They have equilibrated over a range of temperatures and pressures throughout the subcratonic mantle and some are diamond-bearing. Most mantle eclogites are bimineralic (omphacite and garnet) rarely with accessory rutiles. Contrary to their overall mineralogical simplicity, their broadly basaltic-picritic bulk compositions cover a large range and overlap with (but are not identical to) much younger lower grade eclogites from orogenic massifs. The majority of mantle eclogites have trace element geochemical features that require an origin from plagioclase-bearing protoliths and oxygen isotopic characteristics consistent with seawater alteration of oceanic crust. Therefore, most suites of eclogite xenoliths from kimberlites can be satisfactorily explained as samples of subducted oceanic crust. In contrast, eclogite xenoliths from Kuruman, South Africa and Koidu, Sierra Leone stem from protoliths that were picritic cumulates from intermediate pressures (1-2 Ga) and were subsequently transposed to higher pressures within the subcratonic mantle, consistent with craton growth via island arc collisions. None of the eclogite suites can be satisfactorily explained by an origin as high pressure cumulates from primary melts from garnet peridotite.

  15. Potential for diamond in kimberlites from Michigan and Montana as indicated by garnet xenocryst compositions

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    McGee, E.S.

    1988-01-01

    The Williams kimberlite in north-central Montana and the Lake Ellen kimberlite in northern Michigan contain diagnostic xenoliths and xenocrysts which indicate that diamonds may be present. To date, however, no diamonds have been reported from either locality. In this study, particular compositions of garnet xenocrysts which are associated with diamond elsewhere were sought as an indication of the potential for diamond in the Williams and Lake Ellen kimberlites. For this study, garnets were carefully selected for purple color in order to increase the chance of finding the subcalcic chrome-rich compositions that are associated with the presence of diamond. -Author

  16. Role of Volatiles in Kimberlite Ascent and Eruption

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    Russell, J. K.; Gordon, T. M.

    2009-05-01

    The unique aspect of kimberlite magmas is their potential for having high dissolved contents of primary volatiles (e.g., H2O and CO2) coupled to a high ascent rate. The high ascent rates help couple the exsolved fluid to the magma as it rises to the point of eruption. During ascent the system evolves from a system featuring 30-40% suspended solids in a silicate melt to a system that is volumetrically dominated by the exsolved fluids (due to exsolution and expansion). The physical-chemical properties of kimberlite melt govern the transport and eruption behaviour of kimberlite magmas. For example, exsolution of a CO2-H2O fluid phase provides a logical and efficient means of reducing magma density and promoting the buoyancy critical for rapid ascent and eruption. The composition of the exsolved fluid depends on the total dissolved fluid content of the melt as well as the T-P ascent path (e.g., Holloway & Blank 1994). Under conditions of equilibrium degassing (e.g., closed system), the original dissolved fluid content limits the range of fluid compositions produced during ascent. Under perfect fractional degassing (open system), increments of equilibrium fluid are released and "fractionated". Such situations arise when 2-phase flow (melt and gas) develops and the gas phase decouples from the host magma. Separated two-phase flow is likely to develop in kimberlite and allows for highly transient fluid compositions beginning with fluids extremely enriched in CO2, and ending with H2O-dominated fluid. The physical properties and behaviour of the fluids during ascent are, thus, constantly changing in response to the evolving fluid composition. Here we use computational models calibrated on experimental data for multicomponent melts (e.g., MELTS; Ghiorso & Sack 1995) saturated with a CO2-H2O fluid (e.g., Papale et al. 2006) to explore the physical-chemical properties of volatile-saturated kimberlite during ascent and eruption. The exsolved magmatic fluid is modelled as

  17. Kimberlite Wall Rock Fragmentation: Venetia K08 Pipe Development

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    Barnett, W.; Kurszlaukis, S.; Tait, M.; Dirks, P.

    2009-05-01

    Volcanic systems impose powerful disrupting forces on the country rock into which they intrude. The nature of the induced brittle deformation or fragmentation can be characteristic of the volcanic processes ongoing within the volcanic system, but are most typically partially removed or obscured by repeated, overprinting volcanic activity in mature pipes. Incompletely evolved pipes may therefore provide important evidence for the types and stages of wall rock fragmentation, and mechanical processes responsible for the fragmentation. Evidence for preserved stages of fragmentation is presented from a detailed study of the K08 pipe within the Cambrian Venetia kimberlite cluster, South Africa. This paper investigates the growth history of the K08 pipe and the mechanics of pipe development based on observations in the pit, drill core and thin sections, from geochemical analyses, particle size distribution analyses, and 3D modeling. Present open pit exposures of the K08 pipe comprise greater than 90% mega-breccia of country rock clasts (gneiss and schist) with <10% intruding, coherent kimberlite. Drill core shows that below about 225 m the CRB includes increasing quantities of kimberlite. The breccia clasts are angular, clast-supported with void or carbonate cement between the clasts. Average clast sizes define sub-horizontal layers tens of metres thick across the pipe. Structural and textural observations indicate the presence of zones of re-fragmentation or zones of brittle shearing. Breccia textural studies and fractal statistics on particle size distributions (PSD) is used to quantify sheared and non- sheared breccia zones. The calculated energy required to form the non-sheared breccia PSD implies an explosive early stage of fragmentation that pre-conditions the rock mass. The pre-conditioning would have been caused by explosions that are either phreatic or phreatomagmatic in nature. The explosions are likely to have been centered on a dyke, or pulses of preceding

  18. Thermodynamic Modelling of Volatiles in Kimberlite Ascent and Eruption

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    Russell, J. K.; Gordon, T. M.

    2009-04-01

    The unique aspect of kimberlite magmas is their potential for having high dissolved contents of primary volatiles (e.g., H2O + CO2 > 15 wt. %) coupled to a high ascent rate. The high ascent rates help couple the exsolved fluid to the magma as it rises to the point of eruption. During ascent the system evolves from a system featuring 30-40% suspended solids in a silicate melt to a system that is volumetrically dominated by the exsolved fluids (due to exsolution and expansion). The physical-chemical properties of kimberlite melt govern the transport and eruption behaviour of kimberlite magmas. For example, exsolution of a CO2-H2O fluid phase provides a logical and efficient means of reducing magma density and promoting the buoyancy critical for rapid ascent and eruption. The composition of the exsolved fluid depends on the total dissolved fluid content of the melt as well as the T-P ascent path. Under conditions of equilibrium degassing (e.g., closed system), the original dissolved fluid content limits the range of fluid compositions produced during ascent. Under perfect fractional degassing (open system), increments of equilibrium fluid are released and "fractionated". Such situations arise when 2-phase flow (melt and gas) develops and the gas phase decouples from the host magma. Separated two-phase flow is likely to develop in kimberlite and allows for highly transient fluid compositions beginning with fluids extremely enriched in CO2, and ending with H2O-dominated fluid. The physical properties and behaviour of the fluids during ascent are, thus, constantly changing in response to the evolving fluid composition. Here we use computational models calibrated on experimental data for multicomponent melts (e.g., MELTS; Ghiorso & Sack 1995) saturated with a CO2-H2O fluid (e.g., Papale et al. 2006) to explore the physical-chemical properties of volatile-saturated kimberlite during ascent and eruption. The exsolved magmatic fluid is modelled as mixtures of CO2 and H2O. No

  19. Picroilmenites in Yakutian kimberlites: variations and genetic models

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Alymova, N. V.; Logvinova, A. M.; Vladykin, N. V.; Kuligin, S. S.; Mityukhin, S. I.; Stegnitsky, Y. B.; Prokopyev, S. A.; Salikhov, R. F.; Palessky, V. S.; Khmel'nikova, O. S.

    2013-08-01

    Major and trace element variations in picroilmenites from Late Devonian kimberlite pipes in Siberia reveal similarities within the region in general, but show individual features for ilmenites from different fields and pipes. Empirical ilmenite thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010), as well as common methods of mantle thermobarometry and trace element geochemical modelling shows that long compositional trends for the ilmenites are a result of complex processes of polybaric fractionation of protokimberlite melts, accompanied by the interaction with mantle wall rocks and dissolution of previous wall rock and metasomatic associations. Evolution of picroilmenite's parental magmas was estimated for the three distinct phases of kimberlite activity from Yubileynaya and closely located Aprelskaya pipes showing heating and increase of Fe of mantle peridotites minerals from stage to stage and splitting of the magmatic system in the final stages. High pressure (5.5-7.0 GPa) Cr-bearing Mg-rich ilmenites (Group 1) reflect the conditions of high temperature metasomatic rocks at the base of the mantle lithosphere. Trace element patterns are enriched to 0.1-10/C1 and have flattened, spoon-like or S- or W-shaped REE patterns with Pb > 1. These result from melting and crystallization in melt - feeding channels in the base of the lithosphere, where high temperature dunite - harzburgites and pyroxenites were formed. Cr-poor ilmenite megacrysts (group2) trace the high temperature path of protokimberlites developed as result of fractional crystallization and wall rock assimilation during the creation of the feeder systems prior to the main kimberlite eruption. Inflections in ilmenite compositional trends probably reflect the mantle layering and pulsing melt intrusion during the melt migration within the channels. Group 2 ilmenites reveal inclined REE enriched patterns (10-100)/C1 with La/Ybn 10-25 similar to those derived from kimberlites, and HFSE peaks (typical megacrysts). A

  20. Picroilmenites in Yakutian kimberlites: variations and genetic models

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Alymova, N. V.; Logvinova, A. M.; Vladykin, N. V.; Kuligin, S. S.; Mityukhin, S. I.; Downes, H.; Stegnitsky, Yu. B.; Prokopiev, S. A.; Salikhov, R. F.; Palessky, V. S.; Khmel'nikova, O. S.

    2014-09-01

    Major and trace element variations in picroilmenites from Late Devonian kimberlite pipes in Siberia reveal similarities within the region in general, but show individual features for ilmenites from different fields and pipes. Empirical ilmenite thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010), as well as common methods of mantle thermobarometry and trace element geochemical modeling, shows long compositional trends for the ilmenites. These are a result of complex processes of polybaric fractionation of protokimberlite melts, accompanied by the interaction with mantle wall rocks and dissolution of previous wall rock and metasomatic associations. Evolution of the parental magmas for the picroilmenites was determined for the three distinct phases of kimberlite activity from Yubileynaya and nearby Aprelskaya pipes, showing heating and an increase of Fe# (Fe# = Fe / (Fe + Mg) a.u.) of mantle peridotite minerals from stage to stage and splitting of the magmatic system in the final stages. High-pressure (5.5-7.0 GPa) Cr-bearing Mg-rich ilmenites (group 1) reflect the conditions of high-temperature metasomatic rocks at the base of the mantle lithosphere. Trace element patterns are enriched to 0.1-10/relative to primitive mantle (PM) and have flattened, spoon-like or S- or W-shaped rare earth element (REE) patterns with Pb > 1. These result from melting and crystallization in melt-feeding channels in the base of the lithosphere, where high-temperature dunites, harzburgites and pyroxenites were formed. Cr-poor ilmenite megacrysts (group 2) trace the high-temperature path of protokimberlites developed as result of fractional crystallization and wall rock assimilation during the creation of the feeder systems prior to the main kimberlite eruption. Inflections in ilmenite compositional trends probably reflect the mantle layering and pulsing melt intrusion during melt migration within the channels. Group 2 ilmenites have inclined REE enriched patterns (10-100)/PM with La / Ybn ~ 10

  1. Mineralogical zoning of the diamondiferous areas: Application experience of paragenetic analysis of garnets from kimberlites

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    Samdanov, D. A.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Tychkov, N. S.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2016-03-01

    Paragenetic analysis of pyropes from alluvial deposits of the Muna—Markha interfluve (Sakha-Yakutia Republic) made it possible to distinguish relatively uniform areas that are promising for the discovery of kimberlite bodies.

  2. Diamond resource potential of kimberlites from the Zimny Bereg field, Arkhangel'sk oblast

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    Kononova, V. A.; Golubeva, Yu. Yu.; Bogatikov, O. A.; Kargin, A. V.

    2007-12-01

    Kimberlites with different diamond grades from the Zolotitsa, Verkhotina, and Kepina occurrences of the Zimny Bereg field (Arkangel’sk oblast) have been compared in order to ascertain geochemical criteria of their diamond resource potential. A new collection of 21 core samples taken within a depth interval of 207 940 m from nine boreholes drilled in the central and western portions of the high-grade diamond-bearing Grib kimberlite pipe was subjected to comprehensive petrographic and geochemical examination, including Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes and trace elements determined with ICP-MS. The compositional variations in kimberlites are controlled by the structural types of rocks. Porphyritic kimberlite (PK) distinctly differs from autolithic kimberlite breccia (AKB). Autoliths (Av) and PK are enriched in Th, U, Nb, Ta, La, Ce, Pr, P, Nd, Sm, Eu, Ti, LREE, and MREE, whereas HREE contents are rather uniform in all types of kimberlites. No lateral zoning was observed in pipes pertaining to the same structural type. The composition of kimberlites in the Zimny Bereg field and their diamond resource potential are variable. In the series of the Zolotitsa, Verkhotina, and Kepina occurrences, the Ti content increases, the La/Yb ratio grows from 18 44 to 70 130, and the diamond grade diminishes in the Kepina occurrence. The variations in kimberlite compositions are considered in terms of the degree of partial melting in the mantle, the role of volatiles, etc. As follows from the variation in the Ce/Y ratio, kimberlites from the Zolotitsa occurrence were formed at a lower degree of partial melting in comparison with the Kepina occurrence. Products of different degrees of partial melting are recognized within the Grib pipe; Av were likely formed at a somewhat higher degree of melting than AKB. An appreciable isotopic heterogeneity of the mantle is recorded in variable Nd and Sr isotopic compositions of kimberlites. The Kepina kimberlites were derived from a source slightly

  3. The internal geology and emplacement history of the Renard 2 kimberlite, Superior Province, Quebec, Canada

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    Fitzgerald, C. E.; Hetman, C. M.; Lepine, I.; Skelton, D. S.; McCandless, T. E.

    2009-11-01

    The Renard 2 kimberlite is located in the Otish Mountains region of Quebec, Canada and is one of the largest pipes in the Renard cluster. The cluster consists of nine kimberlite bodies and was discovered in 2001 by Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. and its joint venture partner SOQUEM Inc. Renard 2 was emplaced into Archean meta-greywacke derived migmatite, gneiss and granite of the Opinaca Subprovince of the eastern Superior Province at approximately 640.5 ± 2.8 Ma. An undetermined amount of erosion has occurred since emplacement with the present surface expression of the pipe estimated to be 0.75 ha. This kimberlite is interpreted as a steep-sided diatreme with minor irregularities in the external shape. The dominant infill is a massive volcaniclastic kimberlite (MVK) that is classified as tuffisitic kimberlite breccia (TKB) and is characterized by a high proportion of granitoid country rock xenoliths. A second dominant infill is a texturally complex, less diluted coherent kimberlite (CK) characterized locally by a transitional textures between CK and TKB. Surrounding the diatreme is a significant zone of variable width comprised of extensively brecciated country rock (+/-kimberlite) and referred to as marginal breccia. In addition to the two main rock types infilling the pipe, a number of hypabyssal kimberlite (HK) dykes and irregular shaped intrusions occur throughout the body, along the pipe contacts, within the marginal breccia and in the surrounding country rock. Geological features displayed by Renard 2 are similar to those described from Class 1 kimberlites of the Kimberley area of South Africa, the Gahcho Kué cluster of Canada and the Pimenta Bueno kimberlite field of Brazil. The economic evaluation of Renard 2 is in progress and to date has included extensive diamond and reverse circulation drilling as well as the collection of an underground bulk sample. Results from material sampled from Renard 2, including a 2449 tonne bulk sample, suggest Renard 2 has

  4. Spatial patterns in the distribution of kimberlites: relationship to tectonic processes and lithosphere structure

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    Chemia, Zurab; Artemieva, Irina; Thybo, Hans

    2015-04-01

    Since the discovery of diamonds in kimberlite-type rocks more than a century ago, a number of theories regarding the processes involved in kimberlite emplacement have been put forward to explain the unique properties of kimberlite magmatism. Geological data suggests that pre-existing lithosphere weakness zones may control the spatial patterns of kimberlites, but this hypothesis has never been tested by geophysical methods. As the first step in our analysis of tectonic and lithosphere control of kimberlite-type magmatism, we perform a detailed global analysis of the spatial patterns of kimberlites, and present the first results. The analysis is based on the assumption that the kimberlite emplacement is a two-stage process, and the two stages are controlled by the crustal and lithospheric mantle rheologies, respectively. Stage 1 includes the first-order, lithosphere-scale process that initiate the rise of kimberlite melts through the lithospheric mantle, which forms the major pipe. Stage 2 (second-order process) begins when the major pipe splits into daughter sub-pipes (tree-like pattern) at crustal depths. We apply cluster analysis to the spatial distribution of all known kimberlite fields with the goal of establishing characteristic scales for the stage 1 and stage 2 processes. To reveal similarities between the kimberlite data we use the density-based clustering technique, such as density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN), which is efficient for large data sets, requires one input parameter, and can deal with clusters of any shape. The results indicate that characteristic scales for the stage 2 are almost globally uniform and thus are almost independent of the structure and the mantle lithosphere. In contrast, the characteristic scales for stage 1 (lithosphere-scale process) that initiate the rise of kimberlite melts through the lithospheric mantle forms the major pipes with characteristic distance ranging from 100 to 300 km and are

  5. Diamonds in an upper mantle peridotite nodule from kimberlite in southern wyoming

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    McCallum, M.E.; Eggler, D.H.

    1976-01-01

    Diamonds in a serpentinized garnet peridotite nodule from a diatreme in southern Wyoming are the first known occurrence in an upper mantle peridotite xenolith from a kimberlite intrusion in North America as well as the second authenticated occurrence of diamonds from kimberlite pipes in North America. The nodule is believed to have come from a section of depleted (partially melted) Iherzolite at a depth of 130 to 180 kilometers.

  6. Abundance and distribution of mineral components associated with Moses Rock (kimberlite) diatreme

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    Mustard, J. F.; Pieters, C. M.

    1986-01-01

    The surface mineralogy in and around Moses Rock diatreme, a kimberlite-bearing dike in SW Utah, was examined using internally calibrated Airborne Imaging Spectrometer (AIS) data. Distinct near-infrared absorption characteristics of clays, gypsum, and serpentine (a key marker for kinberlite concentration) allowed the surface units containing these components to be identified spatially and the relative abundance of each component measured. Within the dike itself, channels and dispersed components of kimberlite and blocks of country rocks were accurately determined.

  7. Diamonds in an upper mantle peridotite nodule from kimberlite in southern wyoming.

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    McCallum, M E; Eggler, D H

    1976-04-16

    Diamonds in a serpentinized garnet peridotite nodule from a diatreme in southern Wyoming are the first known occurrence in an upper mantle peridotite xenolith from a kimberlite intrusion in North America as well as the second authenticated occurrence of diamonds from kimberlite pipes in North America. The nodule is believed to have come from a section of depleted (partially melted) lherzolite at a depth of 130 to 180 kilometers. PMID:17831161

  8. Kimberlitic olivines derived from the Cr-poor and Cr-rich megacryst suites

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    Moore, Andy; Costin, Gelu

    2016-08-01

    Reversed-zoned olivines (Fe-richer cores compared to rims), appear to be ubiquitous in kimberlites with a wide distribution. These olivines generally comprise a subordinate population relative to the dominant normally zoned olivines. However, they are notably more abundant in the megacryst-rich mid-Cretaceous Monastery and early Proterozoic Colossus kimberlites, located on the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe cratons, respectively. The reverse-zoned olivines at these two localities define compositional fields that are closely similar to those for two olivine megacryst populations of the Cr-poor association which have been documented in the Monastery kimberlite. This points to a genetic link between megacrysts and the reversed zoned olivines. The ubiquitous, occurrence of the Fe-rich (relative to the field for rims) olivines in kimberlites with a wide geographic distribution in turn argues for an intimate link between megacrysts and the host kimberlite. Some large olivines have inclusions of rounded Cr-rich clinopyroxenes, garnets and/or spinel, characterized by fine-scale, erratic internal compositional zoning. Olivines with such chemically heterogeneous Cr-rich inclusions are not derived from disaggregated mantle peridotites, but are rather linked to the Cr-rich megacryst suite. Consequently, they cannot be used as evidence that cores of a majority of kimberlitic olivines are derived from disaggregated mantle peridotites.

  9. The geology and emplacement history of the Pigeon kimberlite, EKATI Diamond Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada

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    Crawford, Barbara; Hetman, Casey; Nowicki, Tom; Baumgartner, Mike; Harrison, Sara

    2009-11-01

    The Pigeon kimberlite is located approximately 6 km to the northwest of the Koala cluster of the EKATI Diamond Mine, and is presently one of ten kimberlite occurrences in the EKATI resource development plan. It was emplaced along a regional lithological contact between syn-Yellowknife Supergroup granitoid rocks and Yellowknife Supergroup metasedimentary rocks that were covered by a now eroded veneer of poorly consolidated muddy sediments. Detailed age dating has not been undertaken, however the emplacement age is inferred from sedimentary xenoliths present within the pipe to range between 45-75 Ma. Pigeon is a small kimberlite body, estimated to be approximately 3.5 ha at surface, consisting of a steep-sided pipe that can be separated into four main geological domains that are characterized by contrasting textures, different diamond characteristics and unique mineral abundance and compositional signatures. The uppermost portion of the body consists of mud-rich resedimented volcaniclastic kimberlite that was formed by the deposition of extra crater deposits by debris flow type processes into an open diatreme. Texturally complex kimberlite is present within the lower portion of the kimberlite and includes rocks that display a range of features consistent with coherent (magmatic) and less common volcaniclastic (fragmental) rocks. This texturally complex zone is interpreted to represent a clastogenic deposit formed by a low energy eruption within an open diatreme.

  10. The first allanite-bearing eclogite xenolith in kimberlite

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    Trojman-Nichols, S.; Heaman, L.

    2015-12-01

    Here we report the first allanite-bearing mantle eclogite xenolith, entrained in the 173 Ma Jericho kimberlite pipe, located in the Slave craton, northwestern Canada. This eclogite is unique among the other Jericho eclogites by an extreme LREE enrichment in all phases, and garnet alteration rims that are more calcic than the garnet cores. Allanite is an abundant accessory phase, present as dull orange, subhedral crystals. Other minerals in the paragenesis are garnet, clinopyroxene, apatite and sulfides; two compositionally and texturally distinct generations of phlogopite constitute a secondary paragenesis where allanite is no longer stable. Allanite in this sample is La-, Ce- and Th- rich, with concentrations at the weight % level, while Y is only present at the relatively low concentration of ~100 ppm. Electron backscatter imaging reveals complex zonation within the allanite crystals that is off-centre, non-symmetric, and patchy. It is often asserted that eclogite xenoliths represent subducted oceanic lithosphere, despite significant differences in the composition and mineralogy between mantle-derived eclogite xenoliths and eclogite massif material. Both types of eclogite occurrences can contain quartz/coesite; massif eclogites often have small, sparse allanite inclusions, but allanite has never been reported in eclogite xenoliths in kimberlite. Allanite in massif eclogite is thought to form during subduction by the break-down of lawsonite and the incorporation of LREE into zoisite. Lawsonite breaks down into grossular and H20 at high pressures, which may explain the anomalous high-Ca rims measured in some garnets in this sample. This allanite-bearing eclogite may provide an unprecedented window for exploring a crucial stage of eclogite metamorphism and fluid mobilization in subduction zones. In addition, the U-Pb systematics currently under investigation may constrain the age of eclogitization.

  11. Diamonds from the V. Grib pipe, Arkhangelsk kimberlite province, Russia

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    Rubanova, E. V.; Palazhchenko, O. V.; Garanin, V. K.

    2009-11-01

    A large collection (717 samples) of diamonds from the V. Grib deposit, discovered in 1996 in the Verhotinskoe field of the Arkhangelsk kimberlite province, was studied. The diamond crystals are characterized by high transparency and preservation. The collection consists of complete crystals (71%), chipped and damaged crystals (preservation > 50%; 14%), and fragments (preservation < 50%; 15%). Resorption is generally moderate resulting in a dominance of octahedral and mixed octahedral-dodecahedral shapes. Moderate resorption points to rapid ascent of the transporting kimberlite magma. A characteristic feature of V. Grib is a large number of green diamonds. This may relate to the close proximity of radioactive deposits. Microscopic green surface spots have no cathodoluminescence. The internal diamond morphology was studied by UV- and cathodoluminescence. The main typomorphic feature of diamond crystals from the V. Grib pipe is a high percentage of crystals without UV-luminescence. Presence of sectorial growth was also identified by luminescence. Analysis of mineral inclusions, carbon isotopic composition, nitrogen content and nitrogen aggregation state provided important genetic information. Peridotitic inclusions (olivine, chromian spinel and pyrope) predominate, sulfides are almost completely absent. The carbon isotopic composition of the host diamonds is typical for peridotitic diamonds worldwide. IR-spectroscopy suggests the presence of two diamond populations with low and high nitrogen concentrations. Three sub-populations may be identified based on a combination of morphology, nitrogen and hydrogen defects. Residence temperatures ( TNitrogen), based on a mantle residence time of 3 Ga, fall between 1050 and 1170 °C. Diamond crystallization in V. Grib occurred in multiple stages. This is documented through luminescence patterns, data on nitrogen concentration and aggregation state, and the presence of "diamond-in-diamond" inclusions.

  12. Kimberlitic sources of super-deep diamonds in the Juina area, Mato Grosso State, Brazil

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    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Sablukov, Sergei M.; Belousova, Elena A.; Andreazza, Paulo; Tremblay, Mousseau; Griffin, William L.

    2010-01-01

    The Juina diamond field, in the 1970-80s, was producing up to 5-6 million carats per year from rich placer deposits, but no economic primary deposits had been found in the area. In 2006-2007, Diagem Inc. discovered a group of diamondiferous kimberlitic pipes within the Chapadão Plateau (Chapadão, or Pandrea cluster), at the head of a drainage system which has produced most of the alluvial diamonds mined in the Juina area. Diamonds from placer deposits and newly discovered kimberlites are identical; they have super-deep origins from the upper-mantle and transition zone. Field observations and petrographic studies have identified crater-facies kimberlitic material at seven separate localities. Kimberlitic material is represented by tuffs, tuffisites and various epiclastic sediments containing chrome spinel, picroilmenite, manganoan ilmenite, zircon and diamond. The diamond grade varies from 0.2-1.8 ct/m 3. Chrome spinel has 30-61 wt.% Cr 2O 3. Picroilmenite contains 6-14 wt.% MgO and 0.2-4 wt.% Cr 2O 3. Manganoan ilmenite has less than 3 wt.% MgO and 0.38-1.41 wt.% MnO. The 176Hf/ 177Hf ratio in kimberlitic zircons is 0.028288-0.28295 with ɛHf = 5.9-8.3, and lies on the average kimberlite trend between depleted mantle and CHUR. The previously known barren and weakly diamondiferous kimberlites in the Juina area have ages of 79-80 Ma. In contrast, zircons from the newly discovered Chapadão kimberlites have a mean 206Pb/ 238U age of 93.6 ± 0.4 Ma, corresponding to a time of magmatic activity related to the opening of the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The most likely mechanism of the origin of kimberlitic magma is super-deep subduction process that initiated partial melting of zones in lower mantle with subsequent ascent of proto-kimberlitic magma.

  13. Argon isotopic studies of minerals in kimberlites, mantle xenoliths and diamonds, from selected southern African localities

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    Phillips, D.

    1989-01-01

    The occurrence, composition, behavior and origin of excess argon components, in mantle phases hosted by southern African kimberlites, is evaluated using furnace step-heating and laser-probe analytical techniques. Laser-probe {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar analyses of phlogopite from the swartruggens kimberlite dyke (145 Ma), and Premier diatreme ({approximately}1200 Ma) lherzolite xenoliths, yielded apparent ages decreasing from high ages at grain centres to values approaching the age of kimberlite intrusion, along grain margins. The old apparent ages are attributed excess radiogenic argon, with high {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar ratios (> 15,000), incorporated prior to kimberlite intrusion under conditions of locally high argon partial pressure. The preservation of the excess argon components is dependent on the timing of melt devolatilization, temperature, cooling rate and the characteristic radius for argon diffusion. Swartruggens phlogopite grains also display chlorine zonations, measured by a neutron activation technique and the laser probe. Fluorine contents, determined by electron microprobe were uniform. Halogen analyses of Premier xenolith phlogopite revealed minor variations. {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar laser-probe analyses of eclogitic suite clinopyroxene inclusions in diamonds from the Premier kimberlite yielded an age of 1198 {plus minus} 6 Ma, indistinguishable from the inferred time of intrusion of the host kimberlite ({approximately}1200 Ma). This implies diamond formation synchronous with, or no more than {approximately}20 Ma before kimberlite generation. The associated initial {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar ratio of 334 {plus minus} 50 is similar to the present day atmospheric composition. It is suggested that late-stage equilibration with {sup 36}Ar-rich fluids, derived either from primordial mantle, or from subducted atmospheric argon, is the most likely explanation for this low {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar value.

  14. The Carolina kimberlite, Brazil — Insights into an unconventional diamond deposit

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    Hunt, Lucy; Stachel, Thomas; Morton, Roger; Grütter, Herman; Creaser, Robert A.

    2009-11-01

    The diamondiferous Carolina kimberlite (Rondônia State, Brazil) is located within Proterozoic basement rocks (1.8 to 1.2 Ga) of the Amazon Craton. This "unconventional" post-Archean setting is consistent with a lack of harzburgitic (G10) garnets in heavy media concentrate from the kimberlite. Diamonds from Carolina have high nitrogen contents and in part highly negative carbon isotopic values suggesting derivation predominantly from eclogitic portions of the underlying lithospheric mantle. This is consistent with the abundance and chemistry of eclogitic garnet xenocrysts, which make up 13% of the garnets analysed: just over half of the eclogitic garnets classify as Group I (> 0.07 wt.% Na 2O), which is considered to be an indication of good diamond potential. Based on nitrogen contents and aggregation states, the majority of the Carolina diamonds indicate time averaged residence temperatures between 1100 and 1150 °C (at 1.5 Ga mantle residence). Platelet degradation was noted in the majority of diamonds, suggesting that their mantle source was affected by a transient heating event. Geothermobarometry on clinopyroxene grains derived from both surficial samples and kimberlite core indicates two distinct model geotherms: a hot "Somerset Island type" geotherm (44 mW/m 2), and a colder "Slave type" geotherm (38 mW/m 2). Grains from the kimberlite drill core exclusively reflect the lower model geotherm, whereas clinopyroxenes from surficial samples depict both gradients. Given the Triassic age (230 Ma, Rb-Sr model age on phlogopite) of the Carolina kimberlite, it is speculated that a younger generation of Cretaceous-Tertiary kimberlites in the Pimenta Bueno area may represent the source of "hotter" mantle xenocrysts seen in surficial samples. The implied change in geotherm reflects a large scale, possibly plume related, heating episode occurring between the two kimberlite events (i.e. between the Jurassic and Cretaceous) that may relate to the opening of the South

  15. Geophysical signatures of some recently discovered large (> 40 ha) kimberlite pipes on the Alto Cuilo concession in northeastern Angola

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    Pettit, Wayne

    2009-11-01

    This paper presents a comparison of geophysical responses from several large kimberlite complexes discovered and delineated on the Alto Cuilo concession in the diamond fields of northeastern Angola in the years 2005 to 2008. Several geophysical methods were used in combination with geochemical and mineralogical prioritization techniques to guide exploratory, delineation and bulk sample drilling, in order to rapidly identify and evaluate the kimberlite bodies. The kimberlites were emplaced through Karoo Supergroup sandstones and shales, have eruption ages contemporaneous with the sand-dominated Cretaceous-age Calonda Formation, and are covered by sand-dominated poorly consolidated sediments of the Kalahari Group. Given that sand-dominated non-kimberlite lithologies are magnetically transparent, a low level, high resolution helicopter-borne magnetic gradiometer survey proved to be exceptionally effective in discriminating kimberlite targets, even for low-amplitude anomalies (e.g. 1-2 nT). The helicopter magnetic data outlined approximately 244 probable kimberlite targets and drilling of 103 targets confirmed 80 new kimberlites greater than 5 ha in area. Most kimberlites take the form of well-preserved crater edifices containing a full range of crater-related kimberlite lithologies. Ground gravity and electromagnetic surveys were conducted over all kimberlites prioritized for follow-up investigation. Geophysical responses were ground-truthed against magnetic susceptibility and density measurements, which were routinely collected on all drill cores. The geophysical signatures resolved by the three independent geophysical methods were surprisingly variable and are inferred to be sourced primarily in the crater facies materials, which demonstrate characteristically variable lithologies. Geophysical interpretations guided the drill targeting at all stages of the program at Alto Cuilo, from exploration to evaluation. Combined with geochemical and mineralogical

  16. Ultrafresh salty kimberlite of the Udachnaya-East pipe (Yakutia, Russia): A petrological oddity or fortuitous discovery?

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    Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Kamenetsky, Maya B.; Golovin, Alexander V.; Sharygin, Victor V.; Maas, Roland

    2012-11-01

    An ultrabasic/ultramafic composition of kimberlite magmas is difficult to reconcile with existing models of the kimberlite mantle source and melting conditions, inferred magma temperatures and rheological properties, and the style of magma ascent and emplacement. The inconsistencies in current thinking indicate serious flaws in understanding kimberlite magma compositions. Much of the uncertainty over true kimberlite compositions may stem from almost ubiquitous hydration and leaching of kimberlite rocks. This study presents petrographic and geochemical data for kimberlite samples largely unaffected by postmagmatic modification, from the Devonian Udachnaya-East pipe in Siberia. These samples are unusually enriched in chlorine and sodium, yet they are essentially anhydrous. These features are consistent with the phase composition of the groundmass which is dominated by minerals such as Na-Ca carbonates, Na-K chlorides and sulphates which appear to be - in our samples - co-magmatic with common silicates and oxides, but are unknown in other kimberlites, or rarely found within magmatic assemblages. We suggest that a kimberlite parent melt of essentially non-silicate composition, with high concentrations of alkalis, CO2 and Cl may be a viable alternative to the currently favoured water-rich, high-Mg model primary melt. Entrainment of mantle silicates into such a melt en route to the surface, followed by gravitational accumulation of mantle olivine and liquidus oxides (perovskite, Cr-spinel) at the bottom of vertically extensive magma bodies after emplacement, would explain the observed properties of kimberlite magma/rock, notably enrichment in olivine and trace elements in the hypabyssal kimberlite facies. A carbonate melt composition would retain attributes of the standard model such as trace element enrichment via low degrees of partial melting, it would explain low temperatures of crystallisation and the exceptional rheological properties that enable kimberlite primary

  17. Are Monogenetic Basaltic Explosive Volcanoes Good Analogues for Explosive Kimberlite Volcanoes?

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    Cas, R. A.

    2009-05-01

    There is uncertainty as to the nature of kimberlite volcanoes because the edifices of ancient kimberlite volcanoes have been largely eroded. Monogenetic basaltic explosive volcanoes, such as scoria or cinder cones and maars, are often proposed as good analogues for kimberlite volcanoes. Basaltic scoria or cinder cones form from explosive eruptions driven by exsolving magmatic gases. The sparsity of country rock xenoliths in the deposits of scoria cones indicates the explosive fragmentation surface lay at or above the pre- eruption ground surface in the vent and conduit system, and therefore a sub-surface diatreme or pipe-like conduit cannot be formed. Basaltic scoria cones are therefore not good analogues for most kimberlite pipes and volcanoes. By contrast, the volcaniclastic kimberlite pipe fill of most kimberlite pipes contains a significant proportion of country rock xenolith and xenocryst debris (10 to 50 modal percent or more), indicating that the fragmentation surface lay below the ground surface, and this was responsible for explosively excavating the subsurface diatreme or pipe like conduit. Some authors propose that this is consistent with kimberlite pipes being the remains of maar volcanoes. The deposits of maar volcanoes usually contain substantial country rock debris suggesting excavation of a significant subsurface conduit has occurred. Maar forming explosive eruptions are phreatomagmatic, driven in large part by explosive superheating of ground water as magma passes upwards through a shallow crustal aquifer. The deposits however commonly show two key characteristics, base surge deposits and accretionary lapilli. Although these occur in some kimberlite deposits, attesting to the occurrence of phreatomagmatic explosive activity in those kimberlite volcanoes, in the absence of such features occurring universally in kimberlite pipes, it is difficult to support a maar volcanic model for kimberlite pipes. If the volatile content in a rising magma is high

  18. Temperature and pressure dependences of kimberlite melts viscosity (experimental-theoretical study)

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    Persikov, Eduard; Bykhtiyarov, Pavel; Cokol, Alexsander

    2016-04-01

    Experimental data on temperature and pressure dependences of viscosity of model kimberlite melts (silicate 82 + carbonate 18, wt. %, 100NBO/T = 313) have been obtained for the first time at 100 MPa of CO2 pressure and at the lithostatic pressures up to 7.5 GPa in the temperature range 1350 oC - 1950 oC using radiation high gas pressure apparatus and press free split-sphere multi - anvil apparatus (BARS). Experimental data obtained on temperature and pressure dependences of viscosity of model kimberlite melts at moderate and high pressures is compared with predicted data on these dependences of viscosity of basaltic melts (100NBO/T = 58) in the same T, P - range. Dependences of the viscosity of model kimberlite and basaltic melts on temperature are consistent to the exponential Arrenian equation in the T, P - range of experimental study. The correct values of activation energies of viscous flow of kimberlite melts have been obtained for the first time. The activation energies of viscous flow of model kimberlite melts exponentially increase with increasing pressure and are equal: E = 130 ± 1.3 kJ/mole at moderate pressure (P = 100 MPa) and E = 160 ± 1.6 kJ/mole at high pressure (P = 5.5 GPa). It has been established too that the viscosity of model kimberlite melts exponentially increases on about half order of magnitude with increasing pressures from 100 MPa to 7.5 GPa at the isothermal condition (1800 oC). It has been established that viscosity of model kimberlite melts at the moderate pressure (100 MPa) is lover on about one order of magnitude to compare with the viscosity of basaltic melts, but at high pressure range (5.5 - 7.5 GPa), on the contrary, is higher on about half order of magnitude at the same values of the temperatures. Here we use both a new experimental data on viscosity of kimberlite melts and our structural chemical model for calculation and prediction the viscosity of magmatic melts [1] to determine the fundamental features of viscosity of

  19. Identification of kimberlite bodies in Brazil from a 3D audio-magnetotelluric survey

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    De Lugao, P. P.; Eric, C. D. O.; Loureiro, F. O.; Arantes, P. R.; Pastana, A. F.

    2015-12-01

    We report on a succesfull identification of kimberlite bodies in Brazil through the use of the electromagnetic technique audio-magnetotelluric (AMT). Macnae (1979) writes that "In one large survey in South Africa, electromagnetic (EM) techniques have proven to be remarkably effective in detecting the presence of weathered clays or epiclastic kimberlite contained within the pipes." Full tensor AMT data were acquired at 65 points (stations) in a 3D configuration with frequencies ranging from 10kHz to 1Hz. The survey was located in the NW portion of the Mato Grosso state, Brazil, in na area of thick jungle coverage. During the AMT survey, few outcrops were seen because of the dense forest cover. Usually, the occurrences found were of sand deposits, indicating the occurence of Fazenda Casa Branca and Utiariti Formations and gravel from Salto das Nuvens Formation, widely used in paving trails n this region. In the area of the survey, three main targets were confirmed/identified: Kimberlite Area 1 - a classic kimberlite in the region, with the crater facies with different clasts and distinct size. We noted the occurrence of a red-brown soil and an unusual vegetation in this area. The resistivity model provided confirmed the presence of Kimberlite Area 1 and was used to identify other two areas. Area of Interest 1 - area with atypical vegetation along a trail. There is an excavation that displays soil of white color with several blocks present, there are small quartz crystal agglomerates in these blocks. The resistivity model cleary shows a conductive body here, indicative of the presence of a kimberlite. Area of Interest 2 - the presence of a kimberlite was confirmed, not exactly where the targeted Area 2 was, but the southwest of it. Close to this area, there was a very fine rock and a few blocks of pure silica, probably indicating a kimberlitic intrusion. In summary, the 3D resistivity model in depth obtained from inversion of the AMT data confirmed and identified

  20. The evolution of calcite-bearing kimberlites by melt-rock reaction: evidence from polymineralic inclusions within clinopyroxene and garnet megacrysts from Lac de Gras kimberlites, Canada

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    Bussweiler, Y.; Stone, R. S.; Pearson, D. G.; Luth, R. W.; Stachel, T.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.; Menzies, A.

    2016-07-01

    Megacrystic (>1 cm) clinopyroxene (Cr-diopside) and garnet (Cr-pyrope) xenocrysts within kimberlites from Lac de Gras (Northwest Territories, Canada) contain fully crystallized melt inclusions. These `polymineralic inclusions' have previously been interpreted to form by necking down of melts at mantle depths. We present a detailed petrographical and geochemical investigation of polymineralic inclusions and their host crystals to better understand how they form and what they reveal about the evolution of kimberlite melt. Genetically, the megacrysts are mantle xenocrysts with peridotitic chemical signatures indicating an origin within the lithospheric mantle (for the Cr-diopsides studied here ~4.6 GPa, 1015 °C). Textural evidence for disequilibrium between the host crystals and their polymineralic inclusions (spongy rims in Cr-diopside, kelyphite in Cr-pyrope) is consistent with measured Sr isotopic disequilibrium. The preservation of disequilibrium establishes a temporal link to kimberlite eruption. In Cr-diopsides, polymineralic inclusions contain phlogopite, olivine, chromite, serpentine, and calcite. Abundant fluid inclusion trails surround the inclusions. In Cr-pyropes, the inclusions additionally contain Al-spinel, clinopyroxene, and dolomite. The major and trace element compositions of the inclusion phases are generally consistent with the early stages of kimberlite differentiation trends. Extensive chemical exchange between the host phases and the inclusions is indicated by enrichment of the inclusions in major components of the host crystals, such as Cr2O3 and Al2O3. This chemical evidence, along with phase equilibria constraints, supports the proposal that the inclusions within Cr-diopside record the decarbonation reaction: dolomitic melt + diopside → forsterite + calcite + CO2, yielding the observed inclusion mineralogy and producing associated (CO2-rich) fluid inclusions. Our study of polymineralic inclusions in megacrysts provides clear mineralogical

  1. Pristine Early Eocene Wood Buried Deeply in Kimberlite from Northern Canada

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    Wolfe, Alexander P.; Csank, Adam Z.; Reyes, Alberto V.; McKellar, Ryan C.; Tappert, Ralf; Muehlenbachs, Karlis

    2012-01-01

    We report exceptional preservation of fossil wood buried deeply in a kimberlite pipe that intruded northwestern Canada’s Slave Province 53.3±0.6 million years ago (Ma), revealed during excavation of diamond source rock. The wood originated from forest surrounding the eruption zone and collapsed into the diatreme before resettling in volcaniclastic kimberlite to depths >300 m, where it was mummified in a sterile environment. Anatomy of the unpermineralized wood permits conclusive identification to the genus Metasequoia (Cupressaceae). The wood yields genuine cellulose and occluded amber, both of which have been characterized spectroscopically and isotopically. From cellulose δ18O and δ2H measurements, we infer that Early Eocene paleoclimates in the western Canadian subarctic were 12–17°C warmer and four times wetter than present. Canadian kimberlites offer Lagerstätte-quality preservation of wood from a region with limited alternate sources of paleobotanical information. PMID:23029080

  2. Pristine Early Eocene wood buried deeply in kimberlite from northern Canada.

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    Wolfe, Alexander P; Csank, Adam Z; Reyes, Alberto V; McKellar, Ryan C; Tappert, Ralf; Muehlenbachs, Karlis

    2012-01-01

    We report exceptional preservation of fossil wood buried deeply in a kimberlite pipe that intruded northwestern Canada's Slave Province 53.3±0.6 million years ago (Ma), revealed during excavation of diamond source rock. The wood originated from forest surrounding the eruption zone and collapsed into the diatreme before resettling in volcaniclastic kimberlite to depths >300 m, where it was mummified in a sterile environment. Anatomy of the unpermineralized wood permits conclusive identification to the genus Metasequoia (Cupressaceae). The wood yields genuine cellulose and occluded amber, both of which have been characterized spectroscopically and isotopically. From cellulose δ(18)O and δ(2)H measurements, we infer that Early Eocene paleoclimates in the western Canadian subarctic were 12-17°C warmer and four times wetter than present. Canadian kimberlites offer Lagerstätte-quality preservation of wood from a region with limited alternate sources of paleobotanical information. PMID:23029080

  3. Composition of primary kimberlite magma: constraints from melting and diamond dissolution experiments

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    Sokol, A. G.; Khokhryakov, A. F.; Palyanov, Yu. N.

    2015-09-01

    Experiments are applied to constrain the composition of primary kimberlitic magmas which were in equilibrium with lithospheric peridotite and could resorb the entrained diamond to form typical dissolution features. The experiments are run on samples of a model carbonatite and a melt of the Udachnaya kimberlite at 6.3 GPa and 1400 °C, and at unbuffered or Re-ReO2-buffered oxygen fugacity (1-2 log units above Ni-NiO). Near-liquidus dry Fe3+-free carbonatitic melt (derived from carbonated harzburgite) is saturated with the Ol-Grt-Opx-Mgs assemblage and is almost inert to diamond. Carbonatitic melts that bear 4.6-6.8 wt% Fe2O3 or 1.5 wt% H2O are in equilibrium only with Mgs ± Ol near the liquidus. Dissolution of diamond by these melts produces surface textures uncommon (corrosion sculptures) or common (negative-oriented trigons, shield-shaped laminae and elongate hillocks) to kimberlitic diamonds. The near-liquidus melt of the Udachnaya kimberlite (Yakutia) with 10-12 wt% H2O is saturated with the Ol-Grt-Cpx assemblage and may result from melting of carbonated garnet-bearing wehrlite. Hydrous kimberlitic melt likewise resorbs diamonds forming typical negative-oriented trigons, shield-shaped laminae and elongate hillocks on their surfaces. Therefore, the melts that could originate in the thermal conditions of subcratonic lithosphere, entrain diamond and dissolve it to produce dissolution features on crystal surfaces, were compositionally close to kimberlite (16-19 wt% SiO2) and rich in H2O. Dry Fe3+-bearing carbonatites with fO2 controlled by the ferric/ferrous equilibrium slightly above the Ni-NiO buffer cannot be diamond carriers.

  4. Carbonate-silicate liquid immiscibility in the mantle propels kimberlite magma ascent

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    Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Yaxley, Gregory M.

    2015-06-01

    Kimberlite is a rare volcanic rock renowned as the major host of diamonds and originated at the base of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Although kimberlite magmas are dense in crystals and deeply-derived rock fragments, they ascend to the surface extremely rapidly, enabling diamonds to survive. The unique physical properties of kimberlite magmas depend on the specific compositions of their parental melts that, in absence of historical eruptions and due to pervasive alteration of kimberlite rocks, remain highly debatable. We explain exceptionally rapid ascent of kimberlite magma from mantle depths by combining empirical data on the essentially carbonatite composition of the kimberlite primary melts and experimental evidence on interaction of the carbonate liquids with mantle minerals. Our experimental study shows that orthopyroxene is completely dissolved in a Na2CO3 melt at 2.0-5.0 GPa and 1000-1200 °C. The dissolution of orthopyroxene results in homogeneous silicate-carbonate melt at 5.0 GPa and 1200 °C, and is followed by unmixing of carbonate and carbonated silicate melts and formation of stable magmatic emulsion at lower pressures and temperatures. The dispersed silicate melt has a significant capacity for storing a carbonate component in the deep mantle (13 wt% CO2 at 2.0 GPa). We envisage that this component reaches saturation and is gradually released as CO2 bubbles, as the silicate melt globules are transported upwards through the lithosphere by the carbonatite magma. The globules of unmixed, CO2-rich silicate melt are continuously produced upon further reaction between the natrocarbonatite melt and mantle peridotite. On decompression the dispersed silicate melt phase ensures a continuous supply of CO2 bubbles that decrease density and increase buoyancy and promote rapid ascent of the magmatic emulsion.

  5. Eruption processes and facies architecture of the Orion Central kimberlite volcanic complex, Fort à la Corne, Saskatchewan; kimberlite mass flow deposits in a sedimentary basin

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    Pittari, A.; Cas, R. A. F.; Lefebvre, N.; Robey, J.; Kurszlaukis, S.; Webb, K.

    2008-06-01

    The Fort à la Corne diamondiferous kimberlite field consists of at least 70 bodies of volcaniclastic kimberlite, hosted within a contemporaneous non-volcanic sedimentary succession. This study of the three-dimensional stratigraphy and facies architecture across the Orion Central kimberlite volcanic complex highlights the variations in upper and extra-vent processes. The sedimentary succession consists of continental to marginal marine quartz sandstones and mudstones, overlain by marginal to deep marine dark mudstone and muddy sandstones and siltstones. Relatively thin conformable volcaniclastic kimberlite packages are interbedded throughout the host rock stratigraphy. Extremely thick (up to at least 211 m thick) discordant to concordant, volcaniclastic packages/series, infill at least three elongate northwest-trending craters (145A, 145B and 219 craters), and contain laterally equivalent conformable extra-crater deposits bound by marine mudstones, indicative of a prevailing dominantly marine environment. The volcaniclastic deposits within the 145A and 145B craters, respectively, are separated by a considerable hiatus, whereas the deposit infilling the 219 crater was formed around the same time as 145B crater deposit. Multiple depositional units of massive to stratified, olivine-rich sand- to pebble-sized volcaniclastic facies infill craters and were emplaced by megaturbidite pulses fed by crystal-rich eruption fountains, which interacted with the crater relief. Stacked, normally graded, thick to very thick bedded matrix-supported olivine-rich facies characterized by brief depositional breaks between some beds represent syn- to post-eruptive turbidite pulses associated with the early eruptive event in the 145A crater. Thin layers of light grey kimberlitic mudstone underlie, or occur near the base of and above the main volcaniclastic packages associated with the 145B and 219 eruptions. Crater-infilling volcaniclastic deposits were later reworked by storm induced

  6. Rapid kimberlite ascent and the significance of Ar-Ar ages in xenolith phlogopites

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    Kelley; Wartho

    2000-07-28

    Kimberlite eruptions bring exotic rock fragments and minerals, including diamonds, from deep within the mantle up to the surface. Such fragments are rapidly absorbed into the kimberlite magma so their appearance at the surface implies rapid transport from depth. High spatial resolution Ar-Ar age data on phlogopite grains in xenoliths from Malaita in the Solomon Islands, southwest Pacific, and Elovy Island in the Kola Peninsula, Russia, indicate transport times of hours to days depending upon the magma temperature. In addition, the data show that the phlogopite grains preserve Ar-Ar ages recorded at high temperature in the mantle, 700 degrees C above the conventional closure temperature. PMID:10915621

  7. Volatiles in Kimberlitic Magmas: Forced Multiple Saturation with a Mantle Source

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    Stamm, N.; Schmidt, M. W.

    2015-12-01

    The geochemistry and mineralogy of the mantle source for primary kimberlite melts is still very much debated, the primary melt is argued to be either of carbonatitic or kimberlitic nature and proposed melting mechanisms range from low-degree partial melting of a carbonated peridotite to high-degree melting of strongly metasomatized veins. Experimental multiple saturation of a proposed close-to-primary kimberlitic composition from Jericho (Kopylova et al. 2007, GCA) at 7 GPa shows that saturation of a lherzolitic mineral assemblage occurs at 1300-1350 °C resulting in a carbonatitic melt with less than 8 wt% SiO2 and >35 wt% CO2. At higher temperatures, where the Jericho melt stays kimberlitic, it is only saturated in opx and garnet. We hence forced the close-to-primary Jericho kimberlite into multiple saturation with a lherzolitic assemblage (7 GPa, 1400-1650 °C) by adding a volatile-free peridotite with the aim to saturate the system in olivine, opx, cpx and garnet. This mineral assemblage is obtained over a wide temperature range (1400-1600 °C) for a starting Jericho composition with 20-22.5 wt% CO2, H2O was kept at 0.46 wt% corresponding to the K:H ratio of phlogopite. The transition from a carbonatitic melt with ~10 wt% SiO2 and >35 wt% CO2 to a kimberlitic melt with ~27 wt% SiO2 and <25 wt% CO2 occurs from 1450 to 1600 °C. Compared to the Jericho composition, these melts have higher Na2O and lower XMg. At lower CO2 contents (10 wt%) opx was absent, while at higher CO2 (30 wt%) olivine and cpx were not stable. Kimberlitic melts in equilibrium with a lherzolite are obtained for temperatures of >1500 °C, requiring a few hundred degrees more than estimated for the base of the cratonic lithosphere (1200-1400 °C at a heat flux of 40-45 mW/m2). If lower temperature carbonatites intrude into the base of the lithosphere it is questionable how these should develop into kimberlites within the lithosphere.

  8. A link between geochemistry and geodynamics: carbonatites and kimberlites, Polar Siberia

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    Rass, Irene

    2010-05-01

    Geophysical evidence indicates that the Moho surface beneath the northern Siberian Platform composes crests (or ranges) up to 14 km high above deeper areas and 50-80 to 150 km wide (Chernyshov and Bokaya, 1983). These ranges at the Moho likely mark ancient rift zones with a thinner crust. More than 70% kimberlites in structures surrounding the Anabar Shield occur along these Moho crests (Kravchenko et al., 1997; Rosen and Kostyuchenko, 1998). Carbonate-rich rocks that compose pipes, along with kimberlites, in kimberlite fields, were recognized as an individual type of carbonatite rocks: kimberlitic carbonatites (Lapin and Marshintsev, 1984). They abound in kimberlite fields of both Paleozoic and Mesozoic age southeast and east of the Anabar Shield. The liquidus temperatures of related kimberlites, determined based on their major-component chemistries, are 1429-1441оC and 1349-1518оC, respectively (Perchuk and Vaganov, 1980). Compared to classic carbonatites in ring complexes, kimberlitic carbonatites are characterized by the lowest relative concentrations of P and Sr, slightly lower REE, and high contents of Cr, Ti, and Zr (Rass, 1998). Mesozoic kimberlitic carbonatites exhibit a dependence of their geochemistry, position relative to the axial zones of the Moho crests, and the temperatures of the associated kimberlites, from the Kuoika to the Lower Kuonamka field: from <42 km and 1518 оC to ~50 km and 1395 оC (Rass et al., 2000). Away from the maximum heights of the Moho crests, which mark ancient rifts in the northern part of the Siberian Platform and with a decrease in the liquidus temperatures of the associated kimberlites, the relative P and Nb concentrations in these rocks increase, and those of REE, Cr, and, to a lesser extent, Ni and Co decrease. The depths of the Moho surface beneath carbonatites in Mesozoic ring structures of the Odikhincha, Guli, Magan, and Yraas complexes in the Maymecha-Kotui alkaline-ultrabasic-carbonatite province west of the

  9. Geology of the Gahcho Kué kimberlite pipes, NWT, Canada: root to diatreme magmatic transition zones

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    Hetman, C. M.; Scott Smith, B. H.; Paul, J. L.; Winter, F.

    2004-09-01

    The Cambrian Gahcho Kué kimberlite cluster includes four main pipes that have been emplaced into the Archaean basement granitoids of the Slave Craton. Each of the steep-sided pipes were formed by the intrusion of several distinct phases of kimberlite in which the textures vary from hypabyssal kimberlite (HK) to diatreme-facies tuffisitic kimberlite breccia (TKB). The TKB displays many diagnostic features including abundant unaltered country rock xenoliths, pelletal lapilli, serpentinised olivines and a matrix composed of microlitic phlogopite and serpentine without carbonate. The HK contains common fresh olivine set in a groundmass composed of monticellite, phlogopite, perovskite, serpentine and carbonate. A number of separate phases of kimberlite display a magmatic textural gradation from TKB to HK, which is characterised by a decrease in the proportion of pelletal lapilli and country rock xenoliths and an increase in groundmass crystallinity, proportion of fresh olivine and the degree of xenolith digestion. The pipe shapes and infills of the Gahcho Kué kimberlites are similar to those of the classic South African pipes, particularly those of the Kimberley area. Similar intrusive magmatic emplacement processes are proposed in which the diatreme-zone results from the degassing, after breakthrough, of the intruding magma column. The transition zones represent 'frozen' degassing fronts. The style of emplacement of the Gahcho Kué kimberlites is very different from that of many other pipes in Canada such as at Lac de Gras, Fort à la Corne or Attawapiskat.

  10. Composition of primary fluid and melt inclusions in regenerated olivines from hypabyssal kimberlites of the Malokuonapskaya pipe (Yakutia)

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    Tomilenko, A. A.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Bulbak, T. A.; Timina, T. Yu.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2015-11-01

    The primary fluid and melt inclusions in regenerated zonal crystals of olivine from kimberlites of the Malokuonapskaya pipe were first examined by means of microthermometry, optic and scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The high-pressure genesis of homogenous central parts of the olivines was revealed, probably under intense metasomatism at early hypogene stages with subsequent regeneration in the kimberlitic melt. The olivine crystals were regenerated from silicate-carbonate melts at about 1100°C. The composition of the kimberlitic melt was changed by way of an increase in the calcium content.

  11. Mineral chemistry of a zircon-bearing, composite, veined and metasomatised upper-mantle peridotite xenolith from kimberlite

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    Dawson, J. B.; Hill, P. G.; Kinny, P. D.

    2001-02-01

    Zircon-bearing veins in a harzburgite xenolith from kimberlite have imposed Ca-metasomatism on the harzburgite wall rock, in addition to adding K, Fe, Ti and OH. The zircon, previously dated to have an age similar to that of the xenolith-hosting kimberlite, shows higher Y, Nb, Ba, REE, Th and U contents than other mantle-derived zircons. Peripheral alteration of the zircon to baddeleyite and zirconolite, and alteration of vein ilmenite to perovskite suggest reaction with an evolving carbonatitic kimberlite melt. The high Cr2O3 content (0.77 wt%) of the zirconolite extends the compositional range of terrestrial zirconolite.

  12. Diamond resorption features as a new method for examining conditions of kimberlite emplacement

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    Fedortchouk, Yana

    2015-10-01

    The study develops a new approach utilizing parameters of trigonal etch pits on diamond crystals to infer the conditions of diamond residence in kimberlite magma. Diamond crystals from dissolution experiments conducted at 1 GPa and 1150-1350 °C in the presence of H2O-rich or CO2-rich fluid were studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM data of resorbed diamond surfaces show that much deeper surface relief was produced in CO2 fluid. It also clearly distinguishes the profiles of the trigonal etch pits forming regular flat-bottomed trigons in H2O fluid, and round- or pointed-bottomed trigons in CO2 fluid. The relationship between the diameter and the depth of the trigonal pits is found to be another important indicator of the fluid composition. Dissolution in H2O fluid develops trigons with constant diameter and variable depth where the diameter increases with temperature. Trigons developed in CO2 fluid have a large range of diameters showing a strong positive correlation with the depth. The developed criteria applied to the natural diamond crystals from three Ekati Mine kimberlites indicate significant variation in CO2-H2O ratio and temperature of their magmatic fluid. This conclusion based on diamond resorption agrees with the mineralogy of microphenocrysts and groundmass of the studied kimberlites offering new method to study crystallization conditions of kimberlite magma.

  13. Microbial Response in Peat Overlying Kimberlite Pipes in The Attawapiskat Area, Northern Ontario

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    Donkervoort, L. J.; Southam, G.

    2009-05-01

    Exploration for ore deposits occurring under thick, post-mineralized cover requires innovative methods and instrumentation [1]. Buried kimberlite pipes 'produce' geochemical conditions such as increased pH and decreased Eh in overlying peat [2] that intuitively select for bacterial populations that are best able to grow and, which in turn affect the geochemistry producing a linked signal. A microbiological study of peat was conducted over the Zulu kimberlite in the Attawapiskat area of the James Bay Lowlands to determine if the type of underlying rock influences the diversity and populations of microorganisms living in the overlying peat. Peat was sampled along an 800 m transect across the Zulu kimberlite, including samples underlain by limestone. Microbial populations and carbon source utilization patterns of peat samples were compared between the two underlying rock types. Results demonstrate an inverse relationship of increased anaerobic populations and lower biodiversity directly above the kimberlite pipe. These results support a reduced 'column' consistent with the model presented by Hamilton [3]. The combination of traditional bacterial enumeration and community- level profiling represents a cost-effective and efficient exploration technique that can serve to compliment both geophysical and geochemical surveys. [1] Goldberg (1998) J. Geochem. Explor. 61, 191-202 [2] Hattori and Hamilton (2008) Appl. Geochem. 23, 3767-3782 [3] Hamilton (1998) J. Geochem. Explor. 63, 155-172

  14. Macrocrystal phlogopite Rb-Sr dates for the Ekati property kimberlites, Slave Province, Canada: evidence for multiple intrusive episodes in the Paleocene and Eocene

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    Creaser, Robert A.; Grütter, Herman; Carlson, Jon; Crawford, Barbara

    2004-09-01

    New Rb-Sr age determinations using macrocrystal phlogopite are presented for 27 kimberlites from the Ekati property of the Lac de Gras region, Slave Province, Canada. These new data show that kimberlite magmatism at Ekati ranges in age from at least Late Paleocene (˜61 Ma) to Middle Eocene time (˜45 Ma). Older, perovskite-bearing kimberlites from Ekati extend this age range to Late Cretaceous time (˜74 Ma). Within this age range, emplacement episodes at ˜48, 51-53, 55-56 and 59-61 Ma can be recognized. Middle Eocene kimberlite magmatism of the previously dated Mark kimberlite (˜47.5 Ma) is shown to include four other pipes from the east-central Ekati property. A single kimberlite (Aaron) may be younger than the 47.5 Ma Mark kimberlite. The economically important Panda kimberlite is precisely dated in this study to be 53.3±0.6 Ma using the phlogopite isochron method, and up to six additional kimberlites from the central Ekati property have Early Eocene ages indistinguishable from that of Panda, including the Koala and Koala North occurrences. Late Paleocene 55-56 Ma kimberlite magmatism, represented by the Diavik kimberlite pipes adjacent to the southeastern Ekati property, is shown to extend onto the southeastern Ekati property and includes three, and possibly four, kimberlites. A precise eight-point phlogopite isochron for the Cobra South kimberlite yields an emplacement age of 59.7±0.4 Ma; eight other kimberlites from across the Ekati property have similar Late Paleocene Rb-Sr model ages. The addition of 27 new emplacement ages for kimberlites from the Ekati property confirms that kimberlite magmatism from the central Slave Province is geologically young, despite ages ranging back to Cambrian time from elsewhere in the Slave Province. With the available geochronologic database, Lac de Gras kimberlites with the highest diamond potential are currently restricted to the 51-53 and 55-56 Ma periods of kimberlite magmatism.

  15. Diamondiferous kimberlites in Central India synchronous with Deccan flood basalt volcanism

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    Lehmann, B.; Burgess, R.; Frei, D.; Belyatsky, B. V.; Mainkar, D.; Chalapathi Rao, N. V.

    2009-12-01

    India is known for its historic diamonds from alluvial gravels. The source rocks for these diamonds are thought to be among the so far nearly 100 identified kimberlitic/lamproitic pipes and dikes which occur mostly in the Dharwar craton (Andhra Pradesh) and the Bundelkhand craton (Madhya Pradesh), and which all have Mesoproterozoic ages with a peak at 1.1 Ga. However, diamondiferous kimberlite pipes in the recently discovered Mainpur kimberlite field in central India have surprisingly young 40Ar/39Ar whole-rock ages of 66.5 ±2.0 and 62.4 ±2.9 million years (2σ), confirmed by more precise laser ablation ICP-MS 206Pb/238U perovskite data of 65.1 ±0.8 and 62.3 ±0.8 Ma (2 σ). These ages overlap with the main phase of the Deccan flood basalt magmatism at 65 million years, and suggest a common tectonomagmatic control for both flood basalts (including carbonatite-alkaline rock variants) and kimberlites. The kimberlites were studied in drill core and have textural, bulk and mineral chemical composition typical of orangeite (African kimberlite Group 2), confirmed by Sr and Nd isotope data. The Mainpur kimberlite field is in the Archean Bastar craton with felsic rocks as old as 3.6 Ga. The presence of macrodiamonds in the pipes implies that Central India had a cool and thick lithospheric mantle root at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary, significantly different from the modern Indian lithosphere of about 80-100 km thickness only. The loss of India's cratonic roots must have taken place in the Tertiary, i.e. after much of the superfast northward motion of the Indian plate from Gondwana break-up at about 130 million years until the collision with Eurasia at about 50 million years ago. India's unique plate-tectonic behaviour in the Cretaceous cannot be related to a plume-eroded lithosphere. About one third of the Indian lithosphere was lost during or after the Deccan flood basalt event.

  16. Diamond Morphology: Link to Metasomatic Events in the Mantle or Record of Evolution of Kimberlitic Fluid?

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    Fedortchouk, Y.

    2009-05-01

    Morphology and surface features on diamonds show tremendous variation even within a single kimberlite body reflecting a complex history of growth and dissolution. But does the diamond surface record the conditions in the several mantle sources sampled by the rising kimberlite magma, or evolution of the fluid system in the kimberlite magma itself? To address this question I revised morphological classification of diamonds from several kimberlite pipes from EKATI Mine property, N.W.T., Canada. The novelty of the approach, compared to the existing classifications, is in utilizing a random but large dataset of diamond dissolution experiments accumulated by several researchers including myself. These experiments have shown that similar forms (e.g. trigon etch pits) can be produced in a variety of conditions and environments, whereas their shape and size would depend on the reactant. Similarly, different types of resorption features always form together and can be used for deriving the composition of oxidizing fluid. The proposed classification method is focused on relating various types of diamond surfaces to the composition and conditions of oxidizing media. The study uses parcels of micro-and macro-diamonds (total of 125 carats) from Misery, Grizzly, Leslie and Koala kimberlites, EKATI Mine property, Northwest Territories, Canada. Only octahedron and hexoctahedron diamonds were selected (total ~600 stones). Diamond surfaces were studied using an optical and Field- Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to define resorption elements - simple surface features. These elements were identified for each of the three categories: 1) present on octahedral faces (well-preserved diamonds), 2) present on hexoctahedral faces (rounded resorbed diamonds), and 3) frosting (micro-features). Consistent associations of several elements define Resorption Types of diamonds, which form during a single oxidizing event. We further relate these types to the composition of the C-H-O + chlorides

  17. Emplacement temperatures of pyroclastic and volcaniclastic deposits in kimberlite pipes in southern Africa

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    Fontana, Giovanni; Mac Niocaill, Conall; Brown, Richard J.; Sparks, R. Stephen J.; Field, Matthew

    2011-10-01

    Palaeomagnetic techniques for estimating the emplacement temperatures of volcanic deposits have been applied to pyroclastic and volcaniclastic deposits in kimberlite pipes in southern Africa. Lithic clasts were sampled from a variety of lithofacies from three pipes for which the internal geology is well constrained (the Cretaceous A/K1 pipe, Orapa Mine, Botswana, and the Cambrian K1 and K2 pipes, Venetia Mine, South Africa). The sampled deposits included massive and layered vent-filling breccias with varying abundances of lithic inclusions, layered crater-filling pyroclastic deposits, talus breccias and volcaniclastic breccias. Basalt lithic clasts in the layered and massive vent-filling pyroclastic deposits in the A/K1 pipe at Orapa were emplaced at >570°C, in the pyroclastic crater-filling deposits at 200-440°C and in crater-filling talus breccias and volcaniclastic breccias at <180°C. The results from the K1 and K2 pipes at Venetia suggest emplacement temperatures for the vent-filling breccias of 260°C to >560°C, although the interpretation of these results is hampered by the presence of Mesozoic magnetic overprints. These temperatures are comparable to the estimated emplacement temperatures of other kimberlite deposits and fall within the proposed stability field for common interstitial matrix mineral assemblages within vent-filling volcaniclastic kimberlites. The temperatures are also comparable to those obtained for pyroclastic deposits in other, silicic, volcanic systems. Because the lithic content of the studied deposits is 10-30%, the initial bulk temperature of the pyroclastic mixture of cold lithic clasts and juvenile kimberlite magma could have been 300-400°C hotter than the palaeomagnetic estimates. Together with the discovery of welded and agglutinated juvenile pyroclasts in some pyroclastic kimberlites, the palaeomagnetic results indicate that there are examples of kimberlites where phreatomagmatism did not play a major role in the generation

  18. Mineralogy of Juvenile Lapilli in Fort a la Corne Pyroclastic Kimberlites

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    Mitchell, R. H.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.; McBride, J.

    2009-05-01

    Pyroclastic-dominated kimberlites of the Fort a la Corne area (Saskatchewan, Canada) are characterized by the presence of juvenile ash and lapilli tuffs together with crystal tuffs composed of discrete crystals of olivine. Juvenile lapilli are amoeboid-to-curviplanar in shape and composed of olivine set in a fine-grained groundmass. Welding of juvenile lapilli is extremely rare. Clasts can be set in a matrix of calcite and/or serpentine. Commonly, olivine crystals protrude from the clast margins. Many, but not all, clasts contain vesicles filled with carbonates and/or serpentine. Carbonates in the vesicles include Sr-bearing calcite, dolomite and Ba-Mg carbonate. Individual kimberlite units in some instances contain several juxtaposed texturally- and mineralogically-different varieties of juvenile lapilli. In others, clasts are of similar petrographic character that differ in only in their spinel mineralogy. In many clasts early-forming microphenocrystal prisms of calcite are present. The groundmass of the ash and lapilli consists of perovskite, serpentine pseudomorphs after monticellite, diverse discrete euhedral, resorbed and atoll spinels, apatite, serpentine, and laths of quench dolomite. Groundmass mica appears to be absent. Spinel assemblages differ between different vents. At Candle Lake the overall trend of spinel compositions follows that typical of hypabyssal kimberlites with individual clasts within a given unit exhibiting segments of this trend. Compositions belong to a spinel- magnesiochromite-chromite-qandilite-magnetite solid solution series. At Smeaton (FALC 169 body), spinel compositions follow the same overall trend but are all relatively more evolved, and typically Ti-rich and Cr-poor. The majority of compositions plot on the rear face of the reduced spinel prism and belong to the spinel- qandilite-ulvospinel-magnetite series. It is concluded that spinels in Fort a la Corne kimberlites follow the "normal" evolutionary trend of spinel compositions

  19. Role of fluid in the mechanism of formation of volcaniclastic and coherent kimberlite facies: a diamond perspective

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    Fedortchouk, Yana; Chinn, Ingrid

    2016-04-01

    Dissolution features on diamonds recovered from kimberlites vary depending on the dissolution conditions and can be used as a reliable proxy for volatiles and their role in kimberlite emplacement. Volatiles determine the mechanism of magma emplacement; variation in volatile content and CO2/CO2+H2O ratio may affect the geology of kimberlite bodies and formation of coherent vs. volcaniclastic kimberlite facies. Here we examine the evolution of a kimberlite system during ascent using the resorption morphology of its diamond population. We use 655 macro-diamonds from a complex kimberlite pipe in the Orapa kimberlite field (Botswana) to examine the role of volatiles in the formation of the three facies comprising this pipe: two coherent kimberlite facies (CKA and CKB) and one massive volcaniclastic facies (MVK). The diamonds come from three drillholes through each of the studied kimberlite facies. Separate diamond samples derived from 2 - 13 m intervals were combined into 40 m depth intervals for statistical purposes. Four independent morphological methods allowed us to reliably discriminate products of resorption in kimberlite magma from resorption in the mantle, and use the former in our study. We found that the proportion of diamonds with kimberlitic resorption is the lowest in CKA - 22%, medium in MVK - 50%, and highest in CKB - 73%, and it increases with depth in each of the drillholes. Each kimberlite facies shows its own style of kimberlite-induced resorption on rounded tetrahexahedron (THH) diamonds: glossy surfaces in MVK, rough corroded surfaces in CKB, and combination of glossy surfaces with chains of circular pits in CKA, where these pits represent the initial stages of development of corrosive features observed on CKB diamonds. Based on the results of our previous experimental studies we propose that resorption of MVK diamonds is a product of interaction with COH fluid, resorption of CKB diamonds is a product of interaction with a volatile

  20. Mantle-derived argon components in phlogopite from southern African kimberlites

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    Phillips, D.; Onstott, T.C.

    1985-01-01

    Application of the /sup 40/Ar//sup 39/Ar dating technique to kimberlite geochronology often yields discordant spectra with ages that are much older than the inferred time of emplacement of the kimberlite body. In the past, these anomalously high ages have been attributed to the presence of excess radiogenic /sup 49/Ar incorporated into the mineral phases either pre- or syn- emplacement of the kimberlite. Detailed /sup 40/Ar//sup 39/Ar stepheating analyses on phlogopite xenocrysts from Southern African kimberlites revealed the presence of excess argon. Discrimination between different reservoirs of argon, contained in the phlogopite, was best achieved using plots of /sup 36/Ar//sup 40/Ar versus /sup 39/Ar//sup 40/Ar. High /sup 36/Ar//sup 40/Ar ratios for the low temperature steps are interpreted as resulting from atmospheric contamination (/sup 40/Ar//sup 36/Ar = 295.5). At the highest temperature steps (1100/sup 0/-1200/sup 0/C), the /sup 36/Ar//sup 40/Ar ratios increase dramatically. Least squares fits of the high temperature components yield /sup 40/Ar//sup 36/Ar initial ratios ranging from 340 to 366. These values correspond closely to those obtained by Allegre et al. (1983) for Hawaiian basalts. This suggest that either the xenocrystic phlogopites within the kimberlites or the vapor phase within which they crystallized were derived from an undegassed mantle source. The release of this mantle reservoir at high temperatures requires a high retentivity site for the argon within the phlogopite structure. As phlogopite appears to retain its structural water to high temperatures, the argon may be trapped within the hydroxyl sites of the mica.

  1. [Study on the FTIR spectra of OH in olivines from mengyin kimberlite].

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    Ai, Qun; Yang, Zhi-jun; Zeng, Xiang-qing; Zheng, Yun-long; Hu, Piao-ye

    2013-09-01

    The results of FTIR spectra study of OH in olivines from Mengyin kimberlite show that there are more than 60 OH absorption peaks in the range of 3800-3000 cm(-1). We identified four major spectral features in the OH absorption bands of kimberlitic olivines. One is with nuOH in the range of 3800-3700 cm(-1), which is caused by the vapour of the room circumstance, and can not be regarded as intrinsic or non-intrinsic nuOH of the olivines. Another one is with nuOH in the range of 3710-3620 cm(-1), which belongs to three "water"-bearing minerals including serpentine, talc and Mg-bearing amphiboles, which is the non-intrinsic nuOH of the olivines. There is the possibility that H in hydrous minerals mainly entered into olivines during post-emplacement processes of the kimberlite magma. The third one is with nuOH in the range of 3620-3425 cm(-1), which originated from H occupying the Si-defect in the olivine structure, forming humite-like defects, and/or the defects that H occupies (Mg,Fe)-depletion, which is certainly attributed to the intrinsic nuOH of the olivines. In this case, H possibly entered into olivines following its immersion in the high temperature and rich fluid kimberlite magma in the mantle circumstance. The last one is with nuOH in the range of 3425-3000 cm(-1). In this area, nuOH is assigned to fluid inclusions of the olivines, and is the non-intrinsic nuOH of olivines. Fluid inclusions can enter into the olivines either during post-emplacement processes of the kimberlite magma or during the periods that olivines were formed in the mantle. PMID:24369634

  2. Geochemistry of Eclogite Xenoliths from Kimberlite Pipe Udachnaya

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    Agashev, Aleksey; Pokhilenko, Ludmila; Pokhilenko, Nikolai

    2016-04-01

    A suite of 17 unique big (1 to 20 kg) and fresh ecligite xenoliths from Udachnaya kimberlite pipe have been studied for their whole-rock and minerals major and trace elements composition.Whole rock major elements composition of the Udachnaya eclogite xenoliths suite have a great variability in their MgO contents (9-19Wt%). Based on major elements composition Udachnaya eclogites can be subdivided in two subsets, high magnesian (Mg# 68.8-81.9) and low magnesian (Mg# 56.8-59). High variations also shown by Al2O3 and Na2O concentrations and high Mg# samples tend to contain less of those oxides then low Mg# samples with some exceptions. Two eclogitic groups are clearly different in style of inter-elements correlations. FeO and CaO contents are positively correlate with MgO in low Mg# group of eclogites but negatively in high Mg# group. The same relations present between Al2O3 contents of eclogite group with their Mg#. Compared to present day MORB composition eclogite samples have similar contents of most of elements with some depletion in TiO2 and P2O5 and enrichment in MgO and K2O. The variability of these elements concentrations can be related to melt extraction while elevated K2O can indicate late metasomatic enrichment. In terms of trace elements composition Udachnaya eclogites are enriched over PM but comparable to that of MORB composition, except significant enrichment in LILE elements (Rb, Ba, K, Sr). The records of both subduction related processes and mantle metasomatism could be find in geochemical features of these rocks. Most of the eclogites show positive Eu anomaly which is direct evidence of plagioclase accumulation in eglogites protolith. Variation of La/Yb ratio (1-11), in majority of samples are the range 2-4 indicates different degrees of samples metasomatic enrichment in LREE. Udachnaya eclogites have range of Sm/Nd ratio from 0.25 to 0.5 (MORB is 0.32) which positive covariates with Nd content. This trend could not be a result of melt extraction nor

  3. Hydroxyl in mantle olivine xenocrysts from the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe

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    Koch-Müller, Monika; Matsyuk, Stanislav S.; Rhede, Dieter; Wirth, Richard; Khisina, Natasha

    2006-06-01

    The incorporation of hydrogen in mantle olivine xenocrysts from the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). IR spectra were collected in the OH stretching region on oriented single crystals using a conventional IR source at ambient conditions and in situ at temperatures down to -180°C as well as with IR synchrotron radiation. The IR spectra of the samples are complex containing more than 20 strongly polarized OH bands in the range 3,730 3,330 cm-1. Bands at high energies (3,730 3,670 cm-1) were assigned to inclusions of serpentine, talc and the 10 Å phase. All other bands are believed to be intrinsic to olivine. The corresponding point defects are (a) associated with vacant Si sites (3,607 cm-1 E || a, 3,597 E || a, 3,571 cm-1 E || c, 3,567 E || c, and 3,556 E || b), and (b) with vacant M1 sites (most of the bands polarized parallel to a). From the pleochroic behavior and position of the OH bands associated with the vacant M1 sites, we propose two types of hydrogen—one bonded to O1 and another to O2, so that both OH vectors are strongly aligned parallel to a. The O2 H groups may be responsible for the OH bands at higher wavenumbers than those for the O1 H groups. The multiplicity of the corresponding OH bands in the spectra can be explained by different chemical environments and by slightly different distortions of the M1 sites in these high-pressure olivines. Four samples were investigated by SIMS. The calculated integral molar absorption coefficient using the IR and SIMS results of 37,500±5,000 L mol H2O cm-2 is within the uncertainties slightly higher than the value determined by Bell et al. (J Geophys Res 108(B2):2105 2113, 2003) (28,450±1,830 L mol H2O cm-2). The reason for the difference is the different distributions of the absorption intensity of the spectra of both studies (mean wavenumber 3,548 vs. 3,570 cm-1). Olivine samples with a mean wavenumber of about 3

  4. A Raman microprobe study of melt inclusions in kimberlites from Siberia, Canada, SW Greenland and South Africa.

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    Mernagh, Terrence P; Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Kamenetsky, Maya B

    2011-10-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been used for the identification of both common and uncommon minerals in melt inclusions in Group-I kimberlites from Siberia, Canada, SW Greenland and South Africa. The melt inclusions all contained high abundances of alkali-Ca carbonates, with varying proportions of cations, and Na-Ca-Ba sulphates. In accordance with its dry mineralogy, no hydrated carbonates or sulphates were detected in melt inclusions from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite. In contrast, the melt inclusions in kimberlites from Canada, South Africa and SW Greenland were found to contain bassanite, pirssonite, and hydromagnesite suggesting that greater amounts of water were present in their residual magmas. This suggests that enrichment in alkali carbonates and sulphates is widespread across a range of Group-I kimberlites and implies that they commonly have an alkali-, and sulphur-rich residual liquid. PMID:21334252

  5. Unique Mineralogy of Triassic Diamondiferous Hypabyssal Kimberlite Postdated Siberian Flood Basalt (sfb) Province

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Sobolev, A. V.; Tomilenko, A. A.; Schertl, H. P.; Neuser, R. D.; Timina, T. Y.; Karmanov, N. S.; Batanova, V. G.; Logvinova, A. M.; Kuzmin, D.

    2014-12-01

    The Siberian flood basalt (SFB) province is the largest terrestrial province with the estimated volume of igneous rocks up to 5 million cubic km. The majority of SFB erupted over less than one million years at 251 Ma. The main epochs of kimberlites emplacement took place in Devonian (344-364 Ma) producing principal diamond mines including Udachnaya mine and in Triassic (about 240 Ma) with only one, Malokuonapskaya kimberlite pipe with near-commercial diamond grade. This indicates the availability of complete lithospheric cross section. It contains flood basalt and peridotite xenoliths. We report here preliminary data on mineralogy of this hypabyssal kimberlite containing fresh olivine. Homogeneous cores of zoned olivine with Fo 78.5-93 are different in compositional range from those of Udachnaya olivines (Fo 85-94). Outer rims composition are also different (Fo 85-86 and 89-90 respectively). Concentration of Ni, Mn, Co, Ca, Cr, Al, Ti, P, Na and Zn were measured by EPMA using an innovative method which has been developed based on earlier publication (Sobolev et al., Science, 2007, 316: 412-417). It made possible to obtain external precision down to 10 ppm (2SD) and detection limit down to 2 ppm. High resolution compositional maps of olivine zoning for all mentioned elements are produced. "Hot cathode" CL microscope was applied for study of luminescent minerals including calcite, apatite and baryte. Twenty percent of representative olivine samples are characterized by low Fo 78.5-85 and NiO from 600 to 2300 ppm. Clear zoning in concentration of some trace elements, P in particular, is detected in the cores of studied olivines. Ba-phlogopite containing BaO from less than 1 up to 14.5 wt.% is another specific feature of Malokuonapskaya kimberlite, which is different from any kimberlites and especially from Udachnaya with highest BaO - 4.85 wt.% of its phlogopite. Chromediopsides contain 1.3 - 5.2 wt.% FeO, 0.6 - 2.0 wt.% Cr2O3 and 0.45 - 2.0 wt.% Na2O. Pyropes

  6. Reply on: "Comment on: The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine" authored by Brett R.C. et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 424 (2015) 119-131

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    Brett, R. Curtis; Russell, J. K.; Andrews, G. D. M.; Jones, T. J.

    2016-04-01

    The Kamenetsky (2016) comment on the Kimberlite Factory model proposed by Brett et al. (2015) asserts, "A cornerstone of this model is a specific, carbonatitic composition of proto-kimberlite melts ascending through the sub-cratonic lithospheric mantle" and "… the major thrust of the study hinges on the premise that the parental kimberlite melt is carbonatitic". This is a clear misstatement of our central thesis, which is to utilize the attributes of olivine xenocrysts to constrain the physical ascent of kimberlite. Brett et al.'s study does not hinge on the premise that parental kimberlite melt is carbonatitic. Rather, our interpretation that kimberlite melt originates as near carbonatitic hinges on our novel observation that early "carbonate sealed cracks provide evidence of melt being drawn into decompression cracks and precipitating" (p. 129). Our connection between this observation and our interpretation is tied explicitly to earlier published works "in this regard, the carbonate-filled sealed cracks strongly support to the hypothesis that all kimberlite magmas originate as carbonatitic-melts (e.g.,Russell et al., 2012, 2013;Kamenetsky et al., 2013; Pilbeam et al., 2013; Kamenetsky and Yaxley, 2015; Bussweiler et al., 2015)" (p. 129). To state that our interpretation is based on a pre-existing bias towards a model of a carbonatitic origin of kimberlite magmas is incorrect. Rather, our new observational data independently demonstrates that the presence of carbonate-sealed cracks formed during kimberlite ascent.

  7. Application of Fe-Ti oxide dissolution experiments to the petrogenesis of the Ekati Diamond Mine kimberlites, Northwest Territories, Canada

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    Kressall, R.; Fedortchouk, Y.; McCammon, C. A.

    2015-12-01

    Composition of kimberlites is ambiguous due to assimilation and fractional crystallization. We propose that the evolution history of minerals can be used to decipher the magmatic history of kimberlites. We use Fe-Ti oxides (chromite and ilmenite) from six kimberlites from the Ekati Diamond Mine and dissolution experiments to elucidate the petrogenesis of kimberlites. Experiments at 0.1 MPa and variable ƒO2s in a diopside-anorthite melt show that the dissolution rate of ilmenite is highly sensitive to ƒO2. No significant difference was observed in chromite. Zoning in chromite is related to the Fe-content and oxidation state of the melt. Experiments at 1 GPa explore the development of chromite surface resorption features in the system Ca-Mg-Si-H-C-O. Five kimberlites contain a low abundance of ilmenite, owing to a relatively high ƒO2, though ilmenite constituted 65% of oxide macocrysts in one kimberlite. Chromite compositions evolve from Mg-chromite to magnesio-ulvöspinel-magnetite (MUM) in all but one kimberlite where chromite evolves to a pleonaste composition perhaps as a result of rapid emplacement. The high abundance of MUM spinel and low abundance of ilmenite in the matrix could be related to the change in the stable Ti-phase with increasing ƒO2. Core compositions of macrocrysts vary for different mantle sources but rims converge to a composition slightly more oxidized and Mg-rich than chromite from depleted peridotite. Ilmenite commonly has rims composed of perovskite, titanite and MUM. We suggest a model where the kimberlite melt composition is controlled by the co-dissolution and co-precipitation of silicates (predominantly orthopyroxene and olivine) to explain chromite evolution in kimberlites. Resorption-related surface features on chromite macrocrysts show trigon protrusions-depressions on {111} faces and step-like features along the crystal edges resembling products of experiments in H2O fluid. We propose predominantly H2O magmatic fluid in Ekati

  8. Inclusions of crichtonite group minerals in pyropes from the Internatsionalnaya kimberlite pipe, Yakutia

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    Rezvukhin, D. I.; Malkovets, V. G.; Sharygin, I. S.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Gibsher, A. A.; Litasov, K. D.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2016-02-01

    The results of study of crichtonite group minerals in pyropes from the Internatsionalnaya kimberlite pipe are reported. Most of the studied samples are characterized by high concentrations of Sr, Ca, Na, and LREEs in comparison with minerals of the LIMA series from kimberlites of South Africa, whereas the average concentrations of Ba and K are significantly lower. Crichtonite group minerals in pyropes are characterized by predomination of Na over K in most samples and by a high concentration of Al2O3 (up to 4.5 wt %). Findings of inclusions of crichtonite group minerals with high concentrations of incompatible elements provide evidence for the metasomatic origin of host chromium-rich pyropes.

  9. The petrogenesis of oceanic kimberlites and included mantle megacrysts: The Malaitan alnoite

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    Neal, Clive R.

    1988-01-01

    The study of unambiguous suboceanic mantle was facilitated by the occurrence of anomalous kimberlite-type intrusives on Malaita in the Solomon Islands. The pseudo-kimberlites were termed alnoites, and are basically mica lamprophyres with melilite in the ground mass. Alnoitic magmas were explosively intruded into the Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) 34 Ma ago. The OJP is a vastly overthickened portion of the Pacific plate which now abuts the Indo-Australian plate. Malaita is considered to be the obducted leading edge of the OJP. Initial diapiric upwelling beneath the OJP produced the proto-alnoite magma. After impingement on the rigid lithosphere, megacrysts fractionation occurred, with augites precipitating first, representing the parental magma. Sea water-altered oceanic crust, which underplated the OJP, was assimilated by the proto-alnoite magma during megacrysts fractionation (AFC).

  10. Ar-40/Ar-39 laser-probe dating of diamond inclusions from the Premier kimberlite

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    Phillips, D.; Onstott, T. C.; Harris, J. W.

    1989-01-01

    The results of Ar-40/Ar-39 laser-probe analyses of individual eclogitic clinopyroxene inclusions from Premier diamonds are reported which yield a mean age of 1198 + or - 14 Myr. This age agrees well with Sm-Nd and Ar-40/Ar-39 analyses on similar Premier inclusions and is indistinguishable from the inferred time of emplacement of the host kimberlite, which implies that diamond formation was essentially synchronous with kimberlite generation. The extrapolated nonradiogenic Ar-40/Ar-36 ratio of 334 + or - 102 is similar to the present-day atmospheric composition. This value is inconsistent with Sr and Nd isotopic signatures from Premier eclogite inclusions, which suggest a depleted mantle source. Preentrapment equilibration of the inclusions with an Ar-36-rich fluid is the most probable explanation for the low nonradiogenic composition.

  11. Carbon matter in kimberlite-like rocks of the Charteskii Complex (Subpolar Urals)

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    Isaenko, S. I.; Shumilova, T. G.; Shevchuk, S. S.

    2015-10-01

    Results of the study of carbon material (CM) discovered in kimberlite-like rocks of the Charteskii Complex (Subpolar Urals) are considered. It is shown that CM is represented by partially oxidized graphite and optically transparent amorphous CM (presumably diamond-like carbon). The data obtained are important for estimation of the diamond potential of this object, as well as for understanding of the new mechanism of the formation of diamond-like carbon and diamond.

  12. Super-deep diamonds from kimberlites in the Juina area, Mato Grosso State, Brazil

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    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Khachatryan, Galina K.; Andreazza, Paulo; Araujo, Debora; Griffin, William L.

    2009-11-01

    One thousand three hundred sixty-five diamonds from seven newly discovered kimberlitic pipes in the Juina area were comprehensively studied. These diamonds, like the ones from previously studied Juina placer deposits, are very homogeneous in their morphology and optical properties. Two diamond populations exist in the Pandrea pipes: the major population with a highly aggregated nitrogen impurity (% N B = 75-100%), and a secondary population with a moderately aggregated nitrogen impurity (% N B = 20-65%), while only one major population is present in the diamonds from placers. The diamonds from the pipes have a permanent, relatively high hydrogen impurity concentration. Among the mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Juina pipes, ferropericlase is predominant; chrome spinel, picroilmenite, Mn-ilmenite, MgCaSi-'perovskite' phase, rutile, sulphide, native iron, and iron-oxides were also identified. Most of the inclusions belong to the lower-mantle paragenesis; some (rutile and sulphide) are of eclogitic paragenesis. Mineral inclusions in diamonds from kimberlitic pipes are different in composition from the same minerals in placer diamonds. Both kimberlitic and placer diamonds belong to the same carbon isotopic population, but have differences in the δ13C distribution and were probably formed from different local carbon sources. These data indicate that diamonds from both groups, kimberlites and placer deposits, in the Juina area, belong to the same genetic population with most of the stones originating within the super-deep conditions. However, there are differences between these two groups, which indicate that besides the known Pandrea pipes which may have partly supplied diamonds to the placer deposits, there may be other, still unknown primary sources of diamonds in the Juina area.

  13. Kimberlite wall-rock fragmentation processes: Venetia K08 pipe development

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    Barnett, W. P.; Kurszlaukis, S.; Tait, M.; Dirks, P.

    2011-10-01

    Current kimberlite pipe development models strongly advocate a downward growth process with the pipe cutting down onto its feeder dyke by means of volcanic explosions. Evidence is presented from the K08 kimberlite pipe in Venetia Mine, South Africa, which suggests that some pipes or sub-components of pipes develop upwards. The K08 pipe in pit exposure comprises >90 vol.% chaotic mega-breccia of country rock clasts (gneiss and schist) and <10 vol.% coherent kimberlite. Sub-horizontal breccia layers, tens of metres thick, are defined by lithic clast size variations and contain zones of shearing and secondary fragmentation. Textural studies of the breccias and fractal statistics on clast size distributions are used to characterize sheared and non-sheared breccia zones and to deduce a fragmentation mechanism. Breccia statistics are compared directly with the statistics of fragmented rock produced from mining processes in order to support interpretations. Results are consistent with an initial stage of brecciation formed by upward-moving collapse of an explosively pre-conditioned hanging wall into a sub-terranean volcanic excavation. Our analysis suggests that the pre-conditioning is most likely to have been caused by explosions, either phreatic or phreatomagmatic in nature, with a total energy output of 2.7 × 109 kJ (656 t of TNT). A second stage of fragmentation is interpreted as shearing of the breccia caused by multiple late kimberlite intrusions and possible bulk movement of material in the pipe conduit related to adjacent volcanism in the K02 pipe.

  14. Geology and diamond distribution of the 140/141 kimberlite, Fort à la Corne, central Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Berryman, Adrian K.; Scott Smith, Barbara H.; Jellicoe, Brent C.

    2004-09-01

    The Cretaceous age Fort à la Corne (FALC) kimberlite province comprises at least 70 bodies, which were emplaced near the edge of the Western Canadian Interior Seaway during cycles of marine transgression and regression. Many of the bodies were formed during a marine regression by a two-stage process, firstly the excavation of shallow, but wide, craters and then subsequent infilling by xenolith-poor, crater-facies, subaerial, primary pyroclastic kimberlite. The bodies range in size up to 2000 m in diameter but are mainly less than 200 m thick and thus comprise relatively thin, but high volume, pyroclastic kimberlite deposits. Each body is composed of contrasting types of kimberlite reflecting different volcanic histories and, therefore, are considered separately. The 140/141 kimberlite is the largest delineated body in the province, estimated to have an areal extent below glacial Quaternary sediments in excess of 200 ha. The infilling of the 140/141 crater is complex, resulting from multiple phases of kimberlite. The central part of the infill is dominated by several contrasting phases of kimberlite. One of these phases is a primary pyroclastic airfall mega-graded bed up to 130 m in thickness. The constituents grade in size from very fine to coarse macrocrystic kimberlite, through to a basal breccia. The mega-graded bed is a widespread feature within parts of the body examined to date and at this current stage of evaluation appears to explain a variable diamond distribution within a tested portion of the pipe. A second different phase of kimberlite is interpreted as representing a younger nested crater within the mega-graded bed. Centrally located thicker intersections (>450 m) of this younger kimberlite may indicate a vent for the kimberlite crater. The thickness of the mega-graded bed increases with proximity to the younger kimberlite in the study area. Macrodiamond minibulk sample grades from the mega-graded bed have been obtained from nine large diameter drill

  15. The geology and emplacement of the volcaniclastic infill at the Voorspoed Group II kimberlite (orangeite) pipe, Kroonstad Cluster, South Africa

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    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Skinner, E. Michael W.

    2012-06-01

    The Voorspoed Group II kimberlite pipe is atypical in terms of South African kimberlite pipes. Located in the central region of the Kaapvaal Craton (South Africa), the Voorspoed pipe is one of six pipes comprising the Kroonstad Kimberlite Cluster. Reconstruction of the palaeo-stratigraphy at the time of emplacement, of the Kroonstad kimberlites, indicates that significant post-emplacement erosion has occurred and the pipes are currently exposed at ~ 1600 m depth from the original land surface. The volcaniclastic kimberlite (VK) infilling the pipe is distinctly different from typical tuffisitic kimberlite infilling other South African type kimberlite pipes. Three textural volcaniclastic kimberlite varieties are observed: massive volcaniclastic kimberlite (MVK), bedded volcaniclastic kimberlite (BVK) and fine-grained volcaniclastic kimberlite (fgVK) layers. The BVK and fgVK are volumetrically insignificant and the bulk of the pipe is infilled with MVK. The MVK can be further sub-divided into seven varieties. The two dominant varieties are described in detail, which include: main MVK (mMVK) and the juvenile-rich MVK (jrMVK). The MVKs are typically massive, clastic, poorly sorted and supported by an interclast material consisting of juvenile and xenocrystic crystals in a mud-rich matrix. Magmaclasts within the MVKs are spherical, crystalline with a typical coherent hypabyssal texture and different mineralogical varieties are typically juxtaposed. BVK units are composed of several normally graded beds of volcaniclastic material. fgVK layers are well sorted relative to the MVKs and all constituents are typically < 2 mm in size. The BVK and fgVK can be deposited only within an open vent in order to account for the sorting of the components. A distinct basalt and sandstone rich unit (bsBreccia), which is essentially devoid of kimberlite material, is also observed. Three volcaniclastic zones are identified based on consistent vertical variation in the internal stratigraphy

  16. Petrology of two diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths from the Lahtojoki kimberlite pipe, eastern Finland

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    Peltonen, P.; Kinnunen, K. A.; Huhma, H.

    2002-08-01

    Diamondiferous Group A eclogites constitute a minor portion of the mantle-derived xenoliths in the eastern Finland kimberlites. They have been derived from the depth interval 150-230 km where they are inferred to occur as thin layers or small pods within coarse-grained garnet peridotites. The chemical and isotopic composition of minerals suggest that they represent (Proterozoic?) mantle-derived melts or cumulates rather than subducted oceanic lithosphere. During magma ascent and emplacement of the kimberlites, the eclogite xenoliths were mechanically and chemically rounded judging from the types of surface markings. In addition, those octahedral crystal faces of diamonds that were partially exposed from the rounded eclogite xenolith became covered by trigons and overlain by microlamination due to their reaction with the kimberlite magma. The diamonds bear evidence of pervasive plastic deformation which is not, however, evident in the eclogite host. This suggests that annealing at ambient lithospheric temperatures has effectively recrystallised the silicates while the diamond has retained its lattice imperfections and thus still has the potential to yield information about ancient mantle deformation. One of our samples is estimated to contain approximately 90,000 ct/ton diamond implying that some diamonds occur within very high-grade pods or thin seams in the lithospheric mantle. To our knowledge, this is one of the most diamondiferous samples described.

  17. Eclogite xenoliths in west African kimberlites as residues from Archaean granitoid crust formation

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    Rollinson, Hugh

    1997-09-01

    Eclogites are a comparatively rare but petrologically important member of kimberlite xenolith suites. Their broadly basaltic chemistry has led many authors to propose that they represent ancient, subducted ocean crust. Recent studies, however, have suggested an alternative origin and propose that kimberlitic eclogites are residues from the process of Archaean granitoid crust formation. Geochemical arguments in support of this new model were previously based on the trace-element chemistry of eclogitic minerals. Here I report that the major-element chemistry of eclogite xenoliths also supports a crustal residue model. I examine eclogite xenoliths from kimberlite pipes at Koidu, Sierra Leone, which sample the lithospheric mantle underlying the Archaean (2.8Gyr) granitoid crust of the West African craton. Geochemical plots of major elements measured in unaltered, whole-rock samples of low-silica eclogite demonstrate that they are complementary to the granitoids of the West African craton and have compositions which indicate that both were derived from a common basaltic parent rock.

  18. Comment on: "The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine" by Brett R.C. et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 424 (2015) 119-131

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    Kamenetsky, Vadim S.

    2016-04-01

    Brett et al. (2015) proposed a kimberlite factory model that "…involves carbonatitic proto-kimberlite melts preferentially assimilating Opx xenocrysts as they transit the cratonic mantle lithosphere to evolve into silicic-hydrous melts that reach olivine saturation during ascent" (p. 130). A cornerstone of this model is a specific, carbonatitic composition of proto-kimberlite melts ascending through the subcratonic lithospheric mantle "…whereby parental carbonatitic magmas are progressively converted to kimberlite (e.g., Russell et al., 2012, 2013; Bussweiler et al., 2015)" (p. 120). The model by Brett et al. (2015) is based on observations of "the carbonate-sealed cracks" in olivine that "…strongly support to the hypothesis that all kimberlite magmas originate as carbonatitic-melts (e.g., Russell et al., 2012, 2013; Kamenetsky et al., 2013; Pilbeam et al., 2013; Kamenetsky and Yaxley, 2015; Bussweiler et al., 2015)." (p. 129). While the major thrust of the study by Brett et al. (2015) hinges on the premise that the parental kimberlite melt is carbonatitic, the overwhelming majority in the kimberlite community still prefers a carbonated ultramafic/ultrabasic composition for parental kimberlite melts. Thus the suggestion that kimberlites have an initial carbonatite composition is not less than "a paradigm shift" in the kimberlite petrology. It appears that a carbonatite origin for kimberlites has been proposed in many studies that significantly pre-date the publications starting from 2012 that they cite, but which unfortunately are overlooked by Brett et al. (2015). It is, therefore, worth acknowledging the research which has previously advanced this unorthodox idea.

  19. U-Pb geochronology and Sr/Nd isotope compositions of groundmass perovskite from the newly discovered Jurassic Chidliak kimberlite field, Baffin Island, Canada

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    Heaman, Larry M.; Pell, Jennifer; Grütter, Herman S.; Creaser, Robert A.

    2015-04-01

    We report the U-Pb age and Sr/Nd isotope composition for perovskite isolated from forty six kimberlite samples located in the newly discovered Chidliak field on Baffin Island, Canada. The minimum duration of kimberlite magmatism in this field was 17.9 m.y. from 157.0 to 139.1 Ma and represents a new Jurassic kimberlite field in NE Canada. The most prolific period of kimberlite magmatism occurred between 152 and 142 Ma (80% of dated kimberlites). Kimberlitic perovskite from these intrusions display a range in 87Sr/86Sr (0.7043 to 0.7030) and εNdT values (+3.9 to -0.4), overlapping the isotopic field previously defined for southern African Group I kimberlites. The ages and isotopic compositions obtained for Chidliak magmatism are identical to a number of Jurassic kimberlite fields in eastern North America and SW Greenland. Some of this Jurassic kimberlite magmatism has a link to one or more mantle plume hotspot tracks but the Chidliak kimberlites have an origin in the deep subcontinental lithospheric mantle and are part of a Jurassic magmatic province that erupted along both margins of Davis Strait; linked to upwelling asthenosphere, continental rifting, and Mesozoic-Cenozoic development of oceanic crust in the Labrador Sea basin. In contrast, the location of other eastern North American Jurassic kimberlites when plotted on a Jurassic continental reconstruction aligns closely to the northernmost projection of contours 2-4 of the African large low shearwave velocity province, consistent with a link to mantle plumes derived from the African mantle plume generating zone.

  20. Garnet peridotites from Williams kimberlites, north-central Montana, U.S.A

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    Hearn, B.C.; McGee, E.S.

    1983-01-01

    Two Williams kimberlites, 250x350m and 37x390m, in the eastern part of a swarm of 30 middle Eocene alnoitic diatremes in north-central Montana, USA, contain xenoliths of garnet-bearing lherzolites, harzburgites and dunites, in addition to spinel peridotites and upper and lower crustal amphibolites and granulites. Colluvial purple, red, and pink garnets are dominantly Mg- and Cr-rich, indicating their derivation From peridotites or megacrysts, and have CaO and Cr2O3 contents that fall in the lherzolite trend. Temperatures were calculated by the Lindsley-Dixon 20 kb method for lherzolites and by the O'Neill-Wood method for harzburgites and dunites, and pressures were calculated by the MacGregor method, or were assumed to be 50 kb for dunites. Most peridotites equilibrated at 1220-1350?C and 50-60 kb, well above a 44mW/m2 shield geotherm and on or at higher P than the graphite-diamond boundary. Four lherzolites are low T-P (830-990?C, 23-42 kb) and are close to the shield geotherm. All four low T-P lherzolites have coarse textures whereas the high T-P cluster has both coarse and porphyroclastic textures, indicating a range of conditions of deformation and recrystallization in a restricted high T-P range. The tiny size (0.01-0.2 mm) of granulated and euhedral olivines in several xenoliths shows that deformation was occurring just prior to incorporation in kimberlite and that ascent was rapid enough (40-70 km/hr) to retard Further coarsening of fine-grained olivine. For other high T-P peridotites, cessation of deformation and beginning of recrystallization before or during inclusion in kimberlite is suggested by larger (up to 3mm) euhedral olivines in a matrix of fine granulated olivine or by optical continuity of large and nearby small olivines. Two low T-P lherzolites contain distinctive, phlogopite-rimmed, 5-8mm clots of moderate-Cr garnet + Cr-spinel + Cr-diopside + enstatite that are inferred to have formed by reaction of an initial high-Cr garnet brought into the

  1. Lithosphere Structure in Southern Africa: Mantle Density, Dynamic Topography, Moho Sharpness, and Kimberlite Magmatism

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    Artemieva, I. M.; Vinnik, L. P.

    2015-12-01

    In southern Africa, both the Archean and Proterozoic blocks have the topography 500-700 m higher than in any other craton worldwide, except for the Tanzanian craton. An unusually high topography may be caused by a low density of the cratonic lithospheric mantle and/or by the dynamic support of the mantle with origin below the depth of isostatic compensation (assumed to be at the lithosphere base). We use free-board constraints to examine the relative contributions of the both factors to surface topography in the cratons of southern Africa and present regional model of density structure of the lithospheric mantle. The results indicate that 0.5-1.0 km of topography requires the dynamic contribution from the sublithospheric mantle because it cannot be explained by the lithosphere structure within the petrologically permitted range of mantle densities. The calculated lithospheric mantle density values are in an overall agreement with xenolith-based data and show an overall trend in mantle density increase from Archean to younger lithospheric terranes. Notable exceptions are the Limpopo belt and the Bushveld Intrusion Complex, which have an increased mantle density, probably as a result of melt-metasomatism. The Western Cape Fold Belt has a moderately depleted mantle with density within the range expected for Phanerozoic mantle, while mantle densities beneath the Eastern Cape Fold Belt require the presence of a significant amount of eclogite in the mantle. Mantle density structure correlates with distribution of kimberlites and with seismic velocity contrast across the Moho: kimberlite-rich regions have sharp Moho and low-density (3.32-3.33 g/cc) mantle, while kimberlite-poor regions have transient Moho and denser mantle (3.34-3.35 g/cc). We explain this pattern by melt-metasomatism which affects both mantle depletion and the Moho sharpness. We also find that regions with high mantle density host non-diamondiferous kimberlites, while diamondiferous kimberlites are

  2. Use of RADARSAT-1 satellite imagery and geophysical data for oil and kimberlite exploration

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    Paganelli, Flora

    The synergy of RADARSAT-1 and seismic imagery interpretation has been applied in the Blackstone area of the Central Alberta Foothills in the Canadian Cordillera thrust and fold belt to map the continuity of geological structures, which are of importance for oil and gas exploration. The reconstruction of the continuity of thrust-fold related major structures known in the area has been successful. Transverse faults and lineaments with ENE-WSW, NE-SW, and NNE-SSW trends have been delineated on the radar images. The ENE-WSW transverse faults have an extensional character, cut across the inner and outer Foothills and are persistent at the regional scale. The NE-SW and NNE-SSW transverse faults are wrench type faults, which are mainly localized in the inner Foothills. These structures have been identified for the first time in the area and are possibly a third generation fault-play type for oil and gas exploration. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of RADARSAT-1 images was applied in the Buffalo Head Hills area, in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), to provide an enhanced image base for structural mapping. North- and NNE-trending lineaments bounding the eastern edge of the Buffalo Head Hills along the Loon River valley, a conjugate set of NW- and NE-trending lineaments, and ENE-trending lineaments identifying the latest features in the area were outlined. The development of these structures has been related to Precambrian terrane assemblage in the WCSB during the Early Proterozoic, the development of the Peace River Arch, and the Laramide Orogeny. In the Buffalo Head Hills area a weights of evidence statistical approach was used to determine the spatial relationship of NNE-, NE-, -NW, and ENE-trending lineaments to known kimberlite locations. This method outlined different degrees of spatial correlation between kimberlites and lineaments, with higher correlations defined for the NNE, NE, and ENE lineament datasets. A weights of evidence model was then

  3. Contrasting eruption styles of the 147 Kimberlite, Fort à la Corne, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Lefebvre, Nathalie; Kurszlaukis, Stephan

    2008-06-01

    The Cretaceous Fort à la Corne (FALC) kimberlite field was active over a time span of ~ 20 Ma with contemporaneous terrestrial (Mannville Group) to marine (Lower Colorado Group) background sedimentation. Steep-sided pipes, craters and positive landform volcanoes such as scoria or tuff cones are thought to have formed during that period. The 147 Kimberlite is located in the SE section of the field's main cluster and is part of the large (~ 377.5 ha) Orion North volcanic complex. Based on logging of 25 drill cores, the morphology of the country rock/kimberlite interface suggests excavation of a complex crater field down to the upper portion of the Mannville Group sedimentary deposits. At least two types of volcaniclastic deposits are identified: a main kimberlite unit that is typically characterized by crustal xenolith-poor (1-2%), normal graded beds possibly deposited as turbidites in a subaqueous environment, originating from the nearby 148 tephra cone and infilling the adjacent 147 crater, and a second unit, located on the NE margin of the 147 Kimberlite, that represents a thick (~ 60 m) sequence of large (up to 22 m) sedimentary country rock blocks located at least 60 m above their original stratigraphic position. We suggest the following time sequence of events: Crater excavation as a consequence of a shallow magma fragmentation level within the uppermost country rock sequences, together with several closely spaced eruptive centres initially formed the complex, intercalated crater field. Subsequently, ongoing eruptions with a fragmentation level above the country rock produced the lithic fragment poor main infill of the 148 Kimberlite. Resedimentation from the outer flanks of the 148 tephra cone resulted in the deposition of turbidites in the 147 area. A consolidation phase solidified the lowermost portion of the main infill in 147. A subsequent explosion(s) occurred within the Mannville Group in the 147 area, ejecting large blocks of sedimentary country rocks

  4. Modified ion exchange separation for tungsten isotopic measurements from kimberlite samples using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Sahoo, Yu Vin; Nakai, Shun'ichi; Ali, Arshad

    2006-03-01

    Tungsten isotope composition of a sample of deep-seated rock can record the influence of core-mantle interaction of the parent magma. Samples of kimberlite, which is known as a carrier of diamond, from the deep mantle might exhibit effects of core-mantle interaction. Although tungsten isotope anomaly was reported for kimberlites from South Africa, a subsequent investigation did not verify the anomaly. The magnesium-rich and calcium-rich chemical composition of kimberlite might engender difficulty during chemical separation of tungsten for isotope analyses. This paper presents a simple, one-step anion exchange technique for precise and accurate determination of tungsten isotopes in kimberlites using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). Large quantities of Ca and Mg in kimberlite samples were precipitated and removed with aqueous H(2)SO(4). Highly pure fractions of tungsten for isotopic measurements were obtained following an anion exchange chromatographic procedure involving mixed acids. That procedure enabled efficient removal of high field strength elements (HFSE), such as Hf, Zr and Ti, which are small ions that carry strong charges and develop intense electrostatic fields. The tungsten yields were 85%-95%. Advantages of this system include less time and less use of reagents. Precise and accurate isotopic measurements are possible using fractions of tungsten that are obtained using this method. The accuracy and precision of these measurements were confirmed using various silicate standard rock samples, JB-2, JB-3 and AGV-1. PMID:16496054

  5. Continental growth through time by underplating of subducted oceanic crust: Evidence from kimberlites in South Africa and SW Pacific

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    Taylor, Lawrence A.; Neal, Clive R.

    1988-01-01

    In the dynamic model of plate tectonics, it is evident that crustal components are returned to the mantle by subduction. Chemical signatures of these subducted components were identified in ocean island volcanics and in island arc volcanics. Indeed, an origin involving a subducted protolith was postulated for certain types of xenoliths in kimberlite, including diamonds. Recent studies of eclogite xenoliths in kimberlite from southern Africa and megacrysts form the Malaitan alnoite, Solomon islands, indicate that lithospheric underplating by subducted oceanic crust has occurred in these two contrasting areas. The results of new eclogite studies from the Bellsbank kimberlite, South Africa, and isotopic data from the Malaitan alnoite megacryst suite. This forms the basis for discerning the role of lithospheric underplating in the growth of cratons and in the evolution of mantle-derived magma.

  6. Passive kimberlite intrusion into actively dilating dyke-fracture arrays: evidence from fibrous calcite veins and extensional fracture cleavage

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    Basson, I. J.; Viola, G.

    2004-09-01

    Calcite veins are invariably associated with en-echelon kimberlite dyke-fracture arrays. A detailed microstructural study of veining indicates four vein types. Type I stretched or ataxial veins are defined by high aspect ratio calcite fibers that are crystallographically continuous with calcite of the kimberlite matrix wall rock, by elongated phenocrystic phlogopite with sharp crystal terminations centered on contacts between adjacent calcite fibers and by phenocrystic phlogopite that grows or extends across these veins. Type I vein mineralogy indicates syn-dilational crystallization of vein minerals in local tensional areas within the kimberlite. Vein Types II (stretched to syntaxial elongate-blocky) and III (antitaxial) indicate late crystallization vein mineral growth during subsequent or repeated dilation. Calcite fibers in Type I to Type III veins are orthogonal to the contacts of their host dykes regardless of the orientation of vein margins. Type IV calcite veins, with blocky or mosaic/polycrystalline textures, are attributed to minor post-intrusion extension, which was potentially accompanied by repeated kimberlite intrusion within a given dyke array. Syn-crystallization/syn-intrusion Type I veins and an ubiquitous dyke-parallel fracture cleavage, in a zone up to 4 m on either side of dyke contacts, suggest that en-echelon kimberlite dyke-fracture arrays occupied the approximate center of zones of active dilation within the brittle carapace of the upper crust. Type II and III veins indicate that extension or dilation continued, independently of an occupying kimberlite fluid phase, after initial intrusion. Arrested mobile hydrofracturing, under low differential stress within the upper brittle or seismic carapace of the continental crust, followed by repeated dilation of the dyke-fracture system, is proposed as a mechanism for producing the features observed in this study. The conditions constrained in this study indicate passive dyke intrusion into dilating

  7. The Homestead kimberlite, central Montana, USA: Mineralogy, xenocrysts, and upper-mantle xenoliths

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    Carter, Hearn B., Jr.

    2004-01-01

    The Homestead kimberlite was emplaced in lower Cretaceous marine shale and siltstone in the Grassrange area of central Montana. The Grassrange area includes aillikite, alnoite, carbonatite, kimberlite, and monchiquite and is situated within the Archean Wyoming craton. The kimberlite contains 25-30 modal% olivine as xenocrysts and phenocrysts in a matrix of phlogopite, monticellite, diopside, serpentine, chlorite, hydrous Ca-Al-Na silicates, perovskite, and spinel. The rock is kimberlite based on mineralogy, the presence of atoll-textured groundmass spinels, and kimberlitic core-rim zoning of groundmass spinels and groundmass phlogopites. Garnet xenocrysts are mainly Cr-pyropes, of which 2-12% are G10 compositions, crustal almandines are rare and eclogitic garnets are absent. Spinel xenocrysts have MgO and Cr2O3 contents ranging into the diamond inclusion field. Mg-ilmenite xenocrysts contain 7-11 wt.% MgO and 0.8-1.9 wt.% Cr2O3, with (Fe+3/Fetot) from 0.17-0.31. Olivine is the only obvious megacryst mineral present. One microdiamond was recovered from caustic fusion of a 45-kg sample. Upper-mantle xenoliths up to 70 cm size are abundant and are some of the largest known garnet peridotite xenoliths in North America. The xenolith suite is dominated by dunites, and harzburgites containing garnet and/or spinel. Granulites are rare and eclogites are absent. Among 153 xenoliths, 7% are lherzolites, 61% are harzburgites, 31% are dunites, and 1% are orthopyroxenites. Three of 30 peridotite xenoliths that were analysed are low-Ca garnet-spinel harzburgites containing G10 garnets. Xenolith textures are mainly coarse granular, and only 5% are porphyroclastic. Xenolith modal mineralogy and mineral compositions indicate ancient major-element depletion as observed in other Wyoming craton xenolith assemblages, followed by younger enrichment events evidenced by tectonized or undeformed veins of orthopyroxenite, clinopyroxenite, websterite, and the presence of phlogopite

  8. The Homestead kimberlite, central Montana, USA: mineralogy, xenocrysts, and upper-mantle xenoliths

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    Carter Hearn, B.

    2004-09-01

    The Homestead kimberlite was emplaced in lower Cretaceous marine shale and siltstone in the Grassrange area of central Montana. The Grassrange area includes aillikite, alnoite, carbonatite, kimberlite, and monchiquite and is situated within the Archean Wyoming craton. The kimberlite contains 25-30 modal% olivine as xenocrysts and phenocrysts in a matrix of phlogopite, monticellite, diopside, serpentine, chlorite, hydrous Ca-Al-Na silicates, perovskite, and spinel. The rock is kimberlite based on mineralogy, the presence of atoll-textured groundmass spinels, and kimberlitic core-rim zoning of groundmass spinels and groundmass phlogopites. Garnet xenocrysts are mainly Cr-pyropes, of which 2-12% are G10 compositions, crustal almandines are rare and eclogitic garnets are absent. Spinel xenocrysts have MgO and Cr 2O 3 contents ranging into the diamond inclusion field. Mg-ilmenite xenocrysts contain 7-11 wt.% MgO and 0.8-1.9 wt.% Cr 2O 3, with (Fe +3/Fe tot) from 0.17-0.31. Olivine is the only obvious megacryst mineral present. One microdiamond was recovered from caustic fusion of a 45-kg sample. Upper-mantle xenoliths up to 70 cm size are abundant and are some of the largest known garnet peridotite xenoliths in North America. The xenolith suite is dominated by dunites, and harzburgites containing garnet and/or spinel. Granulites are rare and eclogites are absent. Among 153 xenoliths, 7% are lherzolites, 61% are harzburgites, 31% are dunites, and 1% are orthopyroxenites. Three of 30 peridotite xenoliths that were analysed are low-Ca garnet-spinel harzburgites containing G10 garnets. Xenolith textures are mainly coarse granular, and only 5% are porphyroclastic. Xenolith modal mineralogy and mineral compositions indicate ancient major-element depletion as observed in other Wyoming craton xenolith assemblages, followed by younger enrichment events evidenced by tectonized or undeformed veins of orthopyroxenite, clinopyroxenite, websterite, and the presence of phlogopite

  9. Crystallization of diamond from a silicate melt of kimberlite composition in high-pressure and high-temperature experiments

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    Arima, Makoto; Nakayama, Kazuhiro ); Akaishi, Minoru; Yamaoka, Shinobu; Kanda, Hisao )

    1993-11-01

    In high-pressure and high-temperature experiments (1800-2200[degrees]C and 7.0-7.7 GPa), diamond crystallized and grew in a volatile-rich silicate melt of kimberlite composition. This diamond has well-developed [111] faces, and its morphologic characteristics resemble those of natural diamond but differ from those of synthetic diamond grown from metallic solvent-catalysts. The kimberlite melt has a strong solvent-catalytic effect on diamond formation, supporting the view that some natural diamonds crystallized from volatile-rich melts in the upper mantle. 19 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Comparative characteristic of diamonds with olivine inclusions from the Ebelyakh placer and kimberlite pipes of the Yakutian Diamondiferous Province

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    Ugap'eva, S. S.; Pavlushin, A. D.; Goryainov, S. V.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2016-05-01

    The results of morphological examination and the character of the structural orientation and estimation of residual pressure calculated from spectra of combination dispersion in olivine inclusions within diamonds of the Ebelyakh placer and kimberlite pipes of the Yakutian Diamondiferous Province are presented. The data analysis aimed at revealing indications of similarity and/or differences between diamonds from the pipes and the placer. Differences in the structural orientation and spectra of combination dispersion of the inclusions of olivine in dodecahedroids of placers of the northeastern part of the Siberian Platform support the assumption of their non-kimberlite nature.

  11. Mn-ilmenites from the Norris kimberlite: metasomatism in the mantle of the south appalachians

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    Klobcar, C.L.; Taylor, L.A.

    1985-01-01

    Kimberlites provide petrologists a tantalyzingly diverse sample of the mantle. The Norris kimberlite (30 mile North of Knoxville, Tennessee) contains a unique suite of ilmenite nodules and megacrysts that span a wide compositional range. Some nodules contain the highest MnO contents yet reported (up to 71 mol% MnTiO/sub 3/). These ilmenites reflect redox changes in the upper mantle/lower crust and are our only samples of the mantle underlying the South Appalachians. Ilmenite can be divided into three groups: I high MnO (to 31 wt%), low MgO (<1 wt%); II High Mgo (to 15 wt%), low Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ (<1 wt%); and III High Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ (to 6.5 wt%) high MgO (to 12 wt%). Ilmenite can also be grouped by Fe/sup 2 +//Fe/sup 2 +/ + Fe/sup 3 +/ (Fe') into low Fe' (<0.8) and high Fe' (>0.8) (cf. Tompkins and Haggerty, 1985). Type II shows no marked increase in MgO from core to rim, common in other kimberlites; Fe' is also constant. Type I occurs in a variety of forms and is secondary to Types II and III. These ilmenites reflect a distinct evolution in the redox conditions which occurred during their formation. Type I (high MnO) formed at some later time and involved a highly-reducing form of metasomatism. Alteration of ilmenites also formed perovskite and spinel. This represents a unique type of Mn metasomatism and emphasizes the heterogeneity of the mantle of the N.A. craton.

  12. Lithospheric mantle structure and the diamond potential of kimberlites in southern D.R. Congo

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    Batumike, J. M.; Griffin, W. L.; O'Reilly, S. Y.

    2009-11-01

    Mantle-derived peridotitic garnet xenocrysts from kimberlites in the Mbuji Mayi and Kundelungu areas and from heavy-mineral concentrates collected in the Luebo area, D.R. Congo, have been analysed for major- and trace-element compositions in order to understand the structure and composition of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) and the diamond potential of the kimberlites. The lithosphere beneath the Kundelungu Plateau is ca 175 km thick and has been affected by pronounced melt metasomatism. Garnets from the Kundelungu Plateau indicate an initially cool geotherm (~ 35 mW/m 2), which was disturbed by asthenospheric melts that penetrated the SCLM shortly before kimberlite intrusion ca 32 Ma ago. Harzburgitic garnets are very rare, but some lherzolitic garnets display compositions similar to garnets included in diamond. Garnets from the Mbuji Mayi region indicate a cool geotherm (35 mW/m 2); the SCLM is ~ 210 km thick and was affected by melt-related and phlogopite-related metasomatisms. Harzburgitic garnets form about 33% of the analysed population. The garnets from the Luebo region indicate a cool lithospheric geotherm (35 mW/m 2) typical of cratonic areas. The SCLM from which the garnets were derived was relatively thick (205 km), affected by melt-related and phlogopite-related metasomatisms and characterised by the presence of a ~ 80-km thick harzburgite-rich layer. In terms of peridotitic diamond potential, Mbuji Mayi and Luebo are more prospective than Kundelungu. The initially cool conductive geotherm, the presence of some garnets with compositions similar to garnets included in diamond and the presence of sporadic diamond in the Kundelungu Plateau suggest that diamond initially was present in the lithosphere and the observed paucity of diamond may be due to the melt-related metasomatism that affected the lithosphere in the region. We suggest that the lithospheric mantle beneath Kundelungu is a strongly modified Archean cratonic lithosphere that has

  13. Tychite in mantle xenoliths from kimberlites: The first find and a new genetic type

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    Sharygin, I. S.; Golovin, A. V.; Korsakov, A. V.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2016-03-01

    Tychite Na6Mg2(CO3)4(SO3) is a rare natural Na and Mg sulfatocarbonate. It is found only as minor mineral in deposits of saline lakes in the United States, Canada, Uganda, and China. In these continental evaporites tychite has sedimentary genesis. In this study, we report the first occurrence of tychite as a crystal phase in the melt inclusions in olivine from mantle xenoliths of the Udachnaya-East kimberlite pipe. This find provides an evidence for the probability of tychite crystallization from melts; i.e., this rare sulfatocarbonate may have a magmatic origin as well.

  14. PGE distribution in deformed lherzolites of the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe (Yakutia)

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    Ilyina, O. V.; Tychkov, N. S.; Agashev, A. M.; Golovin, A. V.; Izokh, A. E.; Kozmenko, O. A.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2016-04-01

    The results of the first study of the PGE distribution in deformed lherzolites of the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe (Yakutia) are presented here. The complex character of evolution of the PGE composition in the Deformed lherzolites is assumed to be the result of silicate metasomatism. At the first stage, growth in the amount of clinopyroxene and garnet in the rock is accompanied by a decrease in the concentration of the compatible PGE (Os, Ir). During the final stage, the rock is enriched with incompatible PGE (Pt, Pd) and Re possible due to precipitation of submicron-sized particles of sulfides in the interstitial space of these mantle rocks.

  15. On the unusual characteristics of the diamonds from Letšeng-la-Terae kimberlites, Lesotho

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    Bowen, Debbie C.; Ferraris, Ray D.; Palmer, Claire E.; Ward, John D.

    2009-11-01

    The Letšeng-la-Terae kimberlites are situated 3100 m above sea level in the Maloti Mountains of Lesotho, southern Africa. The principal economic bodies are two Late Cretaceous, low grade, 1-3.5 carats/hundred ton (cpht), kimberlite pipes that host high-value diamonds realising US 2000-2500/carat (/ct) in 2008 terms. Locally, the larger kimberlite body is referred to as the Main Pipe (17.2 ha) and the smaller one is called the Satellite Pipe (5.2 ha). These pipes, and their associated eluvial and proximal alluvial deposits, are renowned for yielding large, "D" colour, gem quality diamonds, including + 100 carat (ct) stones. Earlier artisanal effort (1959-1977) and formal mining (1977-1982) produced 335,000 carats (cts), including the 601 ct Lesotho Brown in 1968. In 2003, Letšeng Diamonds Limited re-commenced mining operations and had produced 265,000 cts by the end of July 2008, including 24 + 100 ct diamonds, the largest of which was the 603 ct Lesotho Promise. We report here on the unusual characteristics of the Letšeng diamond population that include: 75% gem quality that is more commonly associated with alluvial diamond deposits, large average stone size of ca. 1 carat/stone (ct/stn) that is also more typical of certain alluvial diamond placers, high-yielding, rounded to flattened irregular, resorbed dodecahedral shapes (Main Pipe 67% and Satellite Pipe 87%) with subordinate dodecahedral macle (Main Pipe 32% and Satellite Pipe 12%) and broken (ca. 1%) forms. In both pipes the octahedral component is virtually absent (< 0.1%), economically favourable colour mix (ca. 33% white colour diamonds in both pipes), abundance of nitrogen-free, "D" colour, Type IIa diamonds that dominate the internationally recognised "special" stone size fraction which covers all diamonds larger than + 10.8 cts (Main Pipe 32% and Satellite Pipe 51%). During 2008, these larger, "special" diamonds commanded prices in excess of US 15,000/ct, contributing ca. 75% of the revenue generated

  16. Moissanite (SiC) from kimberlites: Polytypes, trace elements, inclusions and speculations on origin

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    Shiryaev, A. A.; Griffin, W. L.; Stoyanov, E.

    2011-03-01

    An extensive collection of moissanite (SiC) grains from the Mir, Aikhal and Udachnaya kimberlite pipes of Yakutia has been characterized in terms of structural perfection, defects and the major- and trace-element chemistry of SiC and its included phases. The natural grains are clearly distinct from synthetic SiC produced by various methods. Most of the natural SiC grains are 6H and 15R polytypes. Some of the grains (< 10%) show extremely complex Raman spectra indicating strongly disordered structures. Some grains also show zoning in impurities, C-isotope composition and cathodoluminescence brightness. Inclusions are heterogeneously distributed within the natural SiC; their size varies from a few nanometers to hundreds of microns. The most abundant inclusions in SiC are Si metal and iron silicide (FeSi 2); a Si-C-O phase with stoichiometry close to Si 4(C,O) 7 probably is related to the silicon oxycarbides. FeSi 2 commonly appears to have exsolved from Si metal; in some cases Ti metal then has exsolved from FeSi 2 to form symplectites. Trace elements are strongly concentrated in the inclusions of FeSi 2 and Si 4(C,O) 7. The trace-element patterns of these phases are generally similar in the different kimberlites, but there are some consistent minor differences between localities. The trace-element patterns of FeSi 2 and Si 4(C,O) 7 are strongly enriched in LREE/HREE and are broadly similar to the patterns of kimberlites, carbonatites and some diamond-forming fluids. However, extreme negative anomalies in Eu (and Sm) suggest highly reducing conditions. Yb also shows strong negative anomalies in FeSi 2 from all three localities, and in Si 4(C,O) 7 from Aikhal and Mir, but not in those from Udachnaya. Trace-element chemistry and the nature of the inclusions provide a reliable basis for distinguishing natural and synthetic SiC. Textural and chemical features and the presence of oxidation products (Si 4(C,O) 7 and SiO 2) suggest that moissanite grew at high temperatures

  17. Sm-Nd, K-Ar and petrologic study of some kimberlites from eastern United States and their implication for mantle evolution

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    Basu, A.R.; Rubury, E.; Mehnert, H.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1984-01-01

    We provide new data on Sm-Nd systematics, K-Ar dating and the major element chemistry of kimberlites from the eastern United States (mostly from central New York State) and their constituent mineral phases of olivine, clinopyroxene, garnet, phlogopite and perovskite. In addition, we report Nd-isotopes in a few kimberlites from South Africa, Lesotho and from the eastern part of China. The major element compositions of the New York dike rocks and of their constituent minerals including a xenolith of eclogite are comparable with those from the Kimberley area in South Africa. The K-Ar age of emplacement of the New York dikes is further established to be 143 Ma. We have analyzed the Nd-isotopic composition of the following kimberlites and related rocks: Nine kimberlite pipes from South Africa and Lesotho, two from southern India; one from the U.S.S.R., fifteen kimberlite pipes and related dike rocks from eastern and central U.S. and two pipes from the Shandong Province of eastern China. The age of emplacement of these kimberlites ranges from 1300 million years to 90 million years. The initial Nd-isotopic compositions of these kimberlitic rocks expressed as e{open}NdIwith respect to a chondritic bulk-earth growth-curve show a range between 0 and +4, with the majority of the kimberlites being in the range 0 to +2. This range is not matched by any other suite of mantle-derived igneous rocks. This result strengthens our earlier conclusion that kimberlitic liquids are derived from a relatively primeval and unique mantle reservoir with a nearly chondritic Sm/Nd ratio. ?? 1984 Springer-Verlag.

  18. H2O-CO2 solubility in low SiO2-melts and the unique mode of kimberlite degassing and emplacement

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    Moussallam, Yves; Morizet, Yann; Gaillard, Fabrice

    2016-08-01

    Kimberlites are the most deep-seated magmas in the mantle and ascend to the surface at an impressive speed, travelling hundreds of kilometres in just hours while carrying a substantial load of xenolithic material, including diamonds. The ascent dynamics of these melts are buoyancy-controlled and certainly driven by outgassing of volatile species, presumably H2O and CO2, summing to concentration level of ca 15-30 wt.% in kimberlite melts. We provide H2O-CO2 solubility data obtained on quenched glasses that are synthetic analogues of kimberlite melts (SiO2 content ranging from 18 to 28 wt.%). The experiments were conducted in the pressure range 100 to 350 MPa. While the CO2 solubility can reach 20 wt.%, we show that the H2O solubility in these low silica melts is indistinguishable from that found for basalts. Moreover, whereas in typical basalts most of the water exsolves at shallower pressure than the CO2, the opposite relationship is true for the low-SiO2 composition investigated. These data show that kimberlites can rise to depths of the upper crust without suffering significant degassing and must release large quantities of volatiles (>15 wt.%) within the very last few kilometres of ascent. This unconventional degassing path may explain the characteristic pipe, widening-upward from a ≤2.5 km deep root zone, where kimberlites are mined for diamonds. Furthermore, we show that small changes in melt chemistry and original volatile composition (H2O vs. CO2) provide a single mechanism to explain the variety of morphologies of kimberlite pipes found over the world. The cooling associated to such massive degassing must freeze a large quantity of melt explaining the occurrence of hypabyssal kimberlite. Finally, we provide strong constraints on the primary volatile content of kimberlite, showing that the water content reported for kimberlite magma is mostly reflective of secondary alteration.

  19. [Study on the micro-infrared spectra and origin of polycrystalline diamonds from Mengyin kimberlite pipes].

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    Yang, Zhi-Jun; Liang, Rong; Zeng, Xiang-Qing; Ge, Tie-Yan; Ai, Qun; Zheng, Yun-Long; Peng, Ming-Sheng

    2012-06-01

    The natural polycrystalline diamonds from the Mengyin kimberlite pipes can be classified as the euhedral faceted polycrystalline diamonds and anhedral rounded polycrystalline diamonds. The results of micro-FTIR spectra characterization of the polycrystalline diamonds show that the concentration of nitrogen is low, varying from 16.69 to 72.81 microgram per gram and is different among different diamond grains or position in polycrystalline diamonds. The euhedral faceted polycrystalline diamonds are Ia AB type and have higher concentration of A-center defects than B-center defects. Most of the anhedral rounded polycrystalline diamonds are Ia AB type and have higher content of B-center defects. A minority of the anhedral rounded polycrystalline diamonds have C-center, A-center and B-center defects simultaneously. The polycrystalline diamonds probably originated from the relatively deeper mantle and were not formed in diamond nucleation stage, but in the diamond growth period or some special conditions after the diamond grains were formed already. Furthermore, the euhedral faceted polycrystalline diamonds were formed slightly later and the anhedral rounded polycrystalline diamonds were formed obviously earlier than the diamond single crystals from the Mengyin kimberlite pipes. PMID:22870630

  20. [Research on the X-ray fluorescence spectrometry method to determine trace elements in kimberlite].

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    Zhang, Lei; Yan, Chuan-wei; Lu, Yi

    2003-04-01

    It is very important to detect trace elements for kilmberlite. Through improving the working conditions of X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and optimizing the analytical conditions, the determination method of trace elements, such as Sc, Cr, Ni, Y, Nb, La, in kimberlite was worked out. The method has been successfully applied to the determination of trace elements in over 2 thousand samples of kimberlite from Liaoning province. The detection limits of the method were relatively low (the detection limit of Sc droped from 9.54 to 2.83 micrograms.g-1 and the detection limit of La droped from 21.68 micrograms.g-1 to 9.18 micrograms.g-1), i.e. 2.83, 2.15, 2.20, 1.17, 1.05 and 9.18 micrograms.g-1 for Sc, Cr, Ni, Y, Nb and La, respectively. The precision of the method was very high with 2.10%-7.09% of RSD (n = 20). Compared with ICP spectrometry this method is satisfactory. The method has proven to be simple and rapid with low cost and high efficiency. PMID:12961906

  1. Peridotite xenoliths from the Jagersfontein kimberlite pipe: I. Primary and primary-metasomatic mineralogy

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    Harte, B. ); Gurney, J.J. ); Winterburn, P.A. Isotope Geochemistry Facility, Pretoria )

    1990-02-01

    The geochemistry and textures of peridotite xenoliths from the Jagersfontein kimberlite pipe are reported. The xenoliths have a primary mineralogy of olivine {plus minus} orthopyroxene {plus minus} clinopyroxene {plus minus} garnet {plus minus} spinel. They are subdivided into coarse and deformed xenoliths corresponding to high- and low-temperature estimates, respectively. Coarse-grained xenoliths are further subdivided into low- and medium-temperature groups. Mineral chemistry of these two groups is distinct, e.g., clinopyroxene 100 Al/(Al + Cr) 24 to 60 and 60 to 70 in the medium- and low-temperature groups, respectively. Low-temperature xenoliths have undergone exsolution of pyroxene, spinel, and garnet in their pyroxenes. Primary modal metasomatism has occurred in the coarse xenoliths with the replacement of orthopyroxene by edenitic amphibole in the low-temperature xenoliths and of clinopyroxene by low-Ti phlogopite in the medium-temperature xenoliths. The amphibole stability limit confines it to shallower depths. Metasomatized xenoliths have been enriched in K, Na, Al, and Ca, and trace incompatible elements. Metasomatism is considered to have occurred at round 1 Ga by the infiltration of, and reaction with, ascending H{sub 2}O-rich fluids with Sr and Nd isotopic characteristics similar to group II kimberlites. The widespread chemical equilibrium seen in metasomatized xenoliths suggests that the particularly distinctive features of the low-temperature Jagersfontein xenoliths, namely exsolution and very low equilibration temperatures, may also be a result of the primary metasomatism.

  2. Garnet peridotite xenoliths in a Montana, U.S.A., kimberlite

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    Carter, Hearn B., Jr.; Boyd, F.R.

    1975-01-01

    Within a swarm of late middle Eocene subsilicic-alkalic diatremes, one diatreme 270 by 370 m and an associated dike contain common xenoliths of granulite and rare xenoliths of spinel peridotite and garnet peridotite. Six garnet lherzolite xenoliths have been found and these show a range of textures. Four are granular, and two are intensely sheared. Phlogopite is absent from the intensely sheared xenoliths and is thought to be primary in part in the granular xenoliths. Estimated temperatures and depths of equilibration of xenolith pyroxenes range from 920??C, 106 km (32 kbar) to 1315??C, 148 km (47 kbar). The xenoliths show increasing amounts of deformation with greater inferred depths of origin. The temperature-depth points suggest a segment of an Eocene geotherm for Montana which is similar in slope to the steep portion of the pyroxene-determined Lesotho geotherm (Boyd and Nixon, this volume) and is considerably steeper than typical calculated shield and continental geotherms at present. The steep trend could be a result of plate-tectonic shearing and magma ascension within an Eocene low-velocity zone. Preservation of intensely sheared textures requires rapid transport of material from about 150 km depth during active deformation of relatively dry rock. The occurrence of monticellite peridotite in this kimberlite diatreme suggests that magmas which crystallized to monticellite peridotite at relatively shallow depth could be one of the primitive types of kimberlite magma. ?? 1975.

  3. Stable isotope paleoclimatology of the earliest Eocene using kimberlite-hosted mummified wood from the Canadian Subarctic

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    Hook, B. A.; Halfar, J.; Gedalof, Z.; Bollmann, J.; Schulze, D.

    2014-11-01

    The recent discovery of well-preserved mummified wood buried within a subarctic kimberlite diamond mine prompted a paleoclimatic study of the early Eocene "hothouse" (ca. 53.3 Ma). At the time of kimberlite eruption, the Subarctic and Artic were warm and humid producing a temperate rainforest biome well north of the Arctic Circle. Previous studies have estimated mean annual temperatures in this region were 4-20 °C in the early Eocene, using a variety of proxies including leaf margin analysis, and stable isotopes (δ18O) of fossil cellulose. Here, we examine stable isotopes of tree-ring cellulose at subannual to annual scale resolution, using the oldest viable cellulose found to date. We use mechanistic models and transfer functions to estimate earliest Eocene temperatures using mummified cellulose, which was well preserved in the kimberlite. Multiple samples of Piceoxylon wood within the kimberlite were crossdated by tree-ring width. Multiple proxies are used in combination to tease apart likely environmental factors influencing the tree physiology and growth in the unique extinct ecosystem of the Polar rainforest. Calculations of interannual variation in temperature over a multidecadal time-slice in the early Eocene are presented, with a mean temperature estimate of 11.4 °C (1σ = 1.8 °C) based on δ18O. Dual-isotope spectral analysis suggests that multidecadal climate cycles similar to the modern Pacific Decadal Oscillation likely drove temperature and cloudiness trends on 20-30 year timescales.

  4. Stratigraphic relations, kimberlite emplacement and lithospheric thermal evolution, Quiricó Basin, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

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    Read, George; Grutter, Herman; Winter, Stewart; Luckman, Nigel; Gaunt, Frank; Thomsen, Fernando

    2004-09-01

    The Quiricó Basin covers an area of 10,000 km 2 and is situated to the west of the conventionally defined southwestern margin of the Archean São Francisco craton in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The sedimentary infill of the Quiricó Basin consists of lightly metamorphosed shallow marine clastic bedrock sediments of the Bambuı´ Group (˜650±15 Ma), unconformably overlain by Early Cretaceous terrigenous lacustrine (Quiricó Formation), alluvial fan (Abaeté Formation) and fluvial/aeolian (Três Barras Formation) deposits of the Areado Group. Rare kimberlites and ubiquitous kamafugites of the Alto Paranaı´ba Igneous Province (APIP) erupted through the recently deposited sediments of the Quiricó Basin in the time period 95-61 Ma. The 120-m-thick Mata da Corda Group overlies the Late Cretaceous Areado Group over an area of 8000 km 2 and is composed largely of extrusive kamafugite and related volcanosedimentary material. Unusually large diamonds with proximal surface features and population characteristics are well known to occur in rivers and streams that drain the stratigraphic succession in the Quiricó Basin, prompting the search for their presumably local primary source(s) and a possibly associated Archean basement or cratonic root. Conceptual exploration models for this setting may in part be based on the diamondiferous 120 Ma Canastra and 95 Ma Três Ranchos kimberlites, but require reconciliation with the observed abundance of 85-61 Ma old diamond-free kamafugites. Field relations and carefully controlled stratigraphic samples show that a distinctive mantle-derived indicator mineral suite occurs in the Maxixe Member, a volcaniclastic breccia unit that occurs at the base of the Mata da Corda Group. A detailed thermobarometric comparison of mantle-derived xenocrystic clinopyroxene compositions from this member with clinopyroxene populations derived from kimberlites and kamafugites situated in the Quiricó Basin shows a distinct and abrupt change in

  5. Superplume Under the Siberian Craton: Evidence from Metasomatic Signatures in Kimberlitic Xenoliths

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    Pokhilenko, N.; Taylor, L. A.; Agashev, A. M.; Pokhilenko, L.; Baziotis, I. P.; Carmody, L.; Smith, G. B.

    2012-12-01

    A superplume is proposed to have existed under the Siberian Craton from the mid-Paleozoic to the late Mesozoic. The most dramatic result of this was the eruption of 17 million km3 of the Siberian trap magma at 250 ±2 Ma. However, the effects of this plume were recorded earlier in Devonian (~360 Ma) kimberlitic peridotites, as minor "basaltic" metasomatic overprinting. Indeed, peridotites from later kimberlites (~145 Ma) show evidence for similar, yet extensive, metasomatism, thereby bracketing the major plume climax with possible effects both prior and after this extensive activity. Indeed, a comparative analysis of petrological, mineralogical, and geochemical results from these early and late, Devonian versus Jurassic, peridotites have shown that the thickness of lithosphere of North-Eastern part of Siberian Platform was around 230 km at Middle Paleozoic time and decreased to 140-150 km by Late Mesozoic time. The Devonian Udachnaya kimberlite (central craton), one of the largest diamondiferous pipes in the world, provides a suite of garnet peridotites (>90%), many of which possess a 'sheared' texture. These peridotites possess evidence for a late-stage cryptic metasomatism, particularly in the garnets, exemplified by a notable increase in CaO, with a near constant Cr2O3 content, as the garnet compositions move from the harzburgitic field into that of lherzolites. Conversely, the xenolith suite from the Mesozoic Obnazhennaya kimberlite (north-east craton) is comprised of more pyroxenite xenoliths, with rare peridotite lithologies. The metasomatic over-print on these xenoliths has produced a more fertile chemistry, with the garnets becoming less Cr-rich, following a lherzolitic trend. These two trends in the garnets suggest that a long-lasting metasomatic ultra-event, the same metasomatic processes (and possibly similar sources), operated during both time periods. Changes from harzburgitic in the older Udachnaya peridotite rims to lherzolitic core-rim compositions

  6. Using of clinopyroxene thermobarometry for the eclogites and omphacite diamond inclusions of Yakutian and worldwide kimberlites .

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Spetsius, Zdislav; Downes, Hilary; Logvinova, Alla; Ravi, Subramanian; Ntaflos, Theodoros

    2014-05-01

    Modified clinopyroxene thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010) in combination with (Krogh, 1988) or (Nimis, Taylor, 2000) thermometers checked using 570 published runs in eclogite system clarified position of eclogites in Siberian and Worldwide SCLM (Ashchepkov et al, 2010; 2012; 2013). In Siberia Fe- eclogites related to Fe- basalts or TTG cumulates sediments and are found in the middle pyroxenite layer formed in Early Archean when eclogites can't be subducted and were remelted in near 100 -130 km (3.5-4GPa) (Udachnaya, Mir, Prianabarie) . In Middle and late Archean they locate ~5 GPa forming several deeper levels (Udachnaya). Hi- Mg arc cumulates (Horodyskyj ea, 2007) are related to the different depth and relate to Low-T geotherms starting from 7.5 to 4 GPa. Diamond omphacite inclusions from melt metasomatized eclogites or protokimberlite cumulates often trace HT geotherm. In Siberia eclogites positions in SCLM differ. In Magan terrain abundant eclogites of varying (Mg') correspond to different types. Majority (4-5 GPa, MaloBotupbinsky and Khramai) form several trends decreasing P- Fe corresponding to melt differentiation and reaction with kimberlites referring to high -T conditions. The 3.0-3.5 GPa lens traced by both high and low-Fe eclogites. Cold low Fe type are probably referring to subduction type eclogites (LT) but HT -to protokimberlite crystallization . In West Daldyn (Alakit) terrain eclogites locate in middle SCLM part. In Daldyn West they are distributed in all section. In Nakyn field (Markha terrane) Fe-rich eclogites dominate in lower SCLM like in Upper Muna fields. In northern Siberian craton part in Hapchan (Kuoyka) and Birekte terrain most eclogites belong to middle part. Those from Upper part may corresponds to TTG cumulates. Abundant eclogite diamond inclusions suggest that they should be also in the low SCLM. Proterozoic kimberlites commonly carry hot eclogites from middle part like in Wajrakarur field (KL-4) in India where Ca- rich

  7. Origin of Ti-rich garnets in the groundmass of Wajrakarur field kimberlites, southern India: insights from EPMA and Raman spectroscopy

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    Dongre, Ashish N.; Viljoen, K. S.; Rao, N. V. Chalapathi; Gucsik, A.

    2016-04-01

    Although Ti-rich garnets are commonly encountered in the groundmass of many alkaline igneous rocks, they are comparatively rare in kimberlites. Here we report on the occurrence of Ti-rich garnets in the groundmass of the P-15 and KL-3 kimberlites from the diamondiferous Wajrakarur field in the Eastern Dharwar craton of southern India. These garnets contain considerable Ti (11.7-23.9 wt.% TiO2), Ca (31.3-35.8 wt.% CaO), Fe (6.8-15.5 wt.% FeOT) and Cr (0.04-9.7 wt.% Cr2O3), but have low Al (0.2-5.7 wt.% Al2O3). In the case of the P-15 kimberlite they display a range in compositions from andradite to schorlomite, with a low proportion of grossular (andradite(17.7-49.9)schorlomite(34.6-49.5)-grossular(3.7-22.8)-pyrope(1.9-10.4)). A few grains also contain significant chromium and represent a solid solution between schorlomite and uvarovite. The Ti-rich garnets in the KL-3 kimberlite, in contrast, are mostly schorlomitic (54.9-90.9 mol %) in composition. The Ti-rich garnets in the groundmass of these two kimberlites are intimately associated with chromian spinels, perhaps suggesting that the garnet formed through the replacement of spinel. From the textural evidence, it appears unlikely that the garnets could have originated through secondary alteration, but rather seem to have formed through a process in which early magmatic spinels have reacted with late circulating, residual fluids in the final stages of crystallization of the kimberlite magma. Raman spectroscopy provides evidence for low crystallinity in the spinels which is likely to be a result of their partial transformation into andradite during their reaction with a late-stage magmatic (kimberlitic) fluid. The close chemical association of these Ti-rich garnets in TiO2-FeO-CaO space with those reported from ultramafic lamprophyres (UML) is also consistent with results predicted by experimental studies, and possibly implies a genetic link between kimberlite and UML magmas. The occurrence of Ti-rich garnets of

  8. Natural occurrence of silicon carbide in a diamondiferous kimberlite from Fuxian

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    Leung, I.; Guo, W.; Friedman, I.; Gleason, J.

    1990-01-01

    Considerable debate surrounds the existence of silicon carbide in nature, mostly owing to the problem of possible contamination by man-made SiC. Recently, Gurney1 reviewed reports of rare SiC inclusions in diamonds, and noted that SiC can only be regarded as a probable rather than proven cogenetic mineral. Here we report our observation of clusters of SiC coexisting with diamond in a kimberlite from Fuxian, China. Macrocrysts of ??-SiC are overgrown epitaxially by ??-SiC, and both polymorphs are structurally well ordered. We have also measured the carbon isotope compositions of SiC and diamonds from Fuxian. We find that SiC is more enriched in 12C than diamond by 20% relative to the PDB standard. Isotope fractionation might have occurred through an isotope exchange reaction in a common carbon reservoir. Silicon carbide may thus ultimately provide information on carbon cycling in the Earth's mantle.

  9. Helium isotopic variability within single diamonds from the Orapa kimberlite pipe

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    Kurz, Mark D.; Jenkins, William J.; Lott, Dempsey E., III; Gurney, John J.

    1987-01-01

    The possible relationships between diamond mineralogy and helium isotopes were investigated by measuring the distribution and isotopic composition of He in a suite of well-characterized one-carat diamonds from the Orapa kimberlite, Botswana. The results of crushing in vacuo experiments indicated that most of He was contained in the matrix, rather than in the inclusions of the diamonds. Step-heating of individual diamonds at 2000 C released He of He-3/He-4 ratios that differed by up to a factor of 100 among the two heating steps, revealing large isotopic variations within individual diamonds. It is suggested that this internal isotopic variability is the result of stepwise graphitization: the first heating step initiates graphitization which nucleates around defects in a diamond, and the second step graphitizes the relatively defect-free regions of the diamond. This explanation predicts that the highest He-3/He-4 ratios should be found in most perfect crystals.

  10. Statistical Characteristics of Xenoliths in the Antioch Kimberlite Pipe, Marshall County, Northeastern Kansas

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    Kotov, S.; Berendsen, P.

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical characteristics of xenoliths in the Antioch kimberlite pipe have been considered in statistical terms. A method of conversion of 2D intersections to 3D dimensions was used. It has been shown that the Rosin-Rammler distribution of mass leads to the Weibull distribution of sizes, whereas a fractal distribution of sizes can be expressed as the Pareto distribution. Lognormal, Weibull, and Pareto distributions have been tested as model distributions. The Pareto distribution could be the most appropriate model for the distribution of xenoliths. This conclusion is in agreement with the general concept that the xenoliths formed as a result of an underground explosion without additional breakage occurring during magma transport. The final distribution maybe shifted from the initial model as a result of processes of redistribution and sorting of xenoliths in liquid-crystalline flows. ?? 2002 International Association for Mathematical Geology.

  11. Inclusions of Cr- and Cr-Nb-Rutile in pyropes from the Internatsionalnaya kimberlite pipe, Yakutia

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    Rezvukhin, D. I.; Malkovets, V. G.; Sharygin, I. S.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Litasov, K. D.; Gibsher, A. A.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2016-02-01

    The results of study of rutile inclusions in pyrope from the Internatsionalnaya kimberlite pipe are presented. Rutile is characterized by unusually high contents of impurities (up to 25 wt %). The presence of Cr2O3 (up to 9.75 wt %) and Nb2O5 (up to 15.57 wt %) are most typical. Rutile inclusions often occur in assemblage with Ti-rich oxides: picroilmenite and crichtonite group minerals. The Cr-pyropes with inclusions of rutile, picroilmenite, and crichtonite group minerals were formed in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Mirnyi field during their joint crystallization from melts enriched in Fe, Ti, and other incompatible elements as a result of metasomatic enrichment of the depleted lithospheric mantle.

  12. Spatial, temporal, mineralogical, and compositional variations in Mesozoic kimberlitic magmatism in New York State

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    Bailey, David G.; Lupulescu, Marian V.

    2015-01-01

    Mesozoic kimberlitic magmatism was geographically widespread across central New York State, and nearly 90 distinct intrusions have been discovered since the first "serpentinite body" was described over 175 years ago. Most of the intrusions are narrow (< 30 cm wide), near vertical, north-south oriented dikes, although three larger, irregular diatremes are also known. Previous studies assumed that all of the intrusions were genetically and temporally related, and often examined only a small sub-set of the intrusions. By combining modern samples with historic samples in the collections of the New York State Museum and Hamilton College, we were able to obtain detailed mineralogical and geochemical data on samples from 27 distinct intrusions. The intrusions can be divided into four distinct groups on the basis of both mineralogy and geochemistry, and previously published radiometric age dates suggest that these four groups may also have distinct emplacement ages. Group A intrusions are exposed on the western margin of Cayuga Lake near Ithaca, and are characterized by olivine and phlogopite macrocrysts in a serpentine and phlogopite-rich matrix. These intrusions are relatively Ti-rich and contain abundant perovskite grains in the groundmass that yielded U-Pb crystallization ages of ~ 146 Ma (Heaman and Kjarsgaard, 2000). Group B intrusions are exposed over a relatively large area surrounding Ithaca, and are characterized by having a diverse macrocryst assemblage that includes pyrope, diopside, and spinel in addition to olivine and phlogopite. These intrusions are the most incompatible and REE enriched, and are chemically similar to the Kirkland Lake kimberlites in eastern Ontario. Intrusion ages for this group cluster between 125 and 110 Ma. Group C intrusions are all found within the city of Syracuse, and are similar to the Group B intrusions in both mineralogy and chemistry. They appear to be somewhat older, with intrusion ages of 135-125 Ma. Finally, Group D

  13. Crust and Upper Mantle Structure in the Sarfartoq Kimberlite Province, West Greenland: A Receiver Function Study

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    Dahl-Jensen, T.; Voss, P.; Larsen, L. M.; Steensgaard, B. M.; Pinna, L. G. B.

    2014-12-01

    A marked change in crustal thickness is seen at the deformation boundary between undisturbed Archean core in the south and reworked Archean gneiss in the foreland of the Nagssugtoqidian orogen in West Greenland. In addition, intra-crustal boundaries can be tentativly interpreted. Interpretations on upper mantle structures are less clear. This is the first information on crust and upper mantle structure in the area, which is known for kimberlite, carbonatite and ultramafic lamprophyre occurrences, and diamond exploration. The data consists of two summer seasons of passive seismological data recorded on 5 broad-band seismological stations placed on an almost 200 km long profile crossing the deformation boundary. The stations were installed in the remote area with solar panels and batteries, and recorded two summer seasons. Between 7 and 28 events on the stations were used for the Receiver Function analysis.

  14. Rheological investigations of tailings of kimberlite ore dressing and numerical simulation of its behaviour in PLAXIS

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    Korshunov, A.; Nevzorov, A.

    2015-04-01

    The article presents the results of analysis of rheology properties of sandy-clay tailings (wastes) of kimberlite ore dressing of the diamond deposit (Russia, Arkhangelsk region). The coefficient of secondary compression as main parameter of soil's creep is defined by implementing standard one-dimensional consolidation test. The linear correlation between initial void ratio and coefficient of secondary compression of sandy-clay tailings were obtained. For numerical simulation of tailing's behaviour subject to its rheology properties in Soft Soil Creep (SSC) model (time independent behaviour) of PLAXIS software was used. According to laboratory tests calibration of SSC model was implemented. It allows predicting dam's safety and reliability for long-term outlook.

  15. Crust and Upper Mantle Structure in the Sarfartoq Kimberlite Province, West Greenland: A Receiver Function Study

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    Dahl-Jensen, Trine; Voss, Peter H.; Møller Steensgaard, Bo; Pinna, Line G.

    2015-04-01

    A marked change in crustal thickness is seen at the deformation boundary between undisturbed Archean core in the south and reworked Archean gneiss in the foreland of the Nagssugtoqidian orogen in West Greenland. In addition, intra-crustal boundaries can be tentativly interpreted. Interpretations on upper mantle structures are less clear. This is the first information on crust and upper mantle structure in the area, which is known for kimberlite, carbonatite and ultramafic lamprophyre occurrences, and diamond exploration. The data consists of two summer seasons of passive seismological data recorded on 5 broad-band seismological stations placed on an almost 200 km long profile crossing the deformation boundary. The stations were installed in the remote area with solar panels and batteries, and recorded two summer seasons. Between 7 and 28 events on the stations were used for the Receiver Function analysis.

  16. Ti in Zircon Megacrysts From Kimberlite: Evidence for low Temperatures of Formation

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    Page, F.; Fu, B.; Kita, N. T.; Fournelle, J.; Spicuzza, M. J.; Schulze, D. J.; Basei, M. A.; Valley, J. W.

    2005-12-01

    The Ti concentration and oxygen isotopic composition of megacrystic zircon hosted by kimberlite is generally homogenous within a given pipe but varies between pipes. These zircons are a distinct suite widely accepted to be of mantle origin and characterized by large (1 - 15 mm, dia), rounded, gemmy, but fractured crystals, low U (<50ppm), and ZrO2 coatings. Titanium in zircon hosted by kimberlite from the Kaapvaal Craton of southern Africa, the Siberian Platform, and Brazil was analyzed on the CAMECA ims-1280 ion microprobe using a 4 nA (O-) primary beam (25 μm spot, 5 μm analysis area). NIST 610 glass (434 ppm Ti) and synthetic Ti-rich (800-1500 ppm Ti, EPMA) zircon (B. Watson) were used as standards. New, precise, laser-fluorination oxygen isotope data were obtained for zircons from Brazil, yielding mantle-like δ18O values (4.8 to 5.8 ‰) similar to published data for Africa (4.9 to 5.9 ‰) and Siberia (4.7 to 5.6 ‰, Valley et al. 1998 CMP 133:1). The zircons analyzed range from 2 to 53 ppm Ti (n=169 analyses, 44 zircons), and most zircons contain less than 20 ppm Ti. The recently calibrated Ti in zircon thermometer (Watson and Harrison, 2005, Science, 308:841) yields an average temperature of 740 ± 64° C (1SD). Independent thermometry of zircon megacrysts based on the associated MARID and other parageneses is poorly constrained, but includes estimates as low as 700° C. Because megacrysts are not generally found within a mineralogical context, the presence of rutile and a(TiO2) are not known. However, megacrysts have been found intergrown with rutile, and the temperature correction for reduced a(TiO2) is likely (<) 50° C. Most megacrysts in this study preserve fine-scale, oscillatory zoning in CL and are generally homogenous in their Ti content and oxygen isotopic composition, consistent with preservation of primary compositions. In samples from Siberia and Africa, Ti concentration appears to vary among kimberlite pipes, but in most cases not within

  17. First data for deep seated xenoliths and mantle geotherms of Zarnitsa kimberlite pipe, Daldyn, Yakutia.

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Pokhilenko, Nikolai; Vladykin, Nikolai; Spetsius, Zdislav; Logvinova, Alla; Palessky, Stanislav; Khmelnikova, Olga; Shmarov, Gleb

    2014-05-01

    First discovered in Yakutia and the largest in Daldyn region kimberlite pipe is composed from several phases including breccias and porphyric kimberlites. Commonly mantle xenolith from this pipe especially included in the prevailing grey breccia are nearly completely altered. Only relatively fresh material from the brownish - grey breccia from the drilling core and porphyric kimberlites includes material which could be used for the mineral thermobarometry. The picroilmenites from the Zarnitsa pipe are forming three clusters according to the Cr- content: 0.5; 1.0 and 2.5 % Cr2O3 (Ashchepkov,Amshinsky, Pokhilenko, 1980; Amshinsky, Pokhilenko,1984; Alymova et al., 2003) due to the different contamination degree of protokimberlites in mantle peridotites. The ilmenites from porphyric kimberlites are forming stepped trend consisting from three groups of different pressure intervals from 6.5 to 4.0 GPa but more continuous than those determined for the ilmenites from breccia (Ashchepkov et al ., 2010). The relatively low Cr diopsides are corresponding to the deeper part while those containing to 2 -3 of Cr2O3 are from the middle part of the mantle section and are in association with the phlogopites contain the reflecting processes of the protokimbelite differentiation and contamination. Peridotites from the lithosphere base are of Hi temperature type and slightly Fe - enriched and are referred to the porphyroclustic types where garnets contain up to 10% Cr2O3 are they are relatively low in TiO2. But there are alos varieties of reduced Cr and the Fe-enriched which are closer to the deformed type (Agashev et al., 2013). The cold clot in the 60-5.5 GPa (34 mwm-2) are represented by Fe- low peridotites with the garnets of sub-Ca types. The Cr- low and LT eclogites are correspondent to the low 4.5-6.0 GPa interval similar to those from Udachnaya pipe. But near the pyroxenites lens the varieties enriched in Fe and sometimes hybrid pyroxenites appear like in most pf mantle

  18. The x ray microprobe determination of chromium oxidation state in olivine from lunar basalt and kimberlitic diamonds

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    Sutton, S. R.; Bajt, S.; Rivers, M. L.; Smith, J. V.

    1993-01-01

    The synchrotron x-ray microprobe is being used to obtain oxidation state information on planetary materials with high spatial resolution. Initial results on chromium in olivine from various sources including laboratory experiments, lunar basalt, and kimberlitic diamonds are reported. The lunar olivine was dominated by Cr(2+) whereas the diamond inclusions had Cr(2+/Cr(3+) ratios up to about 0.3. The simpliest interpretation is that the terrestrial olivine crystallized in a more oxidizing environment than the lunar olivine.

  19. Comparative analysis of ore-bearing structures in Maiskoe, Markha, and Ozernoe kimberlite bodies at the Nakyn field, Yakutia

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    Ignatov, P. A.; Novikov, K. V.; Shmonov, A. M.; Razumov, A. N.; Kilizhikov, O. K.

    2015-03-01

    Quantitative characteristics of ore-bearing structures in kimberlite dikes and veins at the Nakyn field (Yakutia) were compared, and local tension and compression zones were identified. According to the results, dikes, veins and their swells are controlled by local strike-slip tension zones, while their morphology and dimensions are highly dependent on the tectonodynamic conditions the ore-bearing structures were formed under.

  20. The influence of complex intra- and extra-vent processes on facies characteristics of the Koala Kimberlite, NWT, Canada: volcanology, sedimentology and intrusive processes

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    Porritt, Lucy A.; Cas, Ray A. F.

    2011-08-01

    The Koala kimberlite, Northwest Territories, Canada, is a small pipe-like body that was emplaced into the Archean Koala granodiorite batholith and the overlying Cretaceous to Tertiary sediments at ~53 Ma. Koala is predominantly in-filled by a series of six distinct clastic deposits, the lowermost of which has been intruded by a late stage coherent kimberlite body. The clastic facies are easily distinguished from each other by variations in texture, and in the abundance and distribution of the dominant components. From facies analysis, we infer that the pipe was initially partially filled by a massive, poorly sorted, matrix-supported, olivine-rich lapilli tuff formed from a collapsing eruption column during the waning stage of the pipe-forming eruption. This unit is overlain by a granodiorite cobble-boulder breccia and a massive, poorly sorted, mud-rich pebbly-sandstone. These deposits represent post-eruptive gravitational collapse of the unstable pipe walls and mass wasting of tephra forming the crater rim. The crater then filled with water within which ~20 m of non-kimberlitic, wood-rich, silty sand accumulated, representing up to 47,000 years of quiescence. The upper two units in the Koala pipe are both olivine rich and show distinct grain-size grading. These units are interpreted to have been deposited sub-aqueously, from pyroclastic flows sourced from one or more other kimberlite volcanoes. The uppermost units in the Koala pipe highlight the likelihood that some kimberlite pipes may be only partially filled by their own eruptive products at the cessation of volcanic activity, enabling them to act as depocentres for pyroclastic and sedimentary deposits from the surrounding volcanic landscape. Recognition of these exotic kimberlite deposits has implications for kimberlite eruption and emplacement processes.

  1. Peculiarities of mantle lithosphere beneath the large kimberlite pipes in different regions for Siberian craton

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Logvinova, Alla; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Vladykin, Nikolai; Spetsius, Zdislav; Kostrovitsky, Sergey; Stegnitsky, Yuri; Prokopyev, Sergey

    2016-04-01

    Comparison of the structure of the mantle columns and mineralogy of the large kimberlite pipes in Yakutia from the different regions, kimberlite fields and mantle terranes in Yakutia allowed several assumptions. 1. The large kimberlite pipes possibly trace the ancient magma feeders occurred in the time of the continent growth. Commonly kimberlites and large pipes are tracing the deep faults and lineaments tracing the ancient sutures, rift zones, trans -lithospheric faults and other permeable structures, which may be parallel to the ancient continental margins. Large pipes locate at the periodic distance like volcanoes in arc settings tracing the "volcanic fronts". 2. Large pipes commonly contain the higher amounts of the sub-calcic garnets representing the dunitic associations (Stachel et al., 2008). In ophiolites dunites veins are representing the channels for the melt transfer (Kelemen et al., 2002). It is likely that ancient large magmatic arc system could have also deep seated roots represented by the (sub calcic) garnet - bearing dunitic systems. 3. Many large pipes including Udachnaya (Pokhilenko et al., 1999) and Mir (Roden et al., 2006) contain in mantle roots high amount of various pyroxenites. The most ancient pyroxenites are supplementary to the dunitic associations. But mostly they represent the materials from the re-melted eclogites and partial and hybrid melts (plume and subduction -related). They are concentrating in the traps in the lithosphere base, in the middle part of mantle section and in the basaltic trap 2.0-3.0 GPa. Pyroxenites in the lithosphere base in some cases are vary abundant but mostly they are protokimberlitic cumulates from of the latest stages of plume activity. Products of the melts crystallization from the earlier stages represent easy melting material at the lithosphere base could be the traps for the later plume melts. 5. Large pipes as a rule reveal contrast layering which is favorite for the capturing of the material from

  2. Peculiarities of mantle lithosphere beneath the large kimberlite pipes in different regions for Siberian craton

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Logvinova, Alla; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Vladykin, Nikolai; Spetsius, Zdislav; Kostrovitsky, Sergey; Stegnitsky, Yuri; Prokopyev, Sergey

    2016-04-01

    Comparison of the structure of the mantle columns and mineralogy of the large kimberlite pipes in Yakutia from the different regions, kimberlite fields and mantle terranes in Yakutia allowed several assumptions. 1. The large kimberlite pipes possibly trace the ancient magma feeders occurred in the time of the continent growth. Commonly kimberlites and large pipes are tracing the deep faults and lineaments tracing the ancient sutures, rift zones, trans -lithospheric faults and other permeable structures, which may be parallel to the ancient continental margins. Large pipes locate at the periodic distance like volcanoes in arc settings tracing the "volcanic fronts". 2. Large pipes commonly contain the higher amounts of the sub-calcic garnets representing the dunitic associations (Stachel et al., 2008). In ophiolites dunites veins are representing the channels for the melt transfer (Kelemen et al., 2002). It is likely that ancient large magmatic arc system could have also deep seated roots represented by the (sub calcic) garnet - bearing dunitic systems. 3. Many large pipes including Udachnaya (Pokhilenko et al., 1999) and Mir (Roden et al., 2006) contain in mantle roots high amount of various pyroxenites. The most ancient pyroxenites are supplementary to the dunitic associations. But mostly they represent the materials from the re-melted eclogites and partial and hybrid melts (plume and subduction -related). They are concentrating in the traps in the lithosphere base, in the middle part of mantle section and in the basaltic trap 2.0-3.0 GPa. Pyroxenites in the lithosphere base in some cases are vary abundant but mostly they are protokimberlitic cumulates from of the latest stages of plume activity. Products of the melts crystallization from the earlier stages represent easy melting material at the lithosphere base could be the traps for the later plume melts. 5. Large pipes as a rule reveal contrast layering which is favorite for the capturing of the material from

  3. Structure and evolution of the mantle column beneath the Nakyn kimberlite field.

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    Ashchepkov, I.; Stegnitsky, Yu; Minin, V.; Tolstov, A.; Vladykin, N.; Rotman, A.; Palessky, S.; Agashev, A.; Khmelnikova, O.; Skvortsova, M.,

    2012-04-01

    Nakyn kimberlites refer to the main stage of kimberlite magmatism in Yakutia (Agashgev et al., 2004) Upper Devonian (UD) kimberlites. Minerals from the concentrates analyzed by EPMA and LAM ICP from Nyurbinskaya, Botuobinskaya pipes and Maiskaya body and placer were compared to determine mantle structure and compositions. Peridotite garnet population of all pies corresponds the lherzolite field to pyroxenitic 15% Cr2O3 (Pokhilenko, Sobolev, 2004), the subcalsic garnets prevail in (8-11; Cr2O3). Peaks of the TiO2 and Na2O correspond to the same Cr2O3 intervals. (Zinchuk et al, 2003). In chromite trend Cr2O3 ( 65-20% ) lognormal decrease with TiO2 enrichment 3.5% in the beginning. In tuffs containing clinopyroxenes from Nyurbinskaya, Botuobinskaya pipes show decrease of Na, Al Ti and Cr rise with Fe as for Mir pie. The Cp in Nurbinskaya tuffs with Ilm are higher in TiO2 Restricted in TiO2 ilmenite trend show rapid decrease of Na2O, MgO content and V2O5 -FeO rise (Fig. 4). The PTFO2 diagrams determined with new variant of the monomineral thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010; 2012) reveal a bit different geotherms for Nyurbinskaya pipe 38 to 43 mv/m2 for garnets and Sp estimates and colder for CPx. The refertillization interval markedby Fe rich Cpx and Ilm is 65-30 kbar. For the Botuobinskaya pipe there are 2 branches 40 and 35 mv/m2 and the heating branch at 65 kbars. Mayskaya is showing the colder geotherm but deviations to the hotter part correspondent to the pyroxenites. The Placer in this area show the wider variations of PT conditions and refertillization interval possibly showing possibility of another source of the disintegration which is much rich in the pyroxenites which amount is highly increase with the depth. The comparisons of the PT conditions show that possibly the Mayskaya and Botuobinskaya pipes represent the earlier stages of the developing of mantle columns while Nyurbinskaya the later one but amount of pyroxenites in Nyurbinskaya is less then

  4. The olivine macrocryst problem: New insights from minor and trace element compositions of olivine from Lac de Gras kimberlites, Canada

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    Bussweiler, Yannick; Foley, Stephen F.; Prelević, Dejan; Jacob, Dorrit E.

    2015-04-01

    This study presents detailed petrographical and geochemical investigations on remarkably fresh olivines in kimberlites from the EKATI Diamond Mine™ located in the Tertiary/Cretaceous Lac de Gras kimberlite field within the Slave craton of Canada. Olivine, constituting about 42 vol.% of the analyzed samples, can be divided into two textural groups: (i) macrocrystic olivines, > 100 μm sub-rounded crystals and (ii) groundmass olivines, < 100 μm subhedral crystals. Olivines from both populations define two distinct chemical trends; a "mantle trend" with angular cores, showing low Ca (< 0.1 wt.% CaO) and high Ni (0.3-0.4 wt.% NiO) at varying Mg# (0.86-0.93), contrasts with a "melt trend" typified by thin (< 100 μm) rims with increasing Ca (up to 1.0 wt.% CaO) and decreasing Ni (down to 0.1 wt.% NiO) contents at constant Mg# (~ 0.915). These findings are in agreement with recent studies suggesting that virtually all olivine is composed of xenocrystic (i.e. mantle-related) cores with phenocrystic (i.e. melt-related) overgrowths, thereby challenging the traditional view that the origin of kimberlitic olivine can be distinguished based on size and morphology. The two main trends can be further resolved into sub-groups refining the crystallization history of olivine; the mantle trend indicates a multi-source origin that samples the layered lithosphere below the Slave craton, whereas the melt trend represents multi-stage crystallization comprising a differentiation trend starting at mantle conditions and a second trend controlled by the crystallization of additional phases (e.g. chromite) and changing magma conditions (e.g. oxidation). These trends are also seen in the concentrations of trace elements not routinely measured in olivine (e.g. Na, P, Ti, Co, Sc, Zr). Trace element mapping with LA-ICP-MS reveals the distribution of these elements within olivine grains. The trace element distribution between the two trends appears to be consistent with phenocrystic olivine

  5. Repeated kimberlite magmatism beneath Yakutia and its relationship to Siberian flood volcanism: Insights from in situ U-Pb and Sr-Nd perovskite isotope analysis

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    Sun, Jing; Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Tappe, Sebastian; Kostrovitsky, Sergey I.; Wu, Fu-Yuan; Yakovlev, Dmitry; Yang, Yue-Heng; Yang, Jin-Hui

    2014-10-01

    We report combined U-Pb ages and Sr-Nd isotope compositions of perovskites from 50 kimberlite occurrences, sampled from 9 fields across the Yakutian kimberlite province on the Siberian craton. The new U-Pb ages, together with previously reported geochronological constraints, suggest that kimberlite magmas formed repeatedly during at least 4 episodes: Late Silurian-Early Devonian (419-410 Ma), Late Devonian-Early Carboniferous (376-347 Ma), Late Triassic (231-215 Ma), and Middle/Late Jurassic (171-156 Ma). Recurrent kimberlite melt production beneath the Siberian craton - before and after flood basalt volcanism at 250 Ma - provides a unique opportunity to test existing models for the origin of global kimberlite magmatism. The internally consistent Sr and Nd isotope dataset for perovskites reveals that the Paleozoic and Mesozoic kimberlites of Yakutia have distinctly different initial radiogenic isotope compositions. There exists a notable increase in the initial 143Nd/144Nd ratios through time, with an apparent isotopic evolution that is intermediate between that of Bulk Earth and Depleted MORB Mantle. While the Paleozoic samples range between initial 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7028-0.7034 and 143Nd/144Nd of 0.51229-0.51241, the Mesozoic samples show values between 0.7032-0.7038 and 0.51245-0.51271, respectively. Importantly, perovskites from all studied Yakutian kimberlite fields and age groups have moderately depleted initial εNd values that fall within a relatively narrow range between +1.8 and +5.5. The perovskite isotope systematics of the Yakutian kimberlites are interpreted to reflect magma derivation from the convecting upper mantle, which appears to have a record of continuous melt depletion and crustal recycling throughout the Phanerozoic. The analyzed perovskites neither record highly depleted nor highly enriched isotopic components, which had been previously identified in likely plume-related Siberian Trap basalts. The Siberian craton has frequently been suggested

  6. The Diamondiferous Lithospheric Mantle Underlying the Eastern Superior Craton: Evidence From Mantle Xenoliths From the Renard Kimberlites, Quebec

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    Hunt, L.; Stachel, T.; Armstrong, J. P.; Simonetti, A.

    2009-05-01

    The Renard kimberlite cluster consists of nine pipes located within a 2km2 area in the northern Otish Mountains of Quebec. The pipes are named Renards 1 to 10, with subsequent investigation revealing Renards 5 and 6 to join at depth (now Renard 65). The pipes are located within the eastern portion of the Superior craton, emplaced into Archean granitic and gneissic host rocks of the Opinica Subprovince (Percival, 2007). Amphibolite grade metamorphism, locally passing into the granulite facies (Percival et al., 1994) occurred in late Archean time (Moorhead et al., 2003). Radiometric dating of the hypabyssal Renard 1 kimberlite indicates Neoproterozoic emplacement, with a 206Pb/238U model age of 631.6±3.5 Ma (2σ) (Birkett et al., 2004). A later study on the main phases in Renard 2 and 3 gave a similar emplacement, with a 206Pb/238U model age of 640.5±2.8Ma (Fitzgerald et al., 2008). This makes this kimberlite district one of the oldest in Canada, similar in eruption age to the Wemindji kimberlites (629±29Ma: Letendre et al., 2003). These events are broadly coeval with the conversion from subduction magmatism to rifting in northern Laurentia (Birkett et al., 2004). The bodies are part of a late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian kimberlite field in eastern Canada (Girard, 2001; Moorhead et al, 2002; Letendre et al., 2003) and fit into the north-east of the Eocambrian/Cambrian Labrador Sea Province of Heaman et al. (2004). To better understand the diamondiferous lithospheric mantle beneath the Renard kimberlites, 116 microxenoliths and xenocrysts were analysed. The samples were dominantly peridotitic, composed primarily of purple garnet, emerald green clinopyroxene and olivine, with a few pink and red garnets. A minor eclogitic component comprises predominantly orange garnets and lesser amounts of clinopyroxene. A detailed study on the major, minor and trace element composition of xenolith minerals is currently underway. All but three of the clinopyroxenes analysed to date

  7. Dating Kimberlite Eruption and Erosion Phases Using Perovskite, Zircon, and Apatite (U-Th)/He Geochronology to Link Cratonic Lithosphere Evolution and Surface Processes

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    Stanley, J. R.; Flowers, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    In many cases it is difficult to evaluate the synchronicity and thus potential connections between disparate geologic events, such as the links between processes in the mantle lithosphere and at the surface. Developing new geochronologic tools and strategies for integrating existing chronologic data with other information is essential for addressing these problems. Here we use (U-Th)/He dating of multiple kimberlitic minerals to date kimberlite eruption and cratonic erosion phases. This approach permits us to more directly assess the link between unroofing and thermomodification of the lithosphere by tying our results to information obtained from mantle-derived clasts in the same pipes. Kimberlites are rich sources of information about the composition of the cratonic lithosphere and its evolution over time. Their xenoliths and xenocrysts can preserve a snapshot of the entire lithosphere and its sedimentary cover at the time of eruption. Accurate geochronology of these eruptions is crucial for interpreting spatiotemporal trends, but kimberlites can be difficult to date using standard techniques. Here we show that the mid-temperature thermochonometers of the zircon and perovskite (U-Th)/He (ZHe, PHe) systems can be viable tools for dating kimberlite eruption. When combined with the low temperature sensitivity of (U-Th)/He in apatite (AHe), the (U-Th)/He system can be used to date both the emplacement and the erosional cooling history of kimberlites. The southern African shield is an ideal location to test the utility of this approach because the region was repeatedly intruded by kimberlites in the Cretaceous, with two major pulses at ~200-110 Ma and ~100-80 Ma. These kimberlites contain a well-studied suite of mantle xenoliths and xenocrysts that document lithospheric heating and metasomatism over this interval. Our ZHe and PHe dates overlap with published eruption ages and add new ages for undated pipes. Our AHe dates constrain the spatial patterns of Cretaceous

  8. Combining kimberlite (U-Th)/He dating with the mantle xenolith record to decipher elevation change in continental interiors: an example from the southern African Plateau

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    Stanley, J. R.; Flowers, R. M.; Bell, D. R.

    2013-12-01

    Deciphering the patterns and causes of erosion and elevation change histories in continental interiors is commonly not straightforward. Many continental shield regions are repeatedly intruded by small volume kimberlite magmas, which often contain rich xenolith records of the state of the lithosphere and the sedimentary cover at the time of eruption. Here we show that dating kimberlites with apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry (AHe), a tool used to constrain thermal histories within the upper 1-3 km of the crust, can tightly bracket the timing of erosion through comparison of cooling dates and eruption ages. Mantle xenoliths from kimberlites erupted at different times also record perturbations to the lithospheric mantle, indicators of changes to the mantle below. The coeval deep and shallow records of kimberlite pipes thus allow the potential to link deep earth processes with the surface response. The southern African Plateau was elevated from sea level to >1000 m elevation in post-Paleozoic time while distal from convergent plate boundaries and with little surface deformation. The timing and mechanisms of surface uplift are debated. AHe data for four kimberlites off the southwestern corner of the Kaapvaal Craton indicate a substantial Mesozoic unroofing episode that was largely completed by 90 Ma. This erosion phase is contemporaneous with significant warming, metasomatism, and thinning of the lithospheric mantle revealed in the peridotite xenoliths and garnet xenocrysts in these same pipes. We suggest that this surface signal is the erosional response to regional, mantle-induced surface uplift. These data also detect a lesser Cenozoic erosion signature in some pipes, focused around a proposed Tertiary paleo-tributary to the Orange River, suggesting that the Cenozoic signal is associated with drainage network evolution rather than long-wavelength surface uplift. Preliminary data from an E-W transect of kimberlites across the Kaapvaal Craton from Kimberley to the

  9. Discussion of “Geology and diamond distribution of the 140/141 kimberlite, Fort à la Corne, central Saskatchewan, Canada”, by A. Berryman, B.H. Scott-Smith and B.C. Jellicoe (Lithos v. 76, p. 99 114)

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    Kjarsgaard, Bruce A.; Leckie, Dale A.; Zonneveld, John-Paul

    2007-09-01

    A wide variety of geological data and geological observations by numerous geoscientists do not support a two-stage crater excavation and in-fill model, or a champagne glass-shaped geometry for the 169 or 140/141 kimberlite bodies in the Fort à la Corne kimberlite field, Saskatchewan as described by Berryman, A., Scott Smith, B.H., Jellicoe, B., (2004). Rather, these kimberlite bodies are best described as polygenetic kimberlite tephra cones and tuff rings with associated feeder vents of variable geometry as shown by previous workers for the 169 kimberlite, the 140/141 kimberlite and the Star kimberlite. The domal tephra cone geometry is preserved due to burial by conformable Cretaceous marine mudstones and siltstones and is not an artifact of Quaternary glacial processes.

  10. The composition of volatile components in olivines from Yakutian kimberlites of various ages: Evidence from gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Tomilenko, A. A.; Bul'bak, T. A.; Khomenko, M. O.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2016-06-01

    The composition of volatiles from fluid and melt inclusions in olivine phenocrysts from Yakutian kimberlite pipes of various ages (Olivinovaya, Malokuonapskaya, and Udachnaya-East) were studied for the first time by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. It was shown that hydrocarbons and their derivatives, as well as nitrogen-, halogen-, and sulfur-bearing compounds, played a significant role in the mineral formation. The proportion of hydrocarbons and their derivatives in the composition of mantle fluids could reach 99%, including up to 4.9% of chlorineand fluorine-bearing compounds.

  11. Stable isotope paleoclimatology of the earliest Eocene using kimberlite-hosted mummified wood from the Canadian Subarctic

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    Hook, B. A.; Halfar, J.; Gedalof, Z.; Bollmann, J.; Schulze, D. J.

    2015-10-01

    The recent discovery of well-preserved mummified wood buried within a subarctic kimberlite diamond mine prompted a paleoclimatic study of the early Eocene "hothouse" (ca. 53.3 Ma). At the time of kimberlite eruption, the Subarctic was warm and humid producing a temperate rainforest biome well north of the Arctic Circle. Previous studies have estimated that mean annual temperatures in this region were 4-20 °C in the early Eocene, using a variety of proxies including leaf margin analysis and stable isotopes (δ13C and δ18O) of fossil cellulose. Here, we examine stable isotopes of tree-ring cellulose at subannual- to annual-scale resolution, using the oldest viable cellulose found to date. We use mechanistic models and transfer functions to estimate earliest Eocene temperatures using mummified cellulose, which was well preserved in the kimberlite. Multiple samples of Piceoxylon wood within the kimberlite were crossdated by tree-ring width. Multiple proxies are used in combination to tease apart likely environmental factors influencing the tree physiology and growth in the unique extinct ecosystem of the Polar rainforest. Calculations of interannual variation in temperature over a multidecadal time-slice in the early Eocene are presented, with a mean annual temperature (MAT) estimate of 11.4 °C (1 σ = 1.8 °C) based on δ18O, which is 16 °C warmer than the current MAT of the area (-4.6 °C). Early Eocene atmospheric δ13C (δ13Catm) estimates were -5.5 (±0.7) ‰. Isotopic discrimination (Δ) and leaf intercellular pCO2 ratio (ci/ca) were similar to modern values (Δ = 18.7 ± 0.8 ‰; ci/ca = 0.63 ± 0.03 %), but intrinsic water use efficiency (Early Eocene iWUE = 211 ± 20 μmol mol-1) was over twice the level found in modern high-latitude trees. Dual-isotope spectral analysis suggests that multidecadal climate cycles somewhat similar to the modern Pacific Decadal Oscillation likely drove temperature and cloudiness trends on 20-30-year timescales, influencing

  12. H2O content of nominally anhydrous mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Udachnaya kimberlite

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    Novella, D.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Nestola, F.; Harris, J. W.

    2015-12-01

    Nominally anhydrous minerals (such as olivine, pyroxene and garnet) present in mantle xenoliths have been found to contain up to hundreds of ppm wt H2O, bonded as H to their mineral structure. However, it is not well understood whether these H2O contents are representative for the hydrous state of the deep mantle where they formed, or if they are the result of interactions between the xenoliths and metasomatic fluids or magmas during their travel to the surface. Given the fact that trace amounts of H2O can alter the physical and chemical properties of mantle materials and therefore affect Earth's dynamics, it is important to accurately determine the H2O content of deep mantle minerals. Natural diamonds can contain mineral inclusions that formed at high depths (>5 GPa) and are representative for the deep and inaccessible portions of the mantle where they originated. This is because the strong and inert diamond prevents the inclusions to react with any fluid or melt that get in contact with it. Therefore, valuable information regarding the H2O content of the deep mantle can be obtained by studying these minerals trapped in diamonds. In this study we measured the H2O contents of 10 olivine and garnet inclusions in diamonds from the Udachnaya kimberlite (Siberian craton) by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Olivine crystals contain 1-5 ppm wt H2O while garnets do not show absorption bands indicating the presence of detectable H in their structure and are therefore considered dry. The H2O contents of olivine and garnet inclusions in diamonds presented here are considerably lower than those found in xenoliths or xenocrists from the same locality. Based on these new results, we discuss the presence of H2O in the cratonic mantle and its importance in stabilizing these areas during geological time, as well as the volatile signature of diamond forming melts in the Siberian craton.

  13. Apatite, SiO2, rutile and orthopyroxene precipitates in minerals of eclogite xenoliths from Yakutian kimberlites, Russia

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    Alifirova, T. A.; Pokhilenko, L. N.; Korsakov, A. V.

    2015-06-01

    Eclogite mantle xenoliths from the central part of Siberian craton (Udachnaya and Zarnitsa kimberlite pipes) as well as from the northeastern edge of the craton (Obnazhennaya kimberlite) were studied in detail. Garnet and clinopyroxene show evident exsolution textures. Garnet comprises rutile, ilmenite, apatite, and quartz/coesite oriented inclusions. Clinopyroxene contains rutile (± ilmenite) and apatite precipitates. Granular inclusions of quartz in kyanite and garnet usually retain features of their high-pressure origin. According to thermobarometric calculations, the studied eclogitic suite was equilibrated within lithospheric mantle at 3.2-4.9 GPa and 813-1080 °C. The precursor composition of garnets from Udachnaya and Zarnitsa eclogites suggests their stability at depths 210-260 km. Apatite precipitation in clinopyroxenes of Udachnaya and Zarnitsa allows us to declare that original pyroxenes could have been indicative of their high P-T stability. Raman spectroscopic study of quartz and coesite precipitates in garnet porphyroblasts confirms our hypothesis on the origin of the exsolution textures during pressure-temperature decrease. With respect to mineralogical data, we suppose the rocks to be subjected to stepwise decompression and cooling within mantle reservoir.

  14. Discrimination of reworked pyroclastics from primary tephra-fall tuffs: a case study using kimberlites of Fort a la Corne, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Leahy, Kevin

    Reworked volcaniclastics are traditionally discriminated from primary tephra-fall pyroclastics by an absence of features such as blanketing, juvenile lapilli, grain welding and poor sorting. Frequently, these features are difficult to identify, especially in small outcrops, ancient or altered successions, debris flows and surge deposits. Crystal-rich volcaniclastics, such as kimberlites, have a large proportion of coarse euhedral crystals, and abrasion leading to rounding can be recognised and classified with relative ease. A petrographic method of discriminating reworked material has been devised, based on the degree of grain roundness, and is illustrated using volcaniclastic kimberlite from Fort a la Corne, Saskatchewan, Canada. Petrographic thin sections of samples at regular intervals throughout the borehole core, and from a nearby crater-facies kimberlite, show that the percentages of rounded, subrounded and euhedral grains define two distinct groupings. The first group contains a higher percentage of euhedral grains and includes all the samples from the basal 4.8m of the 14.1-m-thick kimberlite section in borehole 004, and all of the crater facies tephra-fall tuffs. A second group contains more rounded, subrounded and fragmental grains and includes all the data from the upper 6.3m, which are interpreted as reworked strata. Thus, point counting concurs with hand-sample interpretation and may be used as a verification tool in discriminating reworked pyroclastic sands from primary tephra-fall tuffs.

  15. Tracking the Late Jurassic apparent (or true) polar shift in U-Pb-dated kimberlites from cratonic North America (Superior Province of Canada)

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    Kent, Dennis V.; Kjarsgaard, Bruce A.; Gee, Jeffrey S.; Muttoni, Giovanni; Heaman, Larry M.

    2015-04-01

    Different versions of a composite apparent polar wander (APW) path of variably selected global poles assembled and averaged in North American coordinates using plate reconstructions show either a smooth progression or a large (˜30°) gap in mean paleopoles in the Late Jurassic, between about 160 and 145 Ma. In an effort to further examine this issue, we sampled accessible outcrops/subcrops of kimberlites associated with high-precision U-Pb perovskite ages in the Timiskaming area of Ontario, Canada. The 154.9 ± 1.1 Ma Peddie kimberlite yields a stable normal polarity magnetization that is coaxial within less than 5° of the reverse polarity magnetization of the 157.5 ± 1.2 Ma Triple B kimberlite. The combined ˜156 Ma Triple B and Peddie pole (75.5°N, 189.5°E, A95 = 2.8°) lies about midway between igneous poles from North America nearest in age (169 Ma Moat volcanics and the 146 Ma Ithaca kimberlites), showing that the polar motion was at a relatively steady yet rapid (˜1.5°/Myr) pace. A similar large rapid polar swing has been recognized in the Middle to Late Jurassic APW path for Adria-Africa and Iran-Eurasia, suggesting a major mass redistribution. One possibility is that slab breakoff and subduction reversal along the western margin of the Americas triggered an episode of true polar wander.

  16. Diamonds from the Juina-5 kimberlite provide evidence for crustal volatile recycling into the deep Earth

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    Thomson, Andrew; Walter, Michael; Kohn, Simon; Burnham, Antony; Bulanova, Galina; Smith, Chris; Araujo, Debora

    2014-05-01

    'Superdeep' diamonds originate from a depth range spanning the asthenospheric upper mantle, transition zone and shallowest parts of the lower mantle [1]. Sporadically they entrap small inclusions of pre-existing or co-precipitating minerals during their crystallisation from volatile-rich melts or fluids. Such samples therefore preserve important petrologic, tectonic and geodynamic information about their growth environment together with evidence of the deep volatile cycling. The Juina-5 kimberlite has previously been recognised as a source of 'superdeep' diamonds [2]. Here we present and discuss data from an extended collection of Juina-5 diamonds. This work has revealed that these diamonds are dominantly composed of isotopically light carbon and contain a mineral inclusion cargo mostly of eclogitic affinity consisting of many former Mg- and Ca-perovskite, NAL-phase, CF-phase, stishovite, majoritic garnet, sodic pyroxene, ferropericlase, Fe or Fe-carbide and sulphide minerals. Together these observations suggest that the diamonds form from material of a subducted crustal origin. The high enrichment of the inclusions' trace element compositions implies that they cannot represent trapped fragments of formerly subsolidus mantle material. Geochemical modelling instead allows the compositions of Ca-perovskite and majorite inclusions to be directly linked to formation from a slab-derived carbonate bearing melt. It is suggested that the formation of 'superdeep' diamonds, and their inclusions, is the result of 'redox-freezing' during the interaction of oxidised slab melts and reducing mantle rocks [3]. It is expected that such melts will be produced during slab foundering and thermal equilibration in the upper/lower mantle boundary region, where tomographic evidence suggests slab subduction often stalls [4]. This hypothesis has been tested with experiments performed at transition zone pressures using the multi-anvil apparatus. At 20 GPa the composition of a low degree melt

  17. Characteristics and alteration origins of matrix minerals in volcaniclastic kimberlite of the Muskox pipe (Nunavut, Canada)

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    Hayman, P. C.; Cas, R. A. F.; Johnson, M.

    2009-11-01

    The matrix of volcaniclastic kimberlite (VK) from the Muskox pipe (Northern Slave Province, Nunavut, Canada) is interpreted to represent an overprint of an original clastic matrix. Muskox VK is subdivided into three different matrix mineral assemblages that reflect differences in the proportions of original primary matrix constituents, temperature of formation and nature of the altering fluids. Using whole rock X-ray fluorescence (XRF), whole rock X-ray diffraction (XRD), microprobe analyses, back-scatter electron (BSE) imaging, petrography and core logging, we find that most matrix minerals (serpentine, phlogopite, chlorite, saponite, monticellite, Fe-Ti oxides and calcite) lack either primary igneous or primary clastic textures. The mineralogy and textures are most consistent with formation through alteration overprinting of an original clastic matrix that form by retrograde reactions as the deposit cools, or, in the case of calcite, by precipitation from Ca-bearing fluids into a secondary porosity. The first mineral assemblage consists largely of serpentine, phlogopite, calcite, Fe-Ti oxides and monticellite and occurs in VK with relatively fresh framework clasts. Alteration reactions, driven by deuteric fluids derived from the juvenile constituents, promote the crystallisation of minerals that indicate relatively high temperatures of formation (> 400 °C). Lower-temperature minerals are not present because permeability was occluded before the deposit cooled to low temperatures, thus shielding the facies from further interaction with fluids. The other two matrix mineral assemblages consist largely of serpentine, phlogopite, calcite, +/- diopside, and +/- chlorite. They form in VK that contains more country rock, which may have caused the deposit to be cooler upon emplacement. Most framework components are completely altered, suggesting that larger volumes of fluids drove the alteration reactions. These fluids were likely of meteoric provenance and became heated

  18. Composition and thermal structure of the lithospheric mantle beneath kimberlite pipes from the Catoca cluster, Angola

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Rotman, A. Y.; Somov, S. V.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Downes, H.; Logvinova, A. M.; Nossyko, S.; Shimupi, J.; Palessky, S. V.; Khmelnikova, O. S.; Vladykin, N. V.

    2012-03-01

    Garnet, clinopyroxene and ilmenite xenocrysts from three Angolan kimberlite pipes belonging to the Catoca cluster (Angola Caquele, Camitongo I and II, and Catoca) from the SW part of the Congo-Kasai craton, reveal similar features which suggest a similarity of mantle structure. PT estimates for pyropes, Cr-diopsides and picroilmenites reveal similar geothermal conditions of ~ 37-40 mW/m2. This is slightly higher than the values determined for the Catoca pipe. Higher temperature conditions ~ 45 mW/m2 were determined for low-Cr pyroxenes and omphacites. The similar general mineralogy and suggested mantle lithology, as well as reconstructed layering of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM), are similar for Camitongo I-II as well as for Caquele and Catoca pipes. Heating at depths of 7.5-4.5 GPa (240-140 km) is a general feature of the SCLM beneath the field. The high temperature trend for low-Cr and hybrid pyroxenes from the base of the SCLM up to 30 GPa (100 km) represents the PT path of the protokimberlite melts. PT conditions for ilmenites mainly correspond to colder conditions of crystallization in wall rocks and the outer parts of magmatic channels. Individual geochemical features of the minerals for each SCLM suggest pervasive metasomatism in lower part of the SCLM. Clinopyroxene trace element patterns from the Caquele pipe reveal a lherzolitic affinity; they are LILE-enriched with Ba peaks due to phlogopite melting, while those from Camitongo I-II show Ta-Nb enrichment and Pb troughs. The ilmenite trends trace the mantle column from deep to shallow mantle, evolving to Fe-ilmenites due to advanced AFC of protokimberlite magma that also produced abundant Fe-rich clinopyroxenes. The rise of calculated fO2 correlates with the position of protokimberlites. Comparison with the thermal gradient derived from peridotitic inclusions from Catoca cluster is lower than for Lesotho possibly related to the thicker lithospheric roots beneath the Congo-Kasai craton.

  19. Petrography and mineral compositions of eclogites from the Koidu Kimberlite Complex, Sierra Leone

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    Fung, Agnes T.; Haggerty, Stephen E.

    1995-10-01

    The origins of eclogite (clinopyroxene + garnet) and the relative proportions of eclogite in the upper mantle are issues of considerable uncertainty and debate that bear upon the chemical and physical dynamics of petrogenesis, recycling, and remote sensing interpretation. Forty-one upper mantle eclogites from the Koidu Kimberlite Complex, Sierra Leone, were selected for detailed petrographic and chemical examination to bolster an earlier database with a view to the identification of protoliths and possible source regions of eclogite origin. On the basis of MgO contents in garnets, eclogites are divided into a high-MgO suite and a low-MgO suite. High-MgO eclogites contain pyrope (16.5-20.2 wt % MgO), with an average garnet composition of Pyr65Alm20Gross15. Almandine and grossular (5.3-13.2 wt % MgO) are present in low-MgO eclogites and vary from Pyr20Alm60Gross20 to Pyr35Alm30Gross35. Pyroxenes in high-MgO eclogites are diopsidic (Jd11Di89-Jd26Di74); those in low-MgO eclogites range from jadeitic-diopside to omphacite (Jd20Di80-Jd48Di52). Oriented apatite crystals in garnet and clinopyroxene are interpreted to be products of exsolution and, coupled with coexisting rutile, imply that garnet is a major repository for P, Cl, F, OH, and Ti in the upper mantle. Reconstructed bulk compositions of high-(15.0-18.9 wt %) and low-MgO (7.1-12.2 wt %) eclogites are distinct, and major elements in these xenoliths broadly resemble basalts, picrites, and komatiites. Most high-MgO eclogites equilibrated at 1080°C at 4.7 GPa to 1130°C at 5.2 GPa, whereas most low-MgO eclogites cluster at 880°C at 3.3 GPa to 930°C at 3.8 GPa. Estimated PT and depths of origin of the Koidu eclogites imply that high-MgO eclogites are asthenospheric, low-MgO eclogites are lithospheric, and both are likely products of plume activity. Diamondiferous eclogites, worldwide, have characteristic Na, K, Ti, and IVAl (Si) in garnet-clinopyroxene pairs that point to distinctive source regions and petrogenesis

  20. P-T Equilibrium Conditions of Xenoliths from the Udachnaya Kimberlite Pipe: Thermal Perturbations in the Lithospheric Mantle

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    Tychkov, Nikolay; Agashev, Alexey; Malygina, Elena; Pokhilenko, Nikolay

    2014-05-01

    Integrated study of 250 peridotite xenoliths from Udachnaya -East pipe show difference in mineral paragenesises and textural-structural peculiarities in the different level of cratonic lithosphere mantle (CLM). The compositions of minerals were determined using EPMA. Thermobarometric parameters (Brey, Kohller, 1990) were determined for all rocks occupying different fields on geothermal curve. The deepest layer (the pressure interval of 5.0-7.0 GPa) contains mostly pophyroclastic lherzolites. Anyway, some rocks of this layer have an idiomorphic texture being also enriched in incompatible components. Higher in the CLM sequence, the interval (4.2-6.3 GPa) is composed of the most depleted rocks: megacristalline ultradepleted harzburgite-dunites and depleted granular harzburgite-dunites, as well as lherzolites in a subordinate amount. They correspond strate to 35 mW/m2 and partly overlap the deeper layer in dapth. It is likely that rocks of this layer are in equilibrium and were not subject to significant secondary changes due to kimberlite magma intrusion. Thus, this interval of the CLM sequence reflects the true (relic) geotherm for the area of the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe. Moreover, it is obvious that this interval was a major supplier of diamonds into kimberlites of the Udachnaya pipe. The interval of 4.2-2.0 GPa in the CLM sequence is also composed of coarse depleted lherzolites and harzburgites. Rocks of this interval are slightly more enriched than those of the underlying interval. This is confirmed by the distinct predominance of lherzolites over harzburgite-dunites. The heat flow in this layer varies in the range of 38-45 mW/m2 and shows a general tendency to increase with decreasing depth. According to occurrence of nonequilibrium mineral assemblages and increased heat flow relative to the major heat flow of 35 mW/m2, this interval is similar to the deepest interval of secondary enriched rocks. Interval of less than 2.0 GPa composed of spinel lherzolites and

  1. Composition of the lithospheric mantle in the Siberian craton : New constraints from fresh peridotites from the Udachnaya-East Kimberlite

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    Doucet, Luc-Serge; Ionov, Dmitri A.; Ashchepkov, Igor

    2010-05-01

    Peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe represent the major source of lithospheric mantle samples beneath central Siberian craton. An important problem with the availble data [1], however, is that the Udachnaya xenoliths, like many other kimberlite-hosted peridotite suites worldwide, are extensively altered due to interaction with host magma and post-eruption alteration. This alteration causes particular dificulties for whole-rock studies including microstructures, modal estimates and chemical compositions. We report petrographic data and major and trace element compositions for whole-rocks and minerals of some 30 unusually fresh peridotite xenolith from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite. Our study has two goals. The first is to present and discuss trace element data on rocks and minerals from Udachnaya, whose composition remains little known. The other one is to explore how the availability of the fresh peridotites improves our knowledge of petrology and geochemistry of cratonic mantle in relation to published data on altered samples [1]. The xenoliths are spinel, garnet-spinel and garnet facies peridotites including garnet- and cpx-rich lherzolites, garnet and spinel harzburgites and dunites. Thermobarometric estimates for garnet bearing rocks yield T = 800-1350°C and P = 20-70 kbar, low-T spinel facies rocks may originate from shallower levels. Thus, the suite represents a lithospheric profile from the sub-Moho mantle down to ~210 km. The deeper peridotites commonly have porphyroclastic microstructures with mainly neoblast olivine, opx porphyroclasts and cpx and garnet with broadly variable morphologies whereas rocks of shallow origin are commonly protogranular. Trace element compositions in bulk rocks appear to be affected by host magma contamination with enrichments in highly to moderately incompatible elements as well as in alkalis. Nevertheless, the kimberlite-related contamination cannot explain a combination of low Th and U and high Sr

  2. Kimberlite, lamproite, ultramafic lamprophyre, and carbonatite relationships on the Dharwar Craton, India; an example from the Khaderpet pipe, a diamondiferous ultramafic with associated carbonatite intrusion

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    Smith, C. B.; Haggerty, S. E.; Chatterjee, B.; Beard, A.; Townend, R.

    2013-12-01

    Are kimberlites, lamproites, ultramafic lamprophyres and carbonatites genetically associated or not? There are strong opinions for and against any relationship. The 20 Ha Khaderpet pipe, discovered by Rio Tinto Exploration, is an unusual diamondiferous carbonatite-kimberlite clan rock (KCR) association in the Anumpalle Cluster of the Wajrakarur Kimberlite Field in the Dharwar Craton of Peninsular Indian. The Khaderpet pipe has a discrete sovite phase intrusive into KCR breccia, not noticed elsewhere in the Wajrakarur kimberlite field. Petrographically, the KCR is a clast-supported lithic breccia and crystal lithic tuff, with occasional pelletal lapilli. Clasts show a weak horizontal imbrication. The overall appearance of the tuffs and breccias is suggestive of terminal-blocked, vent accumulations that formed by under pressure, with spallation of country rock causing an abundance of granitoid debris. The sovite phase has up to 95% calcite, occasionally showing flow textured polycrystalline laths set in a minor saponite matrix. There are mineralogical gradations from an olivine-rich ultramafic to a calcite-dominant rock resembling pure carbonatite. Rare REE mineral phases in the carbonatite include allanite and other REE-rich unidentified mineral phases. Xenocrystic high pressure phases in both ultramafic and carbonatite include mantle-derived diamonds, lherzolitic-, eclogitic- and subcalcic-pyrope, Ti-poor andradite, chrome diopside, picrochromite and picroilmenite. Extensive metasomatism in the form of reddening of country rock feldspars by hematite, introduction of green chlorite, and saponitic alteration of breccia clasts and the ultramafic phase is common. The chemistry of the Khaderpet ultramafic component, suggests that the KCR is transitional between kimberlite and ultramafic lamprophyres, like certain other pipes in the Wajrakarur Kimberlite Field, with strong enrichment in LREE, CaO and CO2. However, low MgO (~ 13%) and high CaO (~ 10%) values are more

  3. The origin of coarse garnet peridotites in cratonic lithosphere: new data on xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite, central Siberia

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    Doucet, Luc S.; Ionov, Dmitri A.; Golovin, Alexander V.

    2013-06-01

    We report new textural and chemical data for 10 garnet peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite and examine them together with recent data on another 21 xenoliths from the 80-220 km depth range. The samples are very fresh (LOI near zero), modally homogeneous and large (>100 g). Some coarse-grained peridotites show incipient stages of deformation with <10 % neoblasts at grain boundaries of coarse olivine. Such microstructures can only be recognized in very fresh rocks, because fine-grained interstitial olivine is strongly affected by alteration, and may have been overlooked in previous studies of altered peridotite xenoliths in the Siberian and other cratons. Some of the garnet peridotites are similar in composition to low-opx Udachnaya spinel harzburgites (previously interpreted as pristine melt extraction residues), but the majority show post-melting enrichments in Fe and Ti. The least metasomatized coarse peridotites were formed by 30-38 % of polybaric fractional melting between 7 and 4 GPa and ≤1-3 GPa. Our data together with experimental results suggest that garnet in these rocks, as well as in some other cratonic peridotites elsewhere, may be a residual mineral, which has survived partial melting together with olivine and opx. Many coarse and all deformed garnet peridotites from Udachnaya underwent modal metasomatism through interaction of the melting residues with Fe-, Al-, Si-, Ti-, REE-rich melts, which precipitated cpx, less commonly additional garnet. The xenoliths define a complex geotherm probably affected by thermal perturbations shortly before the intrusion of the host kimberlite magmas. The deformation in the lower lithosphere may be linked to metasomatism.

  4. New model of the mantle lithosphere beneath Kuoyka kimberlite field Yakutia.

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Kostrovitsky, Sergey; Ovchinnikov, Yury; Tychkov, Nikolai; Khmelnikova, Olga; Palessky, Stanislav

    2013-04-01

    New data for the 11 pipes from Kuoyka field show that high Cr2O3 garnets to 10- 12% as well as high Cr chromites (to 64%Cr2O3) are found in several more pipes Zaozernaya, Seraya, Slyudyanka, Vodorasdelnaya, Titan, Lusya in addition to Djanga pipe. All garnets belong o lherzolite field and not less than 1/3 are TiO rich. The TiO2 rich chromites are dominating in the Cr- rich population. Metasomatic Cr2O3- rich (to 6%) ilmenites pre in the MgO and TiO2- part of the variation diagrams. The Cr- diopside variations show high variations of Fe and Na content to 4 % suggesting the hybridic origin similar to the Cr- pyroxeneis from Obnazhennaya pyroxenites (Taylor et al ., 2003). Omphicites (to 7 % Na2O) are rare. Cr-amphiboles (pargasites and hornblendes) are common in the upper part of the SCLM as well as in the Anabar and Kharamai region. Reconstructions of the mantle sections show the deep lithospheric roots beneath the Zosernaya pipe (7.5 GPa) traced by the PT conditions for Opx, Cpx, Gar, Cr and Ilm. SCLM is divided in to 4 sections and Ilm trace tow intervals in lower and upper part form 4 GPa. Th HT branch is sporadically found from 7 GPa to the Moho. In other pipes ilmenite and garnet PT estimates are more common in the lower part o mantle section while the Cpx trace mainly middle part of SCLM similar to the Obnazhennaya pip. It seems that kimberlites captured mainly the walls of feeders traced by Cr- low garnets and ilmenites in the lower part of SCLM while peridotitic mantle column was captured starting from the middle part of SCLM. The NS transsect of the Kuoyka field show more fertile mantle sections in the NNW part of the field. The TRE determined for the minerals from Kuoyka field show rather rounded patterns for REE of garnets with high variations in HREE part and small elevation in LREE . The depleted compositions reval the inflection in Eu TRE spidergrams well as relatively small Sr minima. Many of them show Ta peak, relatively small Pb elevation and Th

  5. Peculiarities of the composition of volatile components in picroilmenites from Yakutian kimberlites of various ages (by gas chromatography—mass spectrometry)

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    Tomilenko, A. A.; Bul'bak, T. A.; Pokhilenko, L. N.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2016-07-01

    The composition of volatile components in picroilmenites from Yakutian kimberlitic pipes of various ages (the Olivinovaya, Malokuonapskaya, and Udachnaya-East pipes) was studied for the first time by means of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). It was shown that picroilmenites and olivines from same kimberlitic pipes contained volatile components of close composition, whereas these components were quite different in these minerals from different pipes. These features point to a common source and represent the specificity of the magma chamber formed under the pronounced influence of hydrocarbons with their derivates, as well as nitrogen-, chlorine-, and sulfur-containing compounds. The fraction of hydrocarbons and derivates in the composition of volatile matter is as high as 99%, including 9.7% of chlorine- and fluorinecontaining compounds.

  6. Regularities of spatial association of major endogenous uranium deposits and kimberlitic dykes in the uranium ore regions of the Ukrainian Shield

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    Kalashnyk, Anna

    2015-04-01

    During exploration works we discovered the spatial association and proximity time formation of kimberlite dykes (ages are 1,815 and 1,900 Ga for phlogopite) and major industrial uranium deposits in carbonate-sodium metasomatites (age of the main uranium ore of an albititic formation is 1,85-1,70 Ga according to U-Pb method) in Kirovogradsky, Krivorozhsky and Alekseevsko-Lysogorskiy uranium ore regions of the Ukrainian Shield (UkrSh) [1]. In kimberlites of Kirovogradsky ore region uranium content reaches 18-20 g/t. Carbon dioxide is a major component in the formation of hydrothermal uranium deposits and the formation of the sodium in the process of generating the spectrum of alkaline ultrabasic magmas in the range from picritic to kimberlite and this is the connection between these disparate geochemical processes. For industrial uranium deposits in carbonate-sodium metasomatitics of the Kirovogradsky and Krivorozhsky uranium ore regions are characteristic of uranyl carbonate introduction of uranium, which causes correlation between CO2 content and U in range of "poor - ordinary - rich" uranium ore. In productive areas of uranium-ore fields of the Kirovogradsky ore region for phlogopite-carbonate veinlets of uranium ore albitites deep δ13C values (from -7.9 to -6.9o/oo) are characteristic. Isotope-geochemical investigation of albitites from Novokonstantynovskoe, Dokuchaevskoe, Partyzanskoe uranium deposits allowed obtaining direct evidence of the involvement of mantle material during formation of uranium albitites in Kirovogradsky ore region [2]. Petrological characteristics of kimberlites from uranium ore regions of the UkrSh (presence of nodules of dunite and harzburgite garnet in kimberlites, diamonds of peridotite paragenesis, chemical composition of indicator minerals of kimberlite, in particular Gruzskoy areas pyropes (Cr2O3 = 6,1-7,1%, MgO = 19,33-20,01%, CaO = 4,14-4,38 %, the content of knorringite component of most grains > 50mol%), chromites (Cr2O3 = 45

  7. Kimberlite and related rocks from Garnet Lake, West Greenland, including their mantle constituents, diamond occurrence, age and provenance

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    Hutchison, Mark T.; Frei, Dirk

    2009-11-01

    Observations of thickness, orientation and morphology and mineral chemistry of the principal diamondiferous intrusive sheet and associated bodies in the vicinity of Garnet Lake, Sarfartoq, West Greenland are reported. The principal body dips to the east on a NE/SW (true) trend and reaches a maximum thickness of 4.25 m. Multiple intrusive events are identified within the main sheet including sub-parallel bands occasionally exhibiting grain size sorting, cross-cutting layers and late-stage carbonate-rich emplacement, particularly at the contacts with country rock. Phenocrystic mineral assemblages and compositional measurements reveal two principal petrological types. The dominant type is an aillikite and the second rock type is a kimberlite. The kimberlite exhibits thin Ba-rich rims (towards kinoshitalite) on Al-rich phlogopite crysts, and an abundance of perovskite. Compositional zonation in groundmass spinels suggest a later transition towards an aillikite component. The aillikite is characterised by abundant phlogopite, heavily zoned with tetraferriphlogopite rims, transitional Type 1-Type 2 spinel compositions, rare Al,Ti-rich groundmass clinopyroxene and occasional exotic Sr-carbonate phases such as olekminskite. The Garnet Lake main sheet is characterised by mantle phases occurring as individual grains, most strikingly as garnet xenocrysts up to 5 mm and disaggregated mantle olivine crysts. Xenoliths occur rarely and are typically garnet dunites and garnet lherzolites. Heavy mineral separation reveals an abundance of G10D garnets and, whilst peridotitic garnets dominate, eclogitic G3D and G4D garnets also occur. Trace element compositions of garnet crysts reveal sinusoidal REE patterns in harzburgitic garnets however a component of flat and REE-enriched G11 garnets is apparent, reflecting significant mantle refertilisation. Thermorbarometric calculations on assemblages in Garnet Lake main sheet garnet lherzolites reveal equilibrium conditions clustering closely

  8. Metaconglomerate preserves evidence for kimberlite, diamondiferous root and medium grade terrane of a pre-2.7 Ga Southern Superior protocraton

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    Kopylova, M. G.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Bruce, L. F.; Thurston, P. C.; Ryder, J.

    2011-12-01

    We studied heavy minerals extracted from a diamondiferous metaconglomerate that formed 2697-2701 Ma in a successor basin within the Michipicoten Greenstone Belt (MGB) of the Wawa-Abitibi Terrane (Southern Superior Craton). The conglomerate is metamorphosed in the greenschist facies and contains mainly locally derived igneous mafic to felsic detritus, but also very minor components of medium grade metamorphic minerals, diamonds and paragenetic diamond indicator minerals. Comparison of the size distribution, resorbtion and N aggregation of diamonds in nearby Wawa lamprophyres and the metaconglomerate diamonds confirms that the latter were not derived from the proximal lamprophyric source. The heavy minerals in the metaconglomerate include diopside, olivine, corundum, chromite, almandine, pyrope with kelyphitic rims, picroilmenite, amphibole and anorthite. Low abundances of the heavy minerals (several grains per 4-70 tons of the metaconglomerate) are, in part, explained by their complete or partial replacement by the greenschist mineral assemblage. Detrital almandine and amphibole are inferred to originate in amphibolite facies rocks. Cr-diopside, olivine, chromite and anorthite were sourced from mafic-ultramafic anorthosite- and chromitite-bearing layered complexes mapped in the MGB. The presence of pyrope with more than 6 wt.% Cr 2O 3 suggests derivation from a cratonic root. Picroilmenite has compositions typical of kimberlite and unlike that of ultramafic lamprophyres and other unconventional diamondiferous volcanics. The Wawa metaconglomerate, therefore, should be considered analogous to the Witwatersrand successor basin conglomerate in recording indirect evidence for Archean kimberlites. The tight localization of the diamondiferous conglomerate in time and space was controlled by a quick (~ 3 Ma) erosion of the source kimberlite body. The location of the kimberlite-bearing > 2.7 Ga Superior protocraton was inferred from the provenance of the metaconglomerate

  9. Garnet lherzolite xenoliths in the kimberlites of northern Lesotho: revised P-T equilibration conditions and upper mantle Palaeogeotherm

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    Carswell, D. A.; Gibb, F. G. F.

    1987-12-01

    Evidence is presented that the inflected palaeogeotherm for northern Lesotho, previously highlighted by Boyd (1973), Boyd and Nixon (1973, 1975), Finnerty and Boyd (1984, 1987), is essentially an artifact of the unsatisfactory, over-simplified barometer formulation (based on MacGregor 1974) employed. The absence of an inflection in the palaeogeotherm for Udachnaya, Siberia based on P-T estimates for garnet lherzolite xenoliths calculated with the same barometer, does not prove the reality of an inflected palaeogeotherm for northern Lesotho. Rather, it reflects, at least in part, chemical differences between the equivalent deformed, high- T xenoliths in these two areas — most importantly expressed in the respective contents of Jadeite relative to ureyite in the constituent orthopyroxenes. Accurate estimation of P-T equilibration conditions for garnet lherzolite xenoliths requires both complete and precise mineral analyses and adequate consideration of the influence of minor elements, such as Cr and Na, on the element exchange reaction thermometers and barometers employed. The barometer formulation of Nickel and Green (1985) is judged to be the best currently available. As no single thermometer is entirely satisfactory and dependable throughout the P-T range of interest, equilibration temperatures are currently best assessed as a mean value obtained from application of the most accurate formulations for both the two-pyroxene solvus thermometer (Bertrand and Mercier 1985) and Fe2+-Mg2+ exchange reactions between garnet-clinopyroxene (Powell 1985), garnet-orthopyroxene (Harley 1984a) and garnet-olivine (O'Neill and Wood 1979) mineral pairs. Such ‘best’ P-T estimates for xenoliths in the kimberlites of northern Lesotho indicate a somewhat elevated, non-inflected, upper mantle palaeogeotherm, compatible with a 120 145 km thick thermally conductive lithosphere above a convecting asthenosphere. The common coarse textured, chemically depleted, garnet lherzolite

  10. Melting experiments on the Udachnaya kimberlite at 6.3-7.5 GPa: Implications for the role of H2O in magma generation and formation of hydrous olivine

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    Sokol, Alexander G.; Kupriyanov, Igor N.; Palyanov, Yury N.; Kruk, Alexey N.; Sobolev, Nikolay V.

    2013-01-01

    Melting experiments on kimberlite from the Udachnaya pipe have been performed at 6.3-7.5 GPa and 1300-1600 °C using a split-sphere multianvil apparatus. The water content in kimberlite varied from 2.5 to 11.6 wt.% and the CO2/(CO2 + H2O) molar ratio was from 0.61 to 0.23. The samples were placed in a graphite container inside a Pt capsule. The oxygen fugacity (fO2) during the experiment was controlled by the equilibrium between graphite and water-bearing carbonate-silicate melt. At relatively low temperatures, fO2 was close to the EMOG/D equilibrium, at higher temperatures, it shifted for approximately 1 log unit to more reduced conditions. An olivine + garnet + clinopyroxene assemblage was present at ⩽100 °C below the liquidus of the Udachnaya kimberlite, with 6-8 wt.% H2O at the pressure 6.3 GPa and 6-10 wt.% H2O at 7.5 GPa. At 2.5 wt.% H2O the same assemblage appeared at ⩾150 °C below liquidus, both at 6.3 and 7.5 GPa. Orthopyroxene did not form at any temperature and pressure of the experiments. The presence of clinopyroxene near the liquidus was due to the calcic nature and a high degree of silica undersaturation in the Udachnaya kimberlite. At the supra-solidus conditions, garnet and clinopyroxene compositionally distinct from minerals of the megacryst/macrocryst suite crystallized in equilibrium with low-H2O carbonated melt. Near the liquidus of high-H2O kimberlite, the stable olivine composition was from Fo91 to Fo98. The garnet composition (CaO ˜8 wt.%, TiO2 <1 wt.% and Cr2O3 up to 2.2 wt.%) approached that of Ti-bearing garnet typical of Cr-poor garnet megacrysts while the clinopyroxene was an analog of clinopyroxene megacrysts in kimberlite. Infrared absorption measurements showed that crystallized olivines contained water in the form of Ti-clinohumite-like and OH-clinohumite-like defects. The H2O content of olivine was found to depend mainly on water content in kimberlite melt and pressure. Olivine with 120-170 ppm H2O crystallized at 6 GPa in

  11. Geochemical and oxygen isotope signatures of mantle corundum megacrysts from the Mbuji-Mayi kimberlite, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Changle alkali basalt, China

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    Giuliani, Gaston; Pivin, Marjorie; Fallick, Anthony E.; Ohnenstetter, Daniel; Song, Yucai; Demaiffe, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Oxygen isotope signatures of ruby and sapphire megacrysts, combined with trace-element analysis, from the Mbuji-Mayi kimberlite, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Changle alkali basalt, China, provide clues to specify their origin in the deep Earth. At Mbuji-Mayi, pink sapphires have δ18O values in the range 4.3 to 5.4‰ (N = 10) with a mean of 4.9 ± 0.4‰, and rubies from 5.5 to 5.6‰ (N = 3). The Ga/Mg ratio of pink sapphires is between 1.9 and 3.9, and in rubies, between 0.6 and 2.6. The blue or yellow sapphires from Changle have δ18O values from 4.6 to 5.2 ‰, with a mean of 4.9 ± 0.2‰ (N = 9). The Ga/Mg ratio is between 5.7 and 11.3. The homogenous isotopic composition of ruby suggests a derivation from upper mantle xenoliths (garnet lherzolite, pyroxenite) or metagabbros and/or lower crustal garnet clinopyroxenite eclogite-type xenoliths included in kimberlites. Data from the pink sapphires from Mbuji-Mayi suggest a mantle origin, but different probable protoliths: either subducted oceanic protolith transformed into eclogite with δ18O values buffered to the mantle value, or clinopyroxenite protoliths in peridotite. The Changle sapphires have a mantle O-isotope signature. They probably formed in syenitic magmas produced by low degree partial melting of a spinel lherzolite source. The kimberlite and the alkali basalt acted as gem conveyors from the upper mantle up to the surface.

  12. Diamond-bearing Rocks among Mantle Xenoliths in Kimberlites as Indicatory for the Chambers of Diamond-parental Carbonatite Magma

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    Litvin, Yuriy; Kuzyura, Anastasia

    2014-05-01

    Origin of diamond-bearing peridotite and eclogite rocks in kimberlites is cleared up using mantle-carbonatite model of diamond genesis (Litvin, 2007, 2009, 2013). Data of analytical mineralogy of primary inclusions in diamonds and results of physicochemical experiments on syngenetic diamond and inclusion phase relations are co-ordinated in this model (Litvin et al., 2012). It proved that diamond-parental media are presented by changeable carbon-saturated peridotite-carbonatite and eclogite-carbonatite melts. The melts are capable to form not diamonds only but their major and minor inclusions. The upper mantle is mainly composed of diamond-free peridotites which dominate over eclogites as 9 to 5 % (Mathias et al., 1970). Howewer diamond-bearing peridotites and eclogites occur rarely as demonstrated for S.Africa and Yakutia (Sobolev N., 1977). Nevertheless, origin of diamond-bearing rocks belongs to key problems of genetic mineralogy of diamond and mantle petrology due to dissimilar physicochemical and environmental conditions of formation of comparatively diamond-free rocks. Symptomatic that garnets included in diamond and these of diamond-bearing eclogite are compositionally similar (Sobolev V. et al., 1972). Garnets of diamond-bearing eclogites, inclusions in diamonds and intergrowths with them are marked by increased Na2O content (0.10-0.22%) because of Na-majorite component Na2MgSi5O12 (Bobrov & Litvin, 2011). Peridotitic garnets of diamond-bearing rocks, inclusions and intergrowths are indicated by high Cr2O3 and low CaO content over diamond-free ones. This compositional dissimilarity is compatible with formation of diamond-bearing rocks, inclusions and intergrowths in chambers of partially melted peridotite-eclogite-carbonatite-sulphide-carbon system of changeable composition. However, diamond-free rocks are products of upper-mantle magmatism based on carbonatite-free peridotite-eclogite-sulphide-carbon system. Chambers of diamond-parental carbonatite magma

  13. The molecular structure of melts along the carbonatite-kimberlite-basalt compositional joint: CO2 and polymerisation

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    Moussallam, Yves; Florian, Pierre; Corradini, Dario; Morizet, Yann; Sator, Nicolas; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Guillot, Bertrand; Iacono-Marziano, Giada; Schmidt, Burkhard C.; Gaillard, Fabrice

    2016-01-01

    Transitional melts, intermediate in composition between silicate and carbonate melts, form by low degree partial melting of mantle peridotite and might be the most abundant type of melt in the asthenosphere. Their role in the transport of volatile elements and in metasomatic processes at the planetary scale might be significant yet they have remained largely unstudied. Their molecular structure has remained elusive in part because these melts are difficult to quench to glass. Here we use FTIR, Raman, 13C and 29Si NMR spectroscopy together with First Principle Molecular Dynamic (FPMD) simulations to investigate the molecular structure of transitional melts and in particular to assess the effect of CO2 on their structure. We found that carbon in these glasses forms free ionic carbonate groups attracting cations away from their usual 'depolymerising' role in breaking up the covalent silicate network. Solution of CO2 in these melts strongly modifies their structure resulting in a significant polymerisation of the aluminosilicate network with a decrease in NBO/Si of about 0.2 for every 5 mol% CO2 dissolved. This polymerisation effect is expected to influence the physical and transport properties of transitional melts. An increase in viscosity is expected with increasing CO2 content, potentially leading to melt ponding at certain levels in the mantle such as at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Conversely an ascending and degassing transitional melt such as a kimberlite would become increasingly fluid during ascent hence potentially accelerate. Carbon-rich transitional melts are effectively composed of two sub-networks: a carbonate and a silicate one leading to peculiar physical and transport properties.

  14. Volatile composition of microinclusions in diamonds from the Panda kimberlite, Canada: Implications for chemical and isotopic heterogeneity in the mantle

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    Burgess, Ray; Cartigny, Pierre; Harrison, Darrell; Hobson, Emily; Harris, Jeff

    2009-03-01

    In order to better investigate the compositions and the origins of fluids associated with diamond growth, we have carried-out combined noble gas (He and Ar), C and N isotope, K, Ca and halogen (Cl, Br, I) determinations on fragments of individual microinclusion-bearing diamonds from the Panda kimberlite, North West Territories, Canada. The fluid concentrations of halogens and noble gases in Panda diamonds are enriched by several orders of magnitude over typical upper mantle abundances. However, noble gas, C and N isotopic ratios ( 3He/ 4He = 4-6 Ra, 40Ar/ 36Ar = 20,000-30,000, δ 13C = -4.5‰ to -6.9‰ and δ 15N = -1.2‰ to -8.8‰) are within the worldwide range determined for fibrous diamonds and similar to the mid ocean ridge basalt (MORB) source value. The high 36Ar content of the diamonds (>1 × 10 -9 cm 3/g) is at least an order of magnitude higher than any previously reported mantle sample and enables the 36Ar content of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle to be estimated at ˜0.6 × 10 -12 cm 3/g, again similar to estimates for the MORB source. Three fluid types distinguished on the basis of Ca-K-Cl compositions are consistent with carbonatitic, silicic and saline end-members identified in previous studies of diamonds from worldwide sources. These fluid end-members also have distinct halogen ratios (Br/Cl and I/Cl). The role of subducted seawater-derived halogens, originally invoked to explain some of the halogen ratio variations in diamonds, is not considered an essential component in the formation of the fluids. In contrast, it is considered that large halogen fractionation of a primitive mantle ratio occurs during fluid-melt partitioning in forming silicic fluids, and during separation of an immiscible saline fluid.

  15. Origin of eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths from the Victor kimberlite, Canada, and implications for Superior craton formation

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    Smit, K. V.; Stachel, T.; Creaser, R. A.; Ickert, R. B.; DuFrane, S. A.; Stern, R. A.; Seller, M.

    2014-01-01

    A suite of 30 eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths recovered from the Jurassic Victor kimberlite in the western Superior Province are investigated to determine their formation and emplacement in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). The samples have a wide compositional range, including low-Mg and high-Mg varieties. The low-Mg eclogites have a shallow origin as plagioclase-bearing protoliths that were subsequently subducted and emplaced into the SCLM. This is supported by their generally flat MREE to HREE compositions, the presence of kyanite and a positive Eu anomaly in the kyanite-bearing sample, as well as δ18O in three low-Mg eclogites that are higher than the pristine mantle value. LREE depletion in the low-Mg eclogites, along with unradiogenic 87Sr/86Sr indicate that they were not affected by widespread metasomatism after emplacement in the SCLM. The high-Mg eclogites and pyroxenites have compositional characteristics that require a distinct origin to the low-Mg eclogites. Their bulk compositions, LREEN-enriched trace element patterns and in particular, occurrence of unradiogenic 187Os/188Os in pyroxenite, is consistent with formation by reaction of broadly siliceous melts (generated from the melting of low-Mg eclogites) with depleted peridotite. A subduction origin of the eclogites studied here is consistent with seismic and field-based studies that have reported terrane accretion by successive subduction of the west-east orientated terranes in the western Superior Province. Although the timing of eclogite and pyroxenite formation could not be constrained, radiogenic 187Os/188Os require long-term isolation from the convecting mantle and supports a Neorchaean age for their formation.

  16. Partitioning of H2O between olivine and carbonate-silicate melts at 6.3 GPa and 1400 °C: Implications for kimberlite formation

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    Sokol, Alexander G.; Kupriyanov, Igor N.; Palyanov, Yuri N.

    2013-12-01

    Partitioning of H2O between olivine and carbonate-silicate melts has been studied at 6.3 GPa and 1400 °C using a split-sphere multianvil apparatus. Olivine was synthesized in equilibrium with hydrous silicate and hydrous carbonate-silicate±chloride melts saturated with respect to one of Opx, Grt, Ms or a harzburgitic (Ol+Opx+Grt) residue and had CO2/(CO2+SiO2) molar ratios from 0 to 0.8. The concentration of H2O in olivine was determined using FTIR spectroscopy. We found that depending on the melt carbonation and saturation in equilibrium silicate phases the H2O content in olivine varied from 100 to 1500 ppm. The obtained results and data reported in Sokol et al. (2013) indicate that H2O content in olivine becomes approximately two times lower as CO2/(CO2+SiO2) molar ratios in the equilibrium melt increases from 0 to 0.4-0.8 and the crystallization media transform from hydrous silicate to hydrous carbonate-silicate (kimberlite like) melt. The estimated water partitioning between carbonate-silicate melt and nominally anhydrous mantle minerals indicates that carbonatitic melt can effectively extract water once it invades H2O-poore the peridotite. We suggest that extraction of H2O owing to the freezing point depression may provide the necessary melting degree of metasomatized peridotite source and formation of kimberlitic magma.

  17. The influence of volcanological and sedimentological processes on diamond grade distribution in kimberlites: examples from the EKATI Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada

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    Porritt, Lucy A.; Cas, R. A. F.; Ailleres, L.; Oshust, P.

    2011-10-01

    The distribution of diamonds within individual kimberlite pipes is poorly documented in the public domain due to the proprietary nature of the data. The study of the diamond distribution within two pipes, Fox and Koala, from the EKATI Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada, in conjunction with detailed facies models has shown several distinct relationships of deposit type and grade distribution. In both pipes, the lithological facies represent grade units which can be distinguished from each other in terms of relative size and abundance of diamonds. A positive relationship between olivine grain size and abundance with diamond size and abundance is observed, indicating that sorting of fragmental kimberlites influences diamond distribution. Though surface geological processes do not control the diamond potential of the erupting magma, they can be responsible for concentrating diamonds into economically significant proportions. A good understanding of the eruption, transport and depositional processes responsible for the individual lithological units and the diamond distribution within them is important for successful resource estimation. This may lead to recognition of areas suitable for selective mining, making a marginal deposit economic.

  18. Evolution of diamond resorption in a silicic aqueous fluid at 1-3 GPa: Application to kimberlite emplacement and mantle metasomatism

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    Zhang, Zhihai; Fedortchouk, Yana; Hanley, Jacob J.

    2015-06-01

    Natural diamonds grow and partially dissolve during mantle metasomatism and undergo further resorption during the ascent to the Earth's surface in kimberlite magmas. This study uses atomic force microscopy (AFM) for quantitative characterization of diamond resorption morphology in order to provide robust constraints of the composition of kimberlitic and mantle metasomatic fluids. We performed experiments in a piston-cylinder apparatus at pressures (P) of 1-3 GPa and temperatures (T) of 1150-1400 °C to examine the impact of P, T, and silica content of an aqueous fluid on diamond dissolution. Petrographic observation and microthermometry of synthetic fluid inclusions trapped in olivine at the run conditions provide constraints on the composition and density of the fluid reacting with the diamond. Our results confirm an inverse relationship between P and T on diamond dissolution kinetics. A P increase of 1 GPa suppresses diamond oxidation rates by the same value as a T decrease by 50 °C, while the transformation rate of diamond crystal morphology from octahedron to tetrahexahedron increases with both P and T. All dissolved diamonds develop glossy surfaces, ditrigonal {111} faces, sheaf striations, and negative trigons, while circular pits only occur in aqueous fluids with low silica content (≤ 4.2 mol/kg) at 1 GPa. We identify five distinct morphological groups of trigons: two types of point-bottomed (p/b) (trumpet- and V-shaped) and three types of flat-bottomed (f/b) (trumpet-shaped, trapezoid-shaped and rounded). AFM measurements of trigons from two successive runs showed three stages of their evolution. Etch pits nucleate at defects as trumpet p/b trigons with the vertical dissolution rate (Vd) faster than the dissolution rates at the surface free of defects; they further develop by growth of the bottoms in (111) plane to create trumpet-shaped f/b trigons accompanied by decrease in Vd; and finally form trapezoid-shaped f/b trigon with constant wall angles. The

  19. Identification of /sup 13/C depleted mantle carbon in diamonds from the Roberts Victor Kimberlite, South Africa

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    Deines, P.

    1985-01-01

    The Roberts Victor Kimberlite is known for the abundance of eclogite xenoliths, some of which show an unusual depletion in /sup 18/O. The question whether the observed oxygen isotope variations can be related to carbon isotopic composition variations has been investigated. Peridotite-suite diamons (X = -5.4 per thousand vs. PDB, s = +/-0.9 per thousand, n = 65) and sulfide containing diamonds (X = -4.9, s = +/-0.9, n = 20) do not differ in their /sup 13/C content. For these samples, delta/sup 13/C is not related to diamond shape, color, minerals occluded, or the inclusion chemistry. Eclogite suite diamonds (11) can be subdivided into two groups, GI and GII, based on delta/sup 13/C : GI = (X = -15.4, s = +/-0.4, n = 8); GII = (X = -5.9, s = +/-0.4, n = 3). The composition of the gt and cpx inclusions of the two groups is distinct; e.g. cpx of GI is significantly depleted in SiO/sub 2/, MgO, and CaO, and significantly enriched in Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, FeO and MnO, compared to cpx of GII. Comparison of the chemical composition of the inclusions in E-type diamonds with those of eclogite xenoliths showing /sup 18/O depletion suggests that /sup 13/C and /sup 18/O depletion are not likely to be related. Evaluation of compositional trends of gt and cpx in eclogite xenoliths indicates that GI and GII are not related by a single fractionation event, but represent products from different reservoirs. Equilibration conditions deduced from coexisting gt and cpx demonstrate that GI diamonds come from larger depths than eclogite xenoliths and by inference GII diamonds. The high FeO and MnO content of a gt inclusion in cpx of an eclogite xenolith is used to argue for the existence of two separate events responsible for the formation of GI and GII diamonds.

  20. Origin of sub-lithospheric diamonds from the Juina-5 kimberlite (Brazil): constraints from carbon isotopes and inclusion compositions

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    Thomson, A. R.; Kohn, S. C.; Bulanova, G. P.; Smith, C. B.; Araujo, D.; Walter, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Forty-one diamonds sourced from the Juina-5 kimberlite pipe in Southern Brazil, which contain optically identifiable inclusions, have been studied using an integrated approach. The diamonds contain <20 ppm nitrogen (N) that is fully aggregated as B centres. Internal structures in several diamonds revealed using cathodoluminescence (CL) are unlike those normally observed in lithospheric samples. The majority of the diamonds are composed of isotopically light carbon, and the collection has a unimodal distribution heavily skewed towards δ13C ~ -25 ‰. Individual diamonds can display large carbon isotope heterogeneity of up to ~15 ‰ and predominantly have isotopically lighter cores displaying blue CL, and heavier rims with green CL. The light carbon isotopic compositions are interpreted as evidence of diamond growth from abiotic organic carbon added to the oceanic crust during hydrothermal alteration. The bulk isotopic composition of the oceanic crust, carbonates plus organics, is equal to the composition of mantle carbon (-5 ‰), and we suggest that recycling/mixing of subducted material will replenish this reservoir over geological time. Several exposed, syngenetic inclusions have bulk compositions consistent with former eclogitic magnesium silicate perovskite, calcium silicate perovskite and NAL or CF phases that have re-equilibrated during their exhumation to the surface. There are multiple occurrences of majoritic garnet with pyroxene exsolution, coesite with and without kyanite exsolution, clinopyroxene, Fe or Fe-carbide and sulphide minerals alongside single occurrences of olivine and ferropericlase. As a group, the inclusions have eclogitic affinity and provide evidence for diamond formation at pressures extending to Earth's deep transition zone and possibly the lower mantle. It is observed that the major element composition of inclusions and isotopic compositions of host Juina-5 diamonds are not correlated. The diamond and inclusion compositions are

  1. Infrared spectral and carbon isotopic characteristics of micro- and macro-diamonds from the Panda kimberlite (Central Slave Craton, Canada)

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    Melton, G. L.; Stachel, T.; Stern, R. A.; Carlson, J.; Harris, J. W.

    2013-09-01

    One hundred and twenty-one micro-diamonds (< 1 mm) and 90 macro-diamonds (2.5 mm to 3.4 mm) from the Panda kimberlite (Ekati mine, Central Slave Craton, Canada) were analyzed for nitrogen content, nitrogen aggregation state (%B) and platelet and hydrogen peak areas (cm- 2). Micro-diamond nitrogen concentrations range from < 10 at. ppm to 1696 at. ppm (median = 805 at. ppm) and the median aggregation state is 23%B. Macro-diamonds range from < 10 at. ppm to 1260 at. ppm (median = 187 at. ppm) nitrogen and have a median nitrogen aggregation of 26%B. Platelet and hydrogen peaks were observed in 37% and 79% of the micro-diamonds and 79% and 56% of the macro-diamonds, respectively. Nitrogen based time averaged residence temperatures indicate that micro- and macro-diamonds experienced similar thermal mantle residence histories, both populations displaying bimodal residence temperature distributions with a gap between 1130 °C and 1160 °C (at 3.5 Ga residence). In addition, SIMS carbon isotopic analyses for the micro-diamonds were obtained: δ13C compositions range from - 6.9‰ to + 1.8‰ (median = - 4.3‰). CL imaging reveals distinct growth layers that in some samples differ by > 2‰, but mostly vary by < 0.5‰. Comparison of only the “gem-quality” samples (n = 49 micro- and 90 macro-diamonds) between the two diamond sets, indicates a statistically significant shift of + 1.3‰ in average δ13C from macro- to micro-diamonds and this shift documents distinct diamond forming fluids, fractionation process or growth histories. A broad transition to heavier isotopic values is also observed in connection to decreasing mantle residence temperatures. The bimodal mantle residence temperature distribution may coincide with the transition from highly depleted shallow to more fertile deep lithospheric mantle observed beneath the Central Slave Craton. The increase in δ13C with decreasing residence temperature (proxy for decreasing depth) is interpreted to reflect diamond

  2. Comparison of the mantle modification of the mantle column between two phases of kimberlite intrusion in Dalnyaya pipe, Yakutia

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Spetsius, Zdislav; Salikhov, Ravil; Khmelnikova, Olga

    2013-04-01

    Dalnaya pipe is one of the largest in Daldyn field, Yakutia is composed of autolite breccia (AKB) and porphyric kimberlite (PK). Minerals from concentrates of both phases were compared and with the peridotite xenoliths minerals. Cpx from Dalnyaya are showing common tendencies Fe--Ti rise and Cr, Al, Na decrease. Garnets belong to lherzolite field with more deviation to harzbuirgitic one for (PK) . The chromites show two subtrends for Cr Fe, Ni vs TiO2. In general the variations of the AKB minerals and dispersion are higher but amount of depleted varieties is higher in PK. We used >50 xenoliths and ~1200 concentrate minerals for PT reconstructions. Combine PTX diagram show deep SCLM root beneath Dalnyaya with the main heating ~7 GPa. The HT 45mwm-2 branch is traced by some xenoliths from base to 2GPa. Essential inflection and heating detected by PT for OPx ~3GPa referring to Ca- enriched pyroxenitic garnets . Small Fe enrichment for Cpx and Gar found near 6 GPa referring to heated porhyroclastic varieties. Continuous and irregular growth of Fe# for Gar and low Fe Cpx Fe# 6 to 12# suggest that primary mantle layering beneath this pipe was smoothed by the high scale interaction with melts. The refertilization trend with Fe#9-15% rising upward in two branches refer to the Ilm and Cpx parental melt evolutions produced the intergrowth sometimes with garnets. In the PFO2 diagrams garnets and Cpx show continuous reduction to the lithosphere base to 4QMF higher for Cpx. Ilm - garnet trend is rising upward between -2 -0 QMF. The PT diagram for the AKB minerals from Dalnyaya pipe is nearly the same with the high dispersion to Fe rich varieties and smaller amount o f Mg rich minerals. Since the diamond grade is often determined by the amount of depleted varieties it is higher for the PK. Trace elements determined for Gar and Cpx from 13 xenoliths from the middle part of mantle section reveal very similar patterns in general. Supported by RBRF grant 11-05-00060.

  3. Eclogites and the Metasomatism of Eclogites from the Jagersfontein Kimberlite: Punctuated Transport and Implications for Alkali Magmatism

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    Pyle, Joseph M.; Haggerty, Stephen E.

    1998-04-01

    The first detailed petrographic and electron microbeam study of eclogite xenoliths and associated metasomatism from the Jagersfontein Kimberlite are presented with the objectives of determining depths of origin and of establishing possible links to cratonic magmatism. Jagersfontein eclogites are primarily bimineralic garnet + clinopyroxene with wide variations in color, size, and modal abundances, and with initial equilibration in the diamond stability field; five of seventy-nine eclogites derive from P > 8 Gpa. Phlogopite, amphibole, and calcite are the dominant metasomatic minerals, with accessory spinel, feldspar, and serpentine. Garnets are py 39 to py 77 in composition, and zoned garnets are observed as overgrowth rims on early garnet, adjacent to phlogopite, and as relicts in spinel-bearing subassemblages. Phlogopite and amphibole are enriched in Ti, and serpentine contains noticeable Al and Fe. Pleonaste has limited magnetite and minor Cr; and a strong correlation exists between MgO and Cr 2O 3 contents in spinel and in coexisting garnet. Pyroxene is compositionally diverse, and three distinct varieties exist: (1) primary omphacite (jd 7-jd 55) with distinct high-Al [VI] and low-Al [VI] groups; (2) secondary symplectitic diopsidic omphacite (jd 2-jd 25) with slightly greater Al [IV] content than primary omphacite; and (3) spinel-associated pyroxene with little or no jadeite component (max 0.96 wt% Na 2O), variable Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe) (0.03-0.47), and high Tschermak content (up to ˜0.3 cations Al [IV] pfu). Feldspar compositions are variable and controlled by associated minerals (garnet, pyroxene, phlogopite) and composition of reacting phases. Pressure-T estimates for metasomatism are <2 Gpa and <900 C, in the field of graphite stability. From mass balance considerations, the metasomatic melts contained K, Ti, Cr, H 2O, and CO 2, but also Na in amphibole and Nb in rutile. Garnet:pyroxene ratios control metasomatic end-product minerals. Hydrous metasomatism of

  4. Evidence for the mantle metasomatism at the formation of polycrystalline diamond aggregates from Mir kimberlite, Yakutia, Russia

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Shatsky, V. S.; Zedgenizov, D.; Ragozin, A.; Reutsky, V.

    2013-12-01

    Polycrystalline diamond aggregates (boart, framesites, diamondites) have been widely studied but their origin is poorly understood. We report the results of a study of two polished fragments of fine-grained (40-400 μm size of individual diamond grains) dense polycrystalline diamond aggregates from the Mir pipe containing visible multiple interstitial garnet inclusions. They were analyzed for major and trace elements of inclusions and for δ13C and N abundance of host diamonds. These aggregates are classified as variety IX by Orlov (1977). No cavities were observed in these samples. Sixty two irregular garnet grains and one clinopyroxene inclusion were detected and analyzed in sample MR-832. Garnets are homogeneous within single grains but variable in mg# [100Mg/(Mg+Fe)] from 60 up to 87 and CaO contents (3.3-5.3 wt.%) among grains with a trend to negative correlation. Low Cr (550-640 ppm) confirms eclogitic (E-type) paragenesis. High Na2O contents (5.2 wt.%) of a single pyroxene inclusion is additional evidence of eclogitic nature of this sample. Wide variations in trace elements (ppm) are characteristic for garnet grains: Sr (2.7-25.6), Y (9.7-14.1), Zr (15.6-38.7) and positive Eu anomaly is present. The δ13C of diamonds within studied sample is relatively constant (-7.1÷-7.8 ‰ PDB) but N abundance is variable (620-1150 ppm). The second peridotitic (U/P-type) sample MR-838 contains eight inclusions of Mg-rich Cr-pyropes (mg# ~85, Cr2O3 3.2-3.4 wt.%) and magnesite inclusion with 4.35 wt.% FeO and 1.73 wt.% CaO. Trace elements content in pyropes is relatively uniform (ppm): Sr (0.4-1.6), Y (13.2-13.4) and Zr (13.0). The δ13C is between -5.6 and -9.8 ‰ PDB and N abundance is low and relatively constant (75-98 ppm). We conclude that heterogeneous distribution of the trace elements among garnet grains and magnesite presence are indicative of the effects of mantle metasomatism and rapid crystallization shortly before the eruption of the kimberlite (e.g. Shimizu

  5. Trace element chemistry of peridotitic garnets in diamonds from the Premier (Cullinan) and Finsch kimberlites, South Africa: Contrasting styles of mantle metasomatism

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    Viljoen, K. S.; Harris, J. W.; Ivanic, T.; Richardson, S. H.; Gray, K.

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to provide, discuss, and interpret a comprehensive set of geochemical data (involving major elements as well as Ni, Ti, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Hf and the rare earth elements) for peridotitic garnets in diamonds from Premier and Finsch, with a view on the nature of the metasomatic processes operating up to the time of diamond crystallisation, and the location of these two diamondiferous kimberlites within and outside the region of low seismic velocity in the Kaapvaal lithosphere. Trace element data were acquired using an ion microprobe, and a new method for the analysis of Ni in garnet by ion microprobe is presented. Peridotitic garnets in diamonds from the Premier mine are characterised by a significantly higher proportion of the lherzolite paragenesis relative to diamonds from other South African mines, such as Finsch, Venetia and De Beers Pool. Based on Ni-in-garnet thermometry, inclusion encapsulation temperatures of 1055 °C to 1669 °C are calculated for peridotitic garnets from Premier, with an average temperature of 1215 °C. Calculated temperatures for garnets from Finsch range from 1036 °C to 1167 °C, and are generally lower than for Premier, with an average of 1098 °C. The garnets in the diamonds from Premier and Finsch reflect contrasting styles of metasomatism associated with diamond crystallisation, with a low temperature fluid-type metasomatism prevalent in the case of the Paleoarchean diamonds from Finsch, and a higher temperature melt-related metasomatism occurring in the case of the Paleoproterozoic diamonds from Premier. The metasomatic agent accompanying diamond crystallisation at Finsch is effective at introducing Sr, the light rare earth elements, and some Zr into the lithosphere, but is ineffective at transporting much Ca, Ti, Y and heavy rare earth elements. In the case of Premier the metasomatic agent is highly effective at element transport, introducing e.g. Ca, Fe, Ti, Zr, Y and the rare earth elements. The location

  6. Nd, Sr, Pb, Ar, and O isotopic systematics of Sturgeon Lake kimberlite, Saskatchewan, Canada: constraints on emplacement age, alteration, and source composition

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    Hegner, E.; Roddick, J. C.; Fortier, S. M.; Hulbert, L.

    1995-06-01

    Rb-Sr isotopic dating of phlogopite megacryst samples separated from Sturgeon Lake kimberlite, Saskatchewan, yields a crystallization age of 98±1 Ma (2 σ, MSWD=1.2; 87Sr/86Sr( t)=0.7059). The 40Ar/39Ar analyses of a phlogopite megacryst sample indicate the presence of large amounts of excess 40Ar and yield an excessively old age of ˜410 Ma. Assessment of the Ar data using isotope correlation plots indicates clustering of the data points about a mixing line between the radiogenic 40Ar component at 98 Ma and a trapped component with uniform 36Ar/40Ar and Cl/40Ar. Values of δ 18O as high as +20‰ (VSMOW) for calcite from the groundmass and a whole-rock sample indicate pervasive low-temperature alteration. The δ 13C of matrix carbonate is -11.3‰ (PDB), slightly lighter than typical values from the literature. The δ 18O values of about +5‰ (VSMOW) for brown phlogopite megacrysts may be primary, green phlogopites are interpreted to be an alteration product of the brown variety and are 2‰ heavier. Initial Nd-Sr-Pb isotopic ratios for a whole-rock sample ( ɛ Nd=+0.8; 87Sr/86Sr=0.7063, 206Pb/204Pb=18.67, 207Pb/204Pb=15.54, 208Pb/204Pb=38.97) suggest an affinity with group I kimberlites. Initial ɛ Nd values of +1.7 and +0.5 (87Sr/86Sr( t)=0.7053 and 0.7050) for eclogitic and lherzolitic garnet megacryst samples, and values of 0.0 for two phlogopite megacryst samples reflect an origin from an isotopically evolving melt due to assimilation of heterogeneous mantle. Lilac high-Cr lherzolitic garnet megacrysts give an unusually high ɛ Nd(98. Ma) of +28.6 (87Sr/86Sr=0.7046) indicating a xenocrystic origin probably from the lithospheric mantle. The very radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr and 206Pb/204Pb ratios of the kimberlite are consistent with melting of EM II (enriched) mantle components.

  7. Ti-rich Silicate Perovskite: A New Lower Mantle Phase and the Possible Source of Unradiogenic Hf in Kimberlites and Carbonatites

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    Collerson, K. D.; Terasaki, H.; Ohtani, E.; Suzuki, A.; Kondo, T.

    2005-12-01

    In an attempt to synthesize the pre-exsolution homogeneous phase proposed by [1] as the protolith of exsolution-textured cpx-ilm xenoliths in kimberlite, we conducted a subsolidus MA experiment at 25 GPa and 1800°C using a natural cpx-ilm xenolith from Monastery kimberlite containing 17% TiO2 as the starting composition. Phases identified (EPMA, Raman &XRD) were Ti-rich MgSi perovskite, Ti-rich CaSi perovskite and stishovite. TiO2 contents ranged from 16-18% in the CaTiSiPv to between 12.5 and 25% in the MgTiSiPv. This indicates that an extensive field of solid solution exists in the system MgSiPv - CaSiPv - CaTiPv at pressures greater than 24 GPa [cf. 2,3]. Furthermore, a multi-phase system was observed using XRD in a DAC experiment at 30 GPa and 1800°C. By contrast, the maximum TiO2 in majorite garnet in this composition is only 5-6% at 18 GPa [4]. Raman spectra for CaTiSiPv vary systematically with Ti content. This observation could have application for interpretation of spectra obtained in subsequent DA experiments on the stability of CaTiSiPv. The protolith of the cpx-ilm xenoliths does not exist as a single homogeneous Ti-rich silicate phase in the upper mantle. However, presence of a Ti-bearing phase in the lower mantle (LM) is inferred from crystals of CaSiPv and CaTiPv that occur in contact with each other in LM diamonds [5]. These were interpreted as reversion products, formed from CaSiPv and CaTiPv solid solution during ascent in kimberlite magma of at P < 9 GPa [2]. However, following [2] these phases must have existed as a single phase at higher pressure. Using the mean composition of CaTiSiPv produced in our experiments, we calculated that this solid solution is likely to involve 0.7 CaSiPv and 0.3 CaTiPv. Ti-rich SiPv in the LM phase may explain the "hidden" low Lu/Hf reservoir required by unradiogenic Hf isotopic compositions in kimberlites and carbonatites [6,7]. [1] Ringwood & Lovering (1970) EPSL,7, 371. [2] Kubo et al., (1997) PCM 24: 488

  8. Subduction-related origin of eclogite xenoliths from the Wajrakarur kimberlite field, Eastern Dharwar craton, Southern India: Constraints from petrology and geochemistry

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    Dongre, A. N.; Jacob, D. E.; Stern, R. A.

    2015-10-01

    Major and trace elements as well as the first oxygen isotopes are reported on eclogite xenoliths from the Mesoproterozoic KL2 and P3 kimberlite pipes of the Wajrakarur kimberlite field, Eastern Dharwar craton, Southern India. Garnets in kyanite-bearing samples are rich in grossular, whereas they are predominantly pyrope-almandines in the bimineralic (kyanite-free) samples. The kyanite eclogite from the P3 pipe is more Mg-rich than those from KL2 pipe. Equilibration temperatures indicate derivation from 4.5 to 5.3 GPa and 1060 to 1220 °C for the KL2 samples and 3.6 GPa, 918 °C for the P3 sample. Garnet rare earth element patterns show two characteristic types, one with relatively low and flat heavy rare earth element patterns: Wajrakarur Group 1 and a second with lower light to heavy rare earth element ratios: Wajrakarur Group 2. Most samples in Wajrakarur Group 1 show pronounced positive Eu anomalies in garnet and positive Eu and Sr anomalies in the reconstructed whole rock trace element patterns; these are among the strongest anomalies in eclogite xenoliths worldwide. In contrast, Wajrakarur Group 2 samples show only subtle positive Eu anomalies. Oxygen isotopic ratios of garnets range between +5.3‰ and +7.8‰ δ18O. This range extends significantly beyond the range for unchanged mantle. Similar to many other eclogite suites worldwide, the Wajrakarur Group 1 and Group 2 eclogite suites shows evidence for an origin as crustal gabbroic material, likely once part of the oceanic crust, which was subducted and imbricated under the Eastern Dharwar craton. Their surface origin therefore lends support to geodynamic models that favor amalgamation of the Dharwar craton by subduction.

  9. Eclogite xenoliths from the Lace kimberlite, Kaapvaal craton: From convecting mantle source to palaeo-ocean floor and back

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    Aulbach, S.; Viljoen, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    Major- and trace-element compositions of eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths of ≥2.5 Ga age (in situ Pb-Pb data on clinopyroxene) from the Lace kimberlite on the Kaapvaal craton were investigated in order to constrain: (1) the nature and evolution of their protoliths; (2) the extent to which they preserve information on the state of the asthenospheric mantle source that gave rise to their low-pressure protoliths; and (3) the effect of their deep recycling on the radiogenic isotope evolution of the convecting mantle. Their elemental relationships are consistent with low-pressure fractionation of olivine ± plagioclase and clinopyroxene during oceanic crust formation, whereby the residual melt was enriched in rare-earth elements (REE), high field-strength elements and Y, producing inverse correlations of ΣREE with the size of Eu- and Sr-anomalies. LREE-depletion may indicate loss of on average 20% of a partial melt upon subduction and metamorphism (eclogitisation) of oceanic crust, which did not, however, contribute to juvenile growth of continental crust. The eclogites have median Sm/Nd (0.40) and Lu/Hf (0.27) similar to Depleted Mantle, and lower U/Pb (0.02) and Th/Pb (0.02). If deeply subducted, these rocks cannot explain unradiogenic Nd and Hf, and radiogenic Pb isotope compositions in the sources of some modern ocean island basalts. Low incompatible trace-element contents similar to picrites, and Yb concentrations at a given TiO2 content similar to modern MORB, indicate derivation of the protoliths by average melt fractions of ∼ 0.20- 0.25 that left a spinel peridotite residue at pressures ≤2.5 to 3.0 GPa. This shallow intersection of the peridotite solidus suggests moderate Archaean ambient mantle potential temperatures of ≤1420 to 1470 °C. Samples filtered for clinopyroxene fractionation and metasomatism have V/Sc (4.7 ± 1.2; n = 11) indicating lower fO2 (-1.9 relative to the fayalite-magnetite-quartz buffer = ΔFMQ) than modern MORB. This is in part

  10. Megacrysts and xenoliths in kimberlite, Elliott County, Kentucky: A mantle sample from beneath the Permian Appalachian Plateau

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    Garrison, James R.; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    1980-12-01

    Two kimberlite pipes in Elliott County contain rare ultramafic xenoliths and abundant megacrysts of olivine (Fo85 93), garnet (0.21 9.07% Cr2O3), picroilmenite, phlogopite, Cr-poor clinopyroxene (0.56 0.88% Cr2O3), and Cr-poor orthopyroxene (<0.03 0.34% Cr2O3) in a matrix of olivine (Fo88 92), picroilmenite, Cr-spinel, magnetite, perovskite, pyrrhotite, calcite, and hydrous silicates. Rare clinopyroxene-ilmenite intergrowths also occur. Garnets show correlation of mg (0.79 0.86) and CaO (4.54 7.10%) with Cr2O3 content; the more Mg-rich garnets have more uvarovite in solution. Clinopyroxene megacrysts show a general decrease in Cr2O3 and increase in TiO2 (0.38 0.56%) with decreasing mg (0.87 0.91). Clinopyroxene megacrysts are more Cr-rich than clinopyroxene in clinopyroxene-ilmenite intergrowths (0.06 0.38% Cr2O3) and less Cr-rich than peridotite clinopyroxenes (1.39 1.46% Cr2O3). Orthopyroxene megacrysts and orthopyroxene inclusions in olivine megacrysts form two populations: high-Ca, high-Al (1.09 1.16% CaO and 1.16 1.18% Al2O3) and low-Ca, low-Al (0.35 0.46% CaO and 0.67 0.74% Al2O3). Three orthopyroxenes belonging to a low-Ca subgroup of the high-Ca, high-Al group were also identified (0.86 0.98% CaO and 0.95 1.01% Al2O3). The high-Ca, high-Al group (Group I) has lower mg (0.88 0.90) than low-Ca, low-Al group (Group II) with mg=0.92 0.93; low mg orthopyroxenes (Group Ia) have lower Cr2O3 and higher TiO2 than high mg orthopyroxenes (Group II). The orthopyroxene megacrysts have lower Cr2O3 than peridotite orthopyroxenes (0.46 0.57% Cr2O3). Diopside solvus temperatures indicate equilibration of clinopyroxene megacrysts at 1,165° 1,390° C and 1,295° 1,335° C for clinopyroxene in clinopyroxene-ilmenite intergrowths. P-T estimates for orthopyroxene megacrysts are bimodal: high-Ca, high-Al (Group I) orthopyroxenes equilibrated at 1,165° 1,255° C and 51 53 kb (± 5kb) and the low-Ca, low-Al (Group II) orthopyroxenes equilibrated at 970° 1,020°C and 46 56 kb (

  11. New Data From a new Craton : N- and C-Isotopes in Diamonds From the Panda Kimberlite (Canada).

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    Cartigny, P.; Harris, J. W.; Javoy, M.

    2002-05-01

    \\delta{13}C \\delta{15}N and N content analyses of 87 known-parageneses diamonds from the Panda mine have been carried out. Seventy-five, 8 and 4 samples belong to the peridotitic, eclogitic and lower-mantle paragenesis respectively. Peridotitic diamonds have a mean \\delta{13}C-value of -5.2 \\permil and range from -6.9 to -3.0 \\permil, with one single extreme value at -14.1 \\permil. Their associated \\delta{15}N values range from -17.0 to +8.5 \\permil for a mean value of -4.0 \\permil. Their N contents range from 0 to 1280 ppm. Eclogitic diamonds have \\delta{13}C-values ranging from -11.2 to -4.4 \\permil with one single extreme value at -19.4 \\permil. Their \\delta{15}N range from -2.1 to +7.9 \\permil and N contents from 0 to 3452 ppm. Lower mantle diamonds are all Type II (nitrogen-free) and contained within a narrow \\delta{13}C-interval of 1 per mil from -4.5 to -3.5 \\permil; these latter values being thus very similar to previous data from other localities. The present dataset shows very strong similarities with results obtained previously. For example, the mode of the \\delta{13}C distribution is strikingly similar to samples suites from yakutian or south-african kimberlites. The study of N-isotopes in peridotitic diamonds which remain limited geographically to the sino-korean and south-african cratons is now extended to a new craton. By showing a similar \\delta{15}N-range and mean value, the present results the {15}N depleted character of the sublithospheric mantle relative to external reservoirs (atmosphere, crust, sediments) of the Earth. Moreover, very evident \\delta{13}C, \\delta{15}N and N-content similarities between eclogitic and peridotitic diamonds further supports the idea that eclogitic and peridotitic diamonds derive from a similar source and that two distinct sources are unlikely. However, one eclogitic diamond displaying a low \\delta{13}C value and high N content cannot be explained by the "fractionation processes" suggested

  12. In-situ Analysis of Diamonds and Their Mineral Inclusions From the Lynx Kimberlite Dyke Complex, Central Quebec

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    van Rythoven, A.; McCandless, T. E.; Schulze, D. J.; Bellis, A.; Taylor, L. A.; Liu, Y.

    2009-05-01

    Twenty diamonds from the 522 Ma Lynx kimberlite dyke complex were selected from 442 stones in the 1.47- 3.45mm (+3 to +11 DTC) sieve class on the basis of visible inclusions. The 442 diamonds are part of a larger population of 6598 stones produced from 34 t and 494 t bulk samples taken in 2005 and 2007, respectively. The twenty diamonds all have octahedral primary growth forms. Three macles occur, as does one example of two intergrown octahedra connected along their {111} faces. Two samples are coarse intergrowths of octahedra. Most of the diamonds display a significant degree of resorption and range from octahedra with rounded corners and edges to tetrahexahedroida. Shield and serrate laminae, and hillocks are the most common resorption-related surface features. Nineteen of the samples have light brown to brown colouration. After their external morphology was examined, the diamonds were cut and polished along a single plane to expose included mineral grains for compositional analysis and to image internal structure. Cathodoluminescence imaging reveals deformation lamellae in the majority of the diamonds. A subset of these stones show deformation lamellae truncated by growth/resorption zones and in some cases intersection of planes of different orientation. Oscillatory planar growth patterns are the most common. However, examples of simple homogeneous, complex planar, and complex undulating growth zones occur. Inclusions, particularly olivine, typically occur in core/early growth regions of the diamonds. Of the twenty diamonds, sixteen have primary inclusions. The inclusion suite is largely peridotitic. Seventeen forsteritic olivine inclusions occur in ten diamonds and have molar Mg/(Mg+Fe)= 0.916-0.933. Seven Cr-diopside inclusions occur in one diamond (2.2-2.3 wt. % Cr2O3). Four Cr-pyropes (Cr/(Cr+Al) = 0.28-0.41) occur in three diamonds. Two enstatite inclusions (Mg/(Mg+Fe) = 0.938-0.94) occur in two diamonds. One heterogeneous inclusion of monosulfide solid

  13. Post-Archean formation of the lithospheric mantle in the central Siberian craton: Re-Os and PGE study of peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite

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    Ionov, Dmitri A.; Doucet, Luc S.; Carlson, Richard W.; Golovin, Alexander V.; Korsakov, Andrey V.

    2015-09-01

    The formation age of the Siberian cratonic mantle is not well established. Re-Os data on various mantle-derived materials brought up by kimberlite magmas have shown that it contains Archean components, but the reported ages range broadly (3.4 to <1 Ga). We report Re-Os isotope and PGE concentration data for a suite of 29 fresh, well-characterized xenoliths from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite representing all major peridotite rock types and a large part of the cratonic mantle profile. Several xenoliths with very low Os contents (<0.3 ppb) and/or high Re/Os ratios are not suitable for age estimates. The Os (and Ir) depletions are common in cpx-bearing spinel harzburgites and coarse garnet harzburgites, but are not found in deformed, high-T peridotites. Twenty refractory (Al2O3 0.1-1.6%) peridotites yield TRD ages from 0.9 to 2.2 Ga. TRD for a subset of six high-Mg# (0.92-0.93), low-T (⩽930 °C) spinel harzburgites and a single garnet harzburgite yield a narrow range from 2.0 to 2.2 Ga with an average of 2.1 ± 0.1 Ga, which we consider the best estimate for the age of the melting event that initially formed the lithospheric mantle beneath Udachnaya. The TRD estimates for less refractory (Mg# 0.907-0.919) deformed garnet peridotites show a greater range and are generally lower (0.9-2.0 Ga; average 1.54 ± 0.28 Ga) apparently due to the effects of melt metasomatism on the initial melting residues. The predominant part of the mantle in the central Siberian craton formed in the Paleoproterozoic and not in the Archean, unlike cratons in southern Africa and North America. Minor older components reported earlier from Udachnaya may be fragments of pre-existing lithosphere trapped during stacking of melting residues formed about 2 Ga ago. We argue that the formation of cratonic lithospheric mantle, with common high-Mg# (⩾0.92) and opx-enriched peridotites, was not limited to the Archean as previously thought, but continued in the Paleoproterozoic, i.e. that asthenospheric

  14. The age and history of the lithospheric mantle of the Siberian craton: Re-Os and PGE study of peridotite xenoliths from the Obnazhennaya kimberlite

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    Ionov, Dmitri A.; Carlson, Richard W.; Doucet, Luc S.; Golovin, Alexander V.; Oleinikov, Oleg B.

    2015-10-01

    The formation age of the lithospheric mantle of the Siberian craton (one of the largest on Earth) is not well established; nearly all published whole-rock Re-Os data are for mantle xenoliths from a single kimberlite in the center of the craton (Udachnaya). We report Re-Os isotope and PGE concentration data for 19 spinel and garnet peridotite xenoliths from the Obnazhennaya kimberlite in the northeastern portion of the craton. Most samples in this study, and many Obnazhennaya peridotites in general, show a combination of relatively low Al2O3 (0.1-2%) with high CaO (1.4-4%) concentrations. Only four dunites and harzburgites in our sample suite have low contents of both Al2O3 and CaO (0.1-0.8%), but their relatively low Mg# (0.888-0.919) and highly variable Os concentrations (0.6-35 ppb) suggest they may have formed in melt migration channels rather than as residues of partial melt extraction. A group of six Ca-rich (2.0-3.2% CaO) peridotites yields the highest Re-Os model ages (mean TRD = 2.8 Ga, mean TMA = 3.5 Ga). Eight peridotites with low to moderate Al2O3 (<2%) and Mg# ≥0.91, including three low-Ca harzburgites, yield lower Re-Os model ages (mean TRD = 1.9 Ga, mean TMA = 2.2 Ga). The remainder of the samples may not yield meaningful TRD ages because they are not refractory (Al2O3 >2.6% and/or Mg# ≤0.90). We interpret these results as evidence for a two-stage formation of the lithospheric mantle. The peridotites formed at the two stages show very similar chemical compositions. The enrichment in Ca, which we attribute to widespread post-melting metasomatism by carbonate-rich melts, may have taken place either at the end of the Archean melting event, when at least one Ca-Al-rich peridotite was formed, or later. The combined Re-Os age data on xenoliths from Obnazhennaya and Udachnaya suggest that the lithospheric mantle beneath the Siberian craton was not formed in a single event, but grew in at least two events, one in the late Archean and the other in the

  15. 40Ar/ 39Ar-ages of phlogopite in mantle xenoliths from South African kimberlites: Evidence for metasomatic mantle impregnation during the Kibaran orogenic cycle

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    Hopp, Jens; Trieloff, M.; Brey, G. P.; Woodland, A. B.; Simon, N. S. C.; Wijbrans, J. R.; Siebel, W.; Reitter, E.

    2008-12-01

    We applied the 40Ar/ 39Ar dating method to an extensive suite of phlogopites from kimberlite-hosted mantle xenoliths (dominantly garnet bearing) from the mines of Bultfontein (South Africa), Letseng-la-Terae and Liqhobong (Lesotho). Argon extraction was performed by conventional high resolution stepwise heating technique, laser incremental heating technique and laser spot analysis. All age spectra obtained by conventional analysis indicate various degrees of 40Ar loss during kimberlite emplacement, but never resulted in a total reset of the argon system. Most intriguingly, the sample-specific maximum apparent ages cluster between 1.0 and 1.22 Ga for the phlogopites with the least disturbed age spectra. A maximum apparent age of 1.02 Ga was observed during laser heating analysis. Individual grains tend to yield older ages in their cores, with successively younger ages at their rims. The range in age obtained via the laser fusion technique and with conventional stepwise heating technique agrees with each other, as well as with literature data. The often inferred presence of excess 40Ar in those phlogopites cannot explain the coherent age pattern in the large suite of samples. Hence, the age constraint of 1.0-1.25 Ga is regarded as geologically meaningful and assigned to metasomatism of the local cratonic mantle during the advent of Kibaran orogenesis (1.00-1.25 Ga). The major consequences of our findings are: (i) The argon system of phlogopite can remain closed for long time scales, even at ambient temperatures of 800-1200 °C within the mantle, most likely because the solid/solid partitioning behaviour of Ar between phlogopite and other major phases in the mantle strongly favours phlogopite, or because conventionally inferred diffusivity of argon in phlogopite is seriously overestimated. Thus, the 40Ar/ 39Ar phlogopite system appears to be a valuable tool for deciphering ancient metasomatic events affecting the lithospheric mantle. (ii) The cratonic lithospheric

  16. Relationships between oxygen fugacity and metasomatism in the Kaapvaal subcratonic mantle, represented by garnet peridotite xenoliths in the Wesselton kimberlite, South Africa

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    Hanger, Brendan J.; Yaxley, Gregory M.; Berry, Andrew J.; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.

    2015-01-01

    A suite of 12 peridotite xenoliths from the Wesselton kimberlite was studied and found to sample the subcratonic lithospheric mantle over a pressure range from 3.6 to 4.7 GPa and a temperature range of 880 to 1120 °C. Major, minor and trace element compositions indicate that both metasomatised and un-metasomatised samples are present over this pressure range. Fe3 +/∑ Fe in garnet from four xenoliths was determined using Fe K-edge XANES spectroscopy, enabling the redox state of the sampled subcratonic mantle to be determined for three garnet bearing samples. ΔlogfO2[FMQ] varied from 0 to - 3.3 over the sampled pressure interval, with the un-metasomatised samples falling within the global trend of decreasing ΔlogfO2[FMQ] with increasing depth. Superimposed on this was an oxidation trend, at higher pressures (≥ 4.5 GPa), with ΔlogfO2 increasing by 1.5 to 2 units in the metasomatically enriched samples, indicating a clear link between metasomatism and oxidation. One potential source of this oxidation is a carbonated silicate melt, which will increase in carbonate content as ΔlogfO2 increases. Mantle minerals affected by such a melt have the potential to shift from the field of diamond stability into that of carbonate, threatening the stability of diamond.

  17. Magnetic signatures recorded in rocks and trees located inside the Tunguska blast 100 years ago, implications for Mirror Matter, Comet, and Kimberlitic Pipe explosion hypotheses

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    Kletetschka, G.

    2008-12-01

    Hundred years ago an unknown object impacted in Siberia, Tunguska region and created a seismic signature 100-1000 times stronger that the Hiroshima explosion. To this day, nothing has been found to suggest a foreign material (e.g. meteoritic) dispersion during this event. Various hypotheses were put forward, for example: Comet impact, Kimberlite Pipe explosion, and Mirror Matter interaction with the regular matter. We collected samples of black chert, conglomerate and wood from 5 different locations within 2 km from the epicenter. We used these samples for magnetic analysis and searched for any evidence of magnetic contamination that may date the Tunguska blast. All samples, wood, chert, and conglomerate showed sufficient content of magnetic material that should be capable of recording strong magnetic pulse. Our analysis shows no evidence of magnetic enhancement recorded in any of the three types (Chert, wood and conglomerate) of Tunguska samples. We will discuss this result in terms of three possible hypotheses of the created the Tunguska event.

  18. A Lower Mantle Origin for Megacryst Suite Pyroxene-Ilmenite Xenoliths in Kimberlites: High-Pressure Experimental Constraints and Geodynamic Significance

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    Collerson, K. D.; Terasaki, H.; Ohtani, E.; Suzuki, A.; Kondo, T.

    2004-12-01

    Megacryst suite xenoliths (MSX's) in kimberlites, alnoites and alkali basalts are an important and poorly understood association. MSX's comprise medium- to coarse-grained monomineralic, or rare, multi-grain aggregates of low Cr, high Ti-Na pyrope, Mg ilmenite, sub-calcic pyroxene, Fo85±3 olivine, orthopyroxene and zircon. Some MSX's exceed 30 cm in diameter. They are interpreted to form by fractional crystallization from their host magma, near the base of the lithosphere [1-2]. However, majorite, and other high-pressure phases in some garnetite MSX's, indicates a mantle transition zone (TZ) origin [3]. A sub-lithospheric, deeply subducted slab source is also supported by Hf isotopic data [4]. A common member of the MSX suite, are graphic intergrowths of pyroxene and Mg-ilmenite interpreted to reflect cotectic, or non-equilibrium crystallization [5-6] from the kimberlite magma. However, Pb isotopic data for Monastery [7], and Namibian [8] megacrysts shows that MSX's and their host magmas are unrelated. Thus the mineralogy of the Ti-rich px-ilm MSX's needs to be determined at TZ and higher P. We have conducted multi-anvil (MA) and diamond anvil (DA) experiments on natural px-ilm xenoliths from Monastery and Malaita with different TiO2 contents (17% and 12%), in an attempt to synthesize the pre-exsolution phase. MA experiments were carried out on both starting compositions at 18 and 21 GPa, at 1800° C and 2100° C. None of the experiments yielded a single phase. Phases identified (EPMA, Raman & XRD) include: majorite, Si-rich ilmenite and Ca-Si-Ti Pv. At 21 GPa and 2100° C wadsleyite formed part of the assemblage, and melt was locally developed. Majorite is the most abundant phase in all experiments. Maximum majorite TiO2 occurs at 18 GPa (i.e., 5.4% - Malaita and 6.2% - Monastery). In the lower Ti Malaita composition, at 25 GPa and 1800° C, the assemblage is dominated by almost equal amounts of majorite (TiO2 1.3% to 2.1%) and Ca-Si-Ti Pv, with a small amount of

  19. Application of Fe K-edge XANES determinations of Fe3+/totalFe in garnet to peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya Kimberlite

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    Yaxley, G. M.; Berry, A. J.; Woodland, A. B.; Kamenetsky, V. S.; Paterson, D.; de Jonge, M. D.; Howard, D. L.

    2012-04-01

    The garnet structure can accommodate both Fe2+ and Fe3+. Garnet Fe3+/∑Fe in kimberlite-bourne garnet peridotite xenoliths can be used to determine the oxygen fugacity (fO2) of the cratonic lithosphere. This is important as an indicator of diamond (versus carbonate) stability. In cratonic lithosphere the ƒO2 of peridotite is expected to broadly decrease with increasing depth, and is consistent with graphite or diamond stability. However metasomatic events may locally perturb this trend, possibly leading to oxidation that could result in diamond breakdown or resorption. Such events will usually be recorded by the coexisting garnet. Fe3+/∑Fe of garnets has traditionally been determined by Mössbauer Spectroscopy of powdered samples. This lacks spatial resolution and the data for each measurement take several days to acquire. X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) spectroscopy is now commonly being used to determine Fe3+/∑Fe in minerals, is capable of micron spatial resolution and spectra can be recorded in ~15 minutes. We have recently reported a new method for quantifying Fe3+/∑Fe from the XANES spectra of mantle garnets with an accuracy and precision comparable to Mössbauer Spectroscopy. We applied the XANES technique to investigate the ƒO2-depth variation in the Siberian Craton using a suite of fresh garnet lherzolites from the Udachnaya East kimberlite. Garnet Fe3+/∑Fe was detemined using XANES spectroscopy on the X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy beamline of the Australian Synchrotron. XANES spectra were recorded in fluorescence mode from garnets prepared as either polished thin sections or electron probe mounts. A calibration curve relating the spectra to Fe3+/∑Fe of mantle garnets previously analysed by Mössbauer spectroscopy allowed garnet unknowns to be quantified. Thermobarometry established that the samples range in pressure from 3.9-7.1 GPa and lie along a typical cratonic geotherm. Several samples exhibit elevated abundances of Ti, Zr

  20. Erosion patterns and mantle sources of topographic change across the southern African Plateau derived from the shallow and deep records of kimberlites

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    Stanley, Jessica R.; Flowers, Rebecca M.; Bell, David R.

    2015-09-01

    Flow in the sublithospheric mantle is increasingly invoked as a mechanism to explain both modern and past surface topography, but the importance of this phenomenon and its influence at different localities are debated. Southern Africa is an elevated continental shield proposed to represent dynamically supported topography. However, this region is also characterized by a complex lithospheric architecture variably affected by Cretaceous heating, thinning, and metasomatic alteration. We used apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry on 15 Cretaceous kimberlites from an ˜600 km long transect across the Kaapvaal Craton, combined with information from xenoliths in these pipes, to determine the plateau interior erosion history. The goal was to determine the relationships with lithospheric modification patterns and thereby better isolate the sublithospheric contribution to elevation. The results document a wave of erosion from west to east across the craton from ˜120 to <60 Ma, initially focused along paleorivers and then retreating as a scarp across the landscape. This spatially variable erosion event was associated with limited modification of the Archean cratonic lithospheric mantle as recorded by mantle xenoliths and xenocrysts, implying that dynamic buoyancy sources may be required to explain the elevations. In contrast, off-craton to the southwest, a more pronounced regional erosion phase at ˜110-90 Ma was coincident with significant modification of the Proterozoic lithospheric mantle. This relationship suggests that lithospheric processes were more important contributors to erosion and topographic change off-craton than on-craton. Together, these results suggest that lithospheric architecture can have an important control on the surface expression of mantle dynamics.

  1. Structural analysis and implicit 3D modelling of high-grade host rocks to the Venetia kimberlite diatremes, Central Zone, Limpopo Belt, South Africa

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    Basson, I. J.; Creus, P. K.; Anthonissen, C. J.; Stoch, B.; Ekkerd, J.

    2016-05-01

    The Beit Bridge Complex of the Central Zone (CZ) of the Limpopo Belt hosts the 519 ± 6 Ma Venetia kimberlite diatremes. Deformed shelf- or platform-type supracrustal sequences include the Mount Dowe, Malala Drift and Gumbu Groups, comprising quartzofeldspathic units, biotite-bearing gneiss, quartzite, metapelite, metacalcsilicate and ortho- and para-amphibolite. Previous studies define tectonometamorphic events at 3.3-3.1 Ga, 2.7-2.5 Ga and 2.04 Ga. Detailed structural mapping over 10 years highlights four deformation events at Venetia. Rules-based implicit 3D modelling in Leapfrog Geo™ provides an unprecedented insight into CZ ductile deformation and sheath folding. D1 juxtaposed gneisses against metasediments. D2 produced a pervasive axial planar foliation (S2) to isoclinal F2 folds. Sheared lithological contacts and S2 were refolded into regional, open, predominantly southward-verging, E-W trending F3 folds. Intrusion of a hornblendite protolith occurred at high angles to incipient S2. Constrictional-prolate D4 shows moderately NE-plunging azimuths defined by elongated hornblendite lenses, andalusite crystals in metapelite, crenulations in fuchsitic quartzite and sheath folding. D4 overlaps with a: 1) 2.03-2.01 Ga regional M3 metamorphic overprint; b) transpressional deformation at 2.2-1.9 Ga and c) 2.03 Ga transpressional, dextral shearing and thrusting around the CZ and d) formation of the Avoca, Bellavue and Baklykraal sheath folds and parallel lineations.

  2. A subduction wedge origin for Paleoarchean peridotitic diamonds and harzburgites from the Panda kimberlite, Slave craton: evidence from Re-Os isotope systematics

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    Westerlund, K. J.; Shirey, S. B.; Richardson, S. H.; Carlson, R. W.; Gurney, J. J.; Harris, J. W.

    2006-09-01

    An extensive study of peridotitic sulfide inclusion bearing diamonds and their prospective harzburgitic host rocks from the 53 Ma Panda kimberlite pipe, Ekati Mine, NWT Canada, has been undertaken with the Re-Os system to establish their age and petrogenesis. Diamonds with peridotitic sulfide inclusions have poorly aggregated nitrogen (<30% N as B centers) at N contents of 200-800 ppm which differs from that of chromite and silicate bearing diamonds and indicates residence in the cooler portion of the Slave craton lithospheric mantle. For most of the sulfide inclusions, relatively low Re contents (average 0.457 ppm) and high Os contents (average 339 ppm) lead to extremely low 187Re/188Os, typically << 0.05. An age of 3.52 ± 0.17 Ga (MSWD = 0.46) and a precise initial 187Os/188Os of 0.1093 ± 0.0001 are given by a single regression of 11 inclusions from five diamonds that individually provide coincident internal isochrons. This initial Os isotopic composition is 6% enriched in 187Os over 3.5 Ga chondritic or primitive mantle. Sulfide inclusions with less radiogenic initial Os isotopic compositions reflect isotopic heterogeneity in diamond forming fluids. The harzburgites have even lower initial 187Os/188Os than the sulfide inclusions, some approaching the isotopic composition of 3.5 Ga chondritic mantle. In several cases isotopically distinct sulfides occur in different growth zones of the same diamond. This supports a model where C-O-H-S fluids carrying a radiogenic Os signature were introduced into depleted harzburgite and produced diamonds containing sulfides conforming to the 3.5 Ga isochron. Reaction of this fluid with harzburgite led to diamonds with less radiogenic inclusions while elevating the Os isotope ratios of some harzburgites. Subduction is a viable way of introducing such fluids. This implies a role for subduction in creating early continental nuclei at 3.5 Ga and generating peridotitic diamonds.

  3. A mantle origin for Paleoarchean peridotitic diamonds from the Panda kimberlite, Slave Craton: Evidence from 13C-, 15N- and 33,34S-stable isotope systematics

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    Cartigny, Pierre; Farquhar, James; Thomassot, Emilie; Harris, Jeffrey W.; Wing, Bozwell; Masterson, Andy; McKeegan, Kevin; Stachel, Thomas

    2009-11-01

    In order to address diamond formation and origin in the lithospheric mantle underlying the Central Slave Craton, we report N- and C-stable isotopic compositions and N-contents and aggregation states for 85 diamonds of known paragenesis (73 peridotitic, 8 eclogitic and 4 from lower mantle) from the Panda kimberlite (Ekati Mine, Lac de Gras Area, Canada). For 12 peridotitic and two eclogitic sulfide inclusion-bearing diamonds from this sample set, we also report multiple-sulfur isotope ratios. The 73 peridotitic diamonds have a mean δ13C-value of - 5.2‰ and range from - 6.9 to - 3.0‰, with one extreme value at - 14.1‰. The associated δ15N-values range from - 17.0 to + 8.5‰ with a mean value of - 4.0‰. N-contents range from 0 to 1280 ppm. The 8 eclogitic diamonds have δ13C-values ranging from - 11.2 to - 4.4‰ with one extreme value at - 19.4‰. Their δ15N ranges from - 2.1 to + 7.9‰ and N-contents fall between 0 and 3452 ppm. Four diamonds with an inferred lower mantle origin are all Type II (i.e. nitrogen-free) and have a narrow range of δ13C values, between - 4.5 and - 3.5‰. The δ34S of the 14 analyzed peridotitic and eclogitic sulfide inclusions ranges from - 3.5 to +5.7‰. None of them provide evidence for anomalous δ33S-values; observed variations in δ33S are from +0.19 to - 0.33‰, i.e. within the 2 sigma uncertainties of mantle sulfur ( δ33S = 0‰). At Panda, the N contents and the δ13C of sulfide-bearing peridotitic diamonds show narrower ranges than silicate-bearing peridotitic diamonds. This evidence supports the earlier suggestion established from eclogitic diamonds from the Kaapvaal that sulfide-(±silicate) bearing diamonds sample a more restricted portion of sublithospheric mantle than silicate-(no sulfide) bearing diamonds. Our findings at Panda suggest that sulfide-bearing diamonds should be considered as a specific diamond population on a global-scale. Based on our study of δ34S, Δ 33S, δ15N and δ13C, we find no

  4. Thermal state, oxygen fugacity and COH fluid speciation in cratonic lithospheric mantle: New data on peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite, Siberia

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    Goncharov, A. G.; Ionov, D. A.; Doucet, L. S.; Pokhilenko, L. N.

    2012-12-01

    Oxygen fugacity (fO2) and temperature variations in a complete lithospheric mantle section (70-220 km) of the central Siberian craton are estimated based on 42 peridotite xenoliths in the Udachnaya kimberlite. Pressure and temperature (P-T) estimates for the 70-140 km depth range closely follow the 40 mW/m2 model conductive geotherm but show a bimodal distribution at greater depths. A subset of coarse garnet peridotites at 145-180 km plots near the "cold" 35 mW/m2 geotherm whereas the majority of coarse and sheared rocks at ≥145 km scatter between the 40 and 45 mW/m2 geotherms. This P-T profile may reflect a perturbation of an initially "cold" lithospheric mantle through a combination of (1) magmatic under-plating close to the crust-mantle boundary and (2) intrusion of melts/fluids in the lower lithosphere accompanied by shearing. fO2 values estimated from Fe3+/∑Fe in spinel and/or garnet obtained by Mössbauer spectroscopy decrease from +1 to -4 Δlog fO2 (FMQ) from the top to the bottom of the lithospheric mantle (˜0.25 log units per 10 km) due to pressure effects on Fe2+-Fe3+ equilibria in garnet. Garnet peridotites from Udachnaya appear to be more oxidized than those from the Kaapvaal craton but show fO2 distribution with depth similar to those in the Slave craton. Published fO2 estimates for Udachnaya xenoliths based on C-O-H fluid speciation in inclusions in minerals from gas chromatography are similar to our results at ≤120 km, but are 1-2 orders of magnitude higher for the deeper mantle, possibly due to uncertainties of fO2 estimates based on experimental calibrations at ≤3.5 GPa. Sheared peridotites containing garnets with u-shaped, sinusoidal and humped REE patterns are usually more oxidized than Yb, Lu-rich, melt-equilibrated garnets, which show a continuous decrease from heavy to light REE. This further indicates that mantle redox state may be related to sources and modes of metasomatism.

  5. Mantle Evolution Beneath The Colorado Palteau: Interpreta-tion of The Study of Mineral Concentrate From Kimberlite Pipe Kl-1 Colorado.

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    Ashchepkov, I.; Vladykin, N.; Mitchell, R.; Coopersmith, H.; Garanin, V.; Saprykin, A. I.; Khmelnikova, O. S.

    Mineral grains and their intergrowth from the concentrate form the KL1- kimberlite pipe Colorado plateau was analyzed by EPMA and LAM ICP MS in Analytic Center of UIGGM. Garnets reveal nearly continuous trend of the compositions divided into 5 intervals. 1 cumulates from the crust and Sp facie mantle; 2. Gar-Sp lherzolites; 3- Gar- wehrlites, lherzolites and harzburgites; 4- Gar lherzolites and harzburgites; 4. Pyroxenites and Il peri-dotites . They reveal three trend of Ti decrease with the ris- ing Cr content. Those in the inter-growth with the pyroxenes are less in Tio2 as well as the pyroxenes. Discrete large Cpx grains are richer in Na, Al, Cr. TP conditions determined for the clinopyroxenes with Nimis- Taylor, 2001 thermobarometer and barometer Ashchepkov, 2001 reveal the heating from 35 to 40-42 mv/m2 in 30-50kbar interval. The spinels show two compositional intervals 64-50% Cr2O3 and 47-30%. The branch with the essential enrichment to 8% TiO2with the Cr decrease what also suppose the peridotite alteration due to rising of evolving Ti-rich melts. Two descend- ing crystallization lines for the ilmenites suggest the (polybaric) differentiation in two magmatic chambers. The Cr-rich ilmenites and most Cr-rich subcalcis garnets were found in the serpentinized ilmenite harzburgites that probably surround the most deep mag-matic chamber. The Ilm -Q (coesite) intergrowth suggests the deep differenti- ation. Several ilmenites contain up to 11%MnO. Trace elements determined for the clinopyroxenes suppose small decree melting possibly under influence of subducted- related melts having definite U peak and Ta-Nb minimums. Their reaction with peri- dotites with garnet dissolution according to AFC model decrease La/Ybn ration as well as the Pb* and U peak. Two stages of the Ti-rich melt percolations suggested to be accompanied the plum- re-lated melts influence on the peridotite of Wyoming craton keel which was followed with fur-ther followed by submelting of the subducted

  6. Investigating metasomatic effects on the 187Os isotopic signature: A case study on micrometric base metal sulphides in metasomatised peridotite from the Letlhakane kimberlite (Botswana)

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    Wainwright, A. N.; Luguet, A.; Fonseca, R. O. C.; Pearson, D. G.

    2015-09-01

    The peridotite xenoliths of the Letlhakane kimberlite (Botswana), which intrude the Proterozoic Magondi Belt on the western margin of the Zimbabwe craton, represent highly depleted melting residues. These residues suffered subsequent variable metasomatic overprinting, evidenced by cryptic trace element enrichments in the spinel peridotites to modal addition of phlogopite, clinopyroxene and spinel within the garnet peridotites. In order to assess the robustness of the Re-Os chronometer in such highly metasomatised peridotites, detailed investigations of base metal sulphide (BMS) petrography and single-BMS grain 187Os/188Os analyses have been undertaken in three representative peridotites. The BMS occur as < 10 μm-50 μm inclusions and interstitial grains that are associated with metasomatic phases or metasomatised rims of primary silicates or display melt-like morphology, all attesting of their metasomatic origin. Their 187Os isotopic compositions vary from 0.1016 to 0.6109 yielding TRD ages from 3.75 ± 0.54 (2se) to future ones. They vary independently of the cryptic or modal silicate metasomatic overprinting on the peridotites and independently of the BMS-silicate textural habits (e.g. isolated inclusions, pseudo-inclusions, intergranular melt-like pools), contrary to what is commonly assumed. In such highly depleted peridotites that must have been sulphide-free after the partial melting event, the Eoarchean age is likely inherited from residual PGM (platinum group minerals; i.e. laurite and Os-alloys) that formed in response to the exhaustion of the primary BMS and were later redissolved within the metasomatic BMS. In contrast, the younger single grain TRD ages represents an increasing dilution of the residual PGM signals within the metasomatic BMS, with the single grain 187Os/188Os signatures becoming increasingly dominated by Os derived from metasomatic BMS. Taken as a whole, the single BMS grain Eoarchean age suggests a lithospheric stabilisation age in

  7. Lower-crustal xenoliths from Jurassic kimberlite diatremes, upper Michigan (USA): Evidence for Proterozoic orogenesis and plume magmatism in the lower crust of the southern Superior Province

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    Zartman, Robert E.; Kempton, Pamela D.; Paces, James B.; Downes, Hilary; Williams, Ian S.; Dobosi, Gábor; Futa, Kiyoto

    2013-01-01

    Jurassic kimberlites in the southern Superior Province in northern Michigan contain a variety of possible lower-crustal xenoliths, including mafic garnet granulites, rare garnet-free granulites, amphibolites and eclogites. Whole-rock major-element data for the granulites suggest affinities with tholeiitic basalts. P–T estimates for granulites indicate peak temperatures of 690–730°C and pressures of 9–12 kbar, consistent with seismic estimates of crustal thickness in the region. The granulites can be divided into two groups based on trace-element characteristics. Group 1 granulites have trace-element signatures similar to average Archean lower crust; they are light rare earth element (LREE)-enriched, with high La/Nb ratios and positive Pb anomalies. Most plot to the left of the geochron on a 206Pb/€204Pb vs 207Pb/€204Pb diagram, and there was probably widespread incorporation of Proterozoic to Archean components into the magmatic protoliths of these rocks. Although the age of the Group 1 granulites is not well constrained, their protoliths appear to be have been emplaced during the Mesoproterozoic and to be older than those for Group 2 granulites. Group 2 granulites are also LREE-enriched, but have strong positive Nb and Ta anomalies and low La/Nb ratios, suggesting intraplate magmatic affinities. They have trace-element characteristics similar to those of some Mid-Continent Rift (Keweenawan) basalts. They yield a Sm–Nd whole-rock errorchron age of 1046 ± 140 Ma, similar to that of Mid-Continent Rift plume magmatism. These granulites have unusually radiogenic Pb isotope compositions that plot above the 207Pb/€204Pb vs 206Pb/€204Pb growth curve and to the right of the 4·55 Ga geochron, and closely resemble the Pb isotope array defined by Mid-Continent Rift basalts. These Pb isotope data indicate that ancient continental lower crust is not uniformly depleted in U (and Th) relative to Pb. One granulite xenolith, S69-5, contains quartz, and has a

  8. Sulfur isotope composition of metasomatised mantle xenoliths from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa): Contribution from subducted sediments and the effect of sulfide alteration on S isotope systematics

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    Giuliani, Andrea; Fiorentini, Marco L.; Martin, Laure A. J.; Farquhar, James; Phillips, David; Griffin, William L.; LaFlamme, Crystal

    2016-07-01

    Sulfur isotopes are a powerful geochemical tracer in high-temperature processes, but have rarely been applied to the study of mantle metasomatism. In addition, there are very limited S isotope data on sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) material. For cratonic regions, these data are restricted to sulfide inclusions in diamonds. To provide new constraints on the S isotope composition of the SCLM and on the source(s) of mantle metasomatic fluids beneath the diamondiferous Kimberley region (South Africa), we investigated the S isotope systematics of five metasomatised mantle xenoliths from the Bultfontein kimberlite. Pentlandite and chalcopyrite in these xenoliths were analysed by in situ secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), with bulk-rock material measured by gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometry techniques. Based on previous studies, the xenoliths experienced different types of metasomatism to one another at distinct times (∼180 and ∼90-80 Ma). Contained pentlandite grains show variable alteration to heazlewoodite (i.e. Ni sulfide) + magnetite. The in situ S isotope analyses of pentlandite exhibit a relatively restricted range between -5.9 and - 1.4 ‰δ34 S (compared to VCDT), with no statistically meaningful differences between samples. Chalcopyrite only occurs in one sample and shows δ34 S values between -5.4 and - 1.0 ‰. The bulk-rock Ssulfide isotope analyses vary between -3.4 and + 0.8 ‰δ34 S. Importantly, the only sample hosting dominantly fresh sulfides shows a bulk-rock δ34 S value consistent with the mean value for the sulfides, whereas the other samples exhibit higher bulk 34S/32S ratios. The differences between bulk-rock and average in situδ34 S values are directly correlated with the degree of sulfide alteration. This evidence indicates that the elevated 34S/32S ratios in the bulk samples are not due to the introduction of heavy S (commonly as sulfates) and are best explained by isotopic fractionation coupled with the removal

  9. Chemical and U-Pb dating investigation of zircons from alnöites on Malaita, Solomon Islands: evidence for prolonged kimberlite-type magmatic activity

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    Simonetti, A.; Neal, C. R.

    2009-12-01

    alkaline, silica-undersaturated melts (e.g. carbonatites, kimberlites). In-situ U-Pb dating conducted by LA-ICP-MS analysis of 18 zircon crystals (n= 94 total analyses) investigated here indicate a range in weighted mean (WM) 206Pb/238U ages between ~35 and ~52 Ma. The zircons from the Aluta region define a range of WM 206Pb/238U ages between 34.9 ± 1.7 Ma and 45.1 ± 2.7 Ma (2σ), and correlate negatively with Zr/Hf ratios and total REE content. In contrast, the zircons from Kwainale define a uniform WM 206Pb/238U age spectrum yielding an age of 36.9 ± 0.6 Ma. The zircons from Faufaumela yield a range of WM 206Pb/238U dates from 38.1 ± 1.5 Ma to 51.9 ± 2.6 Ma, with the latter containing the lowest total REE content. The trace element compositions of the zircon crystals investigated here clearly indicate and support their mantle-derived origin, and their correlations with the age determinations (i.e. Aluta, Faufaumela zircons) suggest their progressive formation within an evolving mantle source region over a ~20 Ma interval. It is concluded that alnöite magmatism within the Ontong Java Plateau occurred over a prolonged period rather than a single event as previously suggested.

  10. The Local Structural State of Aluminosilicate Garnet Solid Solutions: An Investigation of Grospydite Garnet from the Roberts Victor Kimberlite Using Paramagnetically Shifted 27Al and 29Si MAS NMR Resonances

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    Geiger, C. A.; Palke, A. C.; Stebbins, J. F.

    2014-12-01

    Most rock-forming silicates are substitutional solid solutions. Over the years extensive research has been done to determine their structural and crystal chemical properties. Here, the distribution of cations, or order-disorder behavior, is of central importance. In the case of aluminosilicate garnet solid solutions (X3Al2Si3O12 with X = Mg, Fe2+, Mn2+ and Ca) it has been shown that both synthetic and natural crystals have random long-range X-cation disorder in space group Ia-3d, as given by X-ray single-crystal diffraction measurements. However, the structural state of natural garnets at the local scale is not known. Garnet from a grospydite xenolith from the Roberts Victor kimberlite, South Africa, was studied by 27Al and 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopy. The research thrust was placed on measuring and analyzing paramagnetically shifted resonances to determine the local (short range) structural state of the X-cations in a grossular-rich ternary aluminosilicate garnet solid solution. The garnet crystals are compositionally homogeneous based on microprobe analysis, showing no measurable zoning, and have the formula Grs46.7Prp30.0Alm23.3. The garnet is cubic with the standard garnet space group Ia-3d. The 27Al MAS NMR spectrum shows a very broad asymmetric resonance located between about 100 and -50 ppm. It consists of a number of individual overlapping paramagnetically shifted resonances, which are difficult to analyze quantitatively. The 29Si MAS NMR spectrum, showing better resolution, has two observable resonances termed S0 and S4. S0 is located between about -60 ppm and -160 ppm and S4 is centered at roughly 95 ppm. Both S0 and S4 are composite resonances in nature containing many overlapping individual peaks. S0 contains information on local cation configurations whereby an isolated SiO4 group in the garnet structure does not have an edge-shared Fe2+-containing dodecahedron. S4 involves local configurations where there is one edge-shared dodecahedron containing Fe2

  11. Brown diamonds from an eclogite xenolith from Udachnaya kimberlite, Yakutia, Russia.

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    Stepanov, Aleksandr S; Korsakov, Andrey V; Yuryeva, Olga P; Nadolinniy, Vladimir A; Perraki, Maria; De Gussem, Kris; Vandenabeele, Peter

    2011-10-01

    We have performed petrographic and spectroscopic studies of brown diamonds from an eclogite xenolith from the Udachnaya pipe (Yakutia, Russia). Brown diamonds are randomly intermixed with colorless ones in the rock and often located at the grain boundaries of clinopyroxene and garnet. Brown diamonds can be characterized by a set of defects (H4, N2D and a line at 490.7 nm) which are absent in colorless diamonds. This set of defects is typical for plastically deformed diamonds and indicates that diamonds were likely annealed for a relatively short period after deformation had occurred. Excitation of brown colored zones with a 632.8 nm He-Ne laser produced the typical diamond band plus two additional bands at 1730 cm(-1) and 3350 cm(-1). These spectral features are not genuine Raman bands, and can be attributed to photoluminescence at ∼710 nm (1.75 eV) and ∼802 nm (1.54 eV). No Raman peak corresponding to graphite was observed in regions of brown coloration. Comparison with previous reports of brown diamonds from eclogites showed our eclogitic sample to have a typical structure without signs of apparent deformation. Two mechanisms with regard to diamond deformation are proposed: deformation of eclogite by external forces followed by subsequent recrystallization of silicates or, alternatively, deformation by local stress arising due to decompression and expansion of silicates during ascent of the xenolith to surface conditions. PMID:21324732

  12. In-Situ Chemical Analyses of Mineral Inclusions in Diamonds in Kimberlitic Eclogites From Yakutia

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    ANAND, M.; MISRA, K. C.; TAYLOR, L. A.; SOBOLEV, N. V.

    2001-12-01

    Mineral inclusions in diamonds (DIs) are stated to provide P-T-X-t information regarding the formation of the diamonds and the nature of the upper mantle. In an endeavor to further understand the importance of diamonds and their DIs in relation to their host rocks, we have investigated several diamondiferous eclogites from Yakutia, first by HRXC tomography (Taylor et al., 2001, this meeting) and then by dissection of the eclogites into their individual minerals. The mineralogy of the host eclogite is presented by Misra et al. (2001, this meeting). Two of the diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths, although weighing but 66 g and 42 g, contain 74 and 47 macro-diamonds, resp. Based on HRXCT imaging, appropriate sections were selected in the eclogite to extract diamonds with minimum loss of material. In the majority of cases, diamonds occur as perfect octahedron with well developed crystal faces. In some cases, however, diamonds occur as macles (twinned xls). The size range of the diamonds is 1-6 mm. Optical examination reveals the sulfides as the most common DIs in these diamonds, followed by clinopyroxenes and garnets. Each diamond was cut and polished along relatively soft directions parallel to either (001) or (110) faces so as to expose DIs for in-situ analyses. Examination by cathodoluminescence (CL) on an EMP demonstrated that the majority of the diamonds have minute, optically invisible, cracks from the DIs to the surfaces of the diamonds - i.e., the possibility of an open system. These diamonds show complicated growth histories and contain DIs that are in some cases, found to be associated with secondary alteration. In addition, the DIs in each diamond, examined in-situ are of different composition from the host and different from DIs in other diamonds, a relationship reported earlier (Taylor et al., 2000, Int'l Geol Rev). These observations raise serious doubts about the significance of DIs and the pristinity and syngenesis of DIs removed by the typical diamond~crushing procedure. Therefore, extreme caution must be taken when interpreting any of the P-T-X-t conditions of diamond growth, based on DIs.

  13. Garnet shapes within Kimberlite xenoliths record the tectonic evolution of a cratonic root

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    Michibayashi, K.; Kino, M.; Okamoto, A.; Katayama, I.; Komiya, T.

    2013-12-01

    Interfacial tension and differential stress affect the shape of a mineral grain included within a crystalline host. On this basis, we present a simple numerical model that successfully predicts the progressive change in aspect ratio (L) of garnet inclusions with respect to grain size (R) within peridotite xenoliths, Kimberley, South Africa, over a period of more than 1 billion years. We focused on coarse (>5 mm) granular type peridotite. Five large samples of garnet harzburgite xenoliths were selected for analysis from 35 samples because of the large grain size, and several thin sections were prepared from each sample in each of three orthogonal planes (e.g., parallel to the foliation and lineation, etc.) The calculated equilibrium temperature and pressure are similar among all five samples (~1000 degree C and ~40 kbar). Olivine fabrics are characterized by a point maximum of [010] and girdle distributions of [100] and [001]. Orthopyroxene fabrics are characterized by a point maximum of [001] and girdle distributions of [100] and [001]. Garnet within the five samples varies in both size and shape. Coarser garnet grains (R>=2mm) tend to be more spherical, whereas smaller grains (R<2mm) tend to be spherical and ellipsoidal. Three deformation mechanisms are considered to explain the shape of garnet in the numerical model following to Okamoto and Michibayashi (2005): dislocation creep, interface diffusion creep, and rounding by interface diffusion. The model reveals that the dominant deformation mechanism changes from diffusion creep to dislocation creep with increasing grain size and a two-stage deformation, with a period of high differential stress followed by low differential stress, best explains the observed shapes and grain sizes of garnet. The duration of stage 1 is calculated to have been 10 million years, assuming a temperature of 1000 degree C and a differential stress of 0.1 MPa which was related to the size independency of dislocation creep. The garnet data are then fitted to theoretical curves in the L-R space under conditions of 1000 degree C and for a period of 1 billion years with various differential stresses of less than 0.005 MPa. Okamoto, A. and Michibayashi, K., 2005. Progressive shape evolution of a mineral inclusion under differential stress at high temperature: example of garnet inclusions within a granulite facies from the Lutow-Holm complex, East Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B11203, doi:10.1029/2004JB003526.

  14. Velocity-density models of the Earth's crust and upper mantle from the quartz, Craton, and Kimberlite superlong seismic profiles

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    Yegorova, T. P.; Pavlenkova, G. A.

    2015-03-01

    The unique deep seismic studies carried out in Russia with the use of nuclear explosions provided the possibility to identify the detailed structure of the Earth's crust, upper mantle, and transition zone to the lower mantle to a depth of 700 km in a huge territory of North Eurasia. It is shown that seismic velocities in the upper mantle mainly reflect its temperature regime. The gravity modeling along these profiles showed the absence of a direct relationship between seismic velocity and density. The Siberian Craton, which is marked with a low heat flow and high-velocity mantle, has lower density. The upper mantle of the East European Platform, with almost the same heat flow, is characterized by the highest densities and seismic velocities. Within the West Siberian Plate, high heat flow, lower seismic velocities, and increased density in the upper mantle are revealed. This combination of seismic velocities and densities suggests different composition of the upper mantle beneath the studied structures with the depleted upper mantle beneath the Siberian Craton.

  15. Petrochemical and petrophysical characterization of the lower crust and the Moho beneath the West African Craton, based on Xenoliths from Kimberlites

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    Haggerty, Stephen E.; Toft, Paul B.

    1988-01-01

    Additional evidence to the composition of the lower crust and uppermost mantle was presented in the form of xenolith data. Xenoliths from the 2.7-Ga West African Craton indicate that the Moho beneath this shield is a chemically and physically gradational boundary, with intercalations of garnet granulite and garnet eclogite. Inclusions in diamonds indicate a depleted upper mantle source, and zenolith barometry and thermometry data suggest a high mantle geotherm with a kink near the Moho. Metallic iron in the xenoliths indicates that the uppermost mantle has a significant magnetization, and that the depth to the Curie isotherm, which is usually considered to be at or above the Moho, may be deeper than the Moho.

  16. Diamond provenance studies from 40Ar/ 39Ar dating of clinopyroxene inclusions: An example from the west coast of Namibia

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    Phillips, D.; Harris, J. W.

    2009-11-01

    The west coast of Namibia is host to substantive detrital diamond deposits located in onshore and offshore beach gravels, desert deflation deposits and lower Orange river terraces. The origin of the Namibian diamonds is controversial, with some studies favouring derivation from distal Cretaceous/Jurassic kimberlites on the Kaapvaal craton, and others arguing that most diamonds originated from proximal Dwyka glacial deposits (~ 300 Ma), which incorporated diamonds from older (≥ 500 Ma), pre-Karoo kimberlites. Previous studies have demonstrated that clinopyroxene inclusions extracted from their host diamonds give 40Ar/ 39Ar ages approaching the time of source kimberlite eruption. This behaviour is attributed to diffusion of argon to lattice defect sites and the diamond/inclusion interface region during mantle residence, with subsequent loss of the latter component on cleaving of the diamond to release the inclusion(s). In this study, we measured 40Ar/ 39Ar ages of extracted clinopyroxene inclusions from Namibian detrital diamonds, in order to determine potential kimberlite sources, craton erosion histories and palaeo-drainage evolution in southern Africa. 40Ar/ 39Ar step-heating data were obtained for eclogitic and peridotitic clinopyroxene inclusions from 50 Namibian diamonds. Low temperature steps produced older apparent ages than high temperature (fusion) steps, consistent with partial retention of pre-eruption argon in defect sites. With one exception, fusion steps yielded younger ages, ranging from 62 ± 30 Ma to 1441 ± 700 Ma. The majority (80%) of inclusions have fusion ages < 300 Ma, indicating that most Namibian detrital diamonds originated from post-Dwyka (< 300 Ma) kimberlites. Six inclusion aliquots (13%) produced ages unique to Cretaceous Group I kimberlites, confirming erosion of diamonds from these sources. The proportion of diamonds sourced from Group II kimberlites is uncertain, although forward modelling suggests roughly equal quantities from

  17. Diamonds sampled by plumes from the core-mantle boundary.

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    Torsvik, Trond H; Burke, Kevin; Steinberger, Bernhard; Webb, Susan J; Ashwal, Lewis D

    2010-07-15

    Diamonds are formed under high pressure more than 150 kilometres deep in the Earth's mantle and are brought to the surface mainly by volcanic rocks called kimberlites. Several thousand kimberlites have been mapped on various scales, but it is the distribution of kimberlites in the very old cratons (stable areas of the continental lithosphere that are more than 2.5 billion years old and 300 kilometres thick or more) that have generated the most interest, because kimberlites from those areas are the major carriers of economically viable diamond resources. Kimberlites, which are themselves derived from depths of more than 150 kilometres, provide invaluable information on the composition of the deep subcontinental mantle lithosphere, and on melting and metasomatic processes at or near the interface with the underlying flowing mantle. Here we use plate reconstructions and tomographic images to show that the edges of the largest heterogeneities in the deepest mantle, stable for at least 200 million years and possibly for 540 million years, seem to have controlled the eruption of most Phanerozoic kimberlites. We infer that future exploration for kimberlites and their included diamonds should therefore be concentrated in continents with old cratons that once overlay these plume-generation zones at the core-mantle boundary. PMID:20631796

  18. Lithospheric roots beneath western Laurentia: The geochemical signal in mantle garnets

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    Canil, D.; Schulze, D.J.; Hall, D.; Hearn, B.C., Jr.; Milliken, S.M.

    2003-01-01

    This study presents major and trace element data for 243 mantle garnet xenocrysts from six kimberlites in parts of western North America. The geochemical data for the garnet xenocrysts are used to infer the composition, thickness, and tectonothermal affinity of the mantle lithosphere beneath western Laurentia at the time of kimberlite eruption. The garnets record temperatures between 800 and 1450??C using Ni-in-garnet thermometry and represent mainly lherzolitic mantle lithosphere sampled over an interval from about 110-260 km depth. Garnets with sinuous rare-earth element patterns, high Sr, and high Sc/V occur mainly at shallow depths and occur almost exclusively in kimberlites interpreted to have sampled Archean mantle lithosphere beneath the Wyoming Province in Laurentia, and are notably absent in garnets from kimberlites erupting through the Proterozoic Yavapai Mazatzal and Trans-Hudson provinces. The similarities in depths of equilibration, but differing geochemical patterns in garnets from the Cross kimberlite (southeastern British Columbia) compared to kimberlites in the Wyoming Province argue for post-Archean replacement and (or) modification of mantle beneath the Archean Hearne Province. Convective removal of mantle lithosphere beneath the Archean Hearne Province in a "tEctonic vise" during the Proterozoic terminal collisions that formed Laurentia either did not occur, or was followed by replacement of thick mantle lithosphere that was sampled by kimberlite in the Triassic, and is still observed there seismically today.

  19. Preliminary geology, mineral chemistry and diamond results from the C29/30 Candle Lake volcanic complex, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Verigeanu, D.; Hetman, C. M.; Jellicoe, B.; Baumgartner, M. C.

    2009-11-01

    The C29/30 kimberlite is one of two diamondiferous kimberlites in the Candle Lake cluster located in east-central Saskatchewan, Canada, approximately 70 km from the Fort á la Corne kimberlite field. The kimberlites are hosted by a Cretaceous sequence of marine mudstone and shale of the Lower Colorado Group, and underlying siltstone and sandstone of the Mannville Group. This sequence overlies Paleozoic carbonates that were deposited over the Proterozoic crystalline basement. Based on the country rock stratigraphy and morphology of the body, C29/30 is inferred to be Cretaceous in age. The elongated kimberlite body has a lateral extent of approximately 2 km with the long axis oriented in a south-east to north-west direction and an estimated surface expression of 75.3 ha. The investigation of 47 drill cores suggests that this body is a single volcanic complex dominated by a single phase of volcaniclastic kimberlite that is characterised by absent to rare phlogopite within the groundmass of preserved juvenile clasts. Minor amounts of at least one other phase of kimberlite containing conspicuous groundmass phlogopite have also been documented. The subsurface shape of C29/30 is complex and is interpreted to result from a combination of explosive volcanic activity that formed two craters from separate feeder vents. The formation of the elongated trough is poorly understood. It may have formed by a fissure style eruption, or erosive processes related to the mass flow of material away from one of the craters or possible the collapse of an eruption column. The C29/30 kimberlite is similar to bodies of the Fort á la Corne kimberlite field with respect to country rock setting, pipe morphology and the dominant textural varieties present. This contribution presents a preliminary geological model of C29/30 based on data obtained from the drilling programmes completed in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

  20. Some Pb and Sr isotopic measurements on eclogites from the Roberts Victor Mine, South Africa.

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    Manton, W. I.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1971-01-01

    Five nodules of eclogite, one nodule of garnet peridotite, and one sample of kimberlite from the Roberts Victor Mine in the Orange Free State were analyzed for concentrations of U, Th, Pb, Rb, and Sr, and also isotopic compositions of Pb and Sr. Results are presented and analyzed. They indicate that the Roberts Victor eclogites have been contaminated by lead from the host rock of kimberlite. This finding suggests that stepwise extraction of lead may be a means of obtaining the isotopic composition of the primary lead in kimberlitic eclogites.

  1. The age of predictable primary diamond sources in the northeastern Siberian Platform

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    Grakhanov, S. A.; Zinchuk, N. N.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2015-12-01

    The U-Pb (SHRIMP) age was determined for zircons collected from 26 observation and sampling sites of diamonds and index minerals in the northeastern Siberian Platform. This part of the region hosts 15 low-diamondiferous Paleozoic and Mesozoic kimberlite fields, excluding the near economic Triassic Malokuonapskaya pipe in the Kuranakh field. Four epochs of kimberlite formation (Silurian, Late Devonian to Early Carboniferous, Middle to Late Triassic, and Middle to Late Jurassic) of the Siberian Platform, including its northeastern part, are confirmed as a result of our studies. Most observation points, including economic Quaternary diamond placers, contain Middle to Late Triassic zircons, which confirms the abundant Late Triassic volcanism in this region. The positive correlation of diamonds and major index minerals of kimberlites (mostly, garnets) at some observation sites indicates the possible Triassic age of the predictable diamondiferous kimberlites.

  2. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy used to develop understanding of a diamond preservation index model

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    Yambissa, M. T.; Forder, S. D.; Bingham, P. A.

    2016-12-01

    57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy has provided precise and accurate iron redox ratios Fe2+/Fe3+ in ilmenite, FeTiO3, found within kimberlite samples from the Catoca and Camatxia kimberlite pipes from N.E. Angola. Ilmenite is one of the key indicator minerals for diamond survival and it is also one of the iron-bearing minerals with iron naturally occurring in one or both of the oxidation states Fe3+ and Fe2+. For this reason it is a good indicator for studying oxygen fugacities ( fO2) in mineral samples, which can then be related to iron redox ratios, Fe2+/Fe3+. In this paper we demonstrate that the oxidation state of the ilmenite mineral inclusion from sampled kimberlite rock is a key indicator of the oxidation state of the host kimberlite assemblage, which in turn determines the genesis of diamond, grade variation and diamond quality. Ilmenite samples from the two different diamondiferous kimberlite localities (Catoca and Camatxia) in the Lucapa graben, N.E. Angola, were studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffractometry, in order to infer the oxidation state of their source regions in the mantle, oxygen partial pressure and diamond preservation conditions. The iron redox ratios, obtained using Mössbauer spectroscopy, show that the Catoca diamond kimberlite is more oxidised than kimberlite found in the Camatxia pipe, which is associated within the same geological tectonic structure. Here we demonstrate that57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy can assist geologists and mining engineers to effectively evaluate and determine whether kimberlite deposits are economically feasible for diamond mining.

  3. Metasomatic processes in the mantle beneath the Arkhangelsk province, Russia: evidence from garnet in mantle peridotite xenoliths, Grib pipe

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    Kargin, Alexei; Sazonova, Lyudmila; Nosova, Anna; Kovalchuk, Elena; Minevrina, Elena

    2015-04-01

    The Arkhangelsk province is located in the northern East European Craton and includes more than 80 bodies of kimberlite, alkaline picrite and other ultramafic and mafic rocks. They erupted through the Archean-Early Proterozoic basement into the Riphean-Paleozoic sedimentary cover. The Grib kimberlite pipe is located in the central part of the Arkhangelsk province in the Verkhotina (Chernoozerskoe) kimberlite field. The age of the Grib kimberlite is 376+-3 Ma (Rb-Sr by phlogopite). The Grib kimberlite pipe is the moderate-Ti kimberlites (TiO2 1-2 wt %) with strongly fractionated REE pattern , (La/Yb)n = 38-87. The Nd isotopic composition of the Grib pipe ranges epsilon Nd from -0.4 to + 1.0 and 87Sr/86Sr(t) from 0.7042 to 0.7069 (Kononova et al., 2006). Geochemical (Jeol JXA-8200 electron microprobe; SIMS; LA-ICP-MS) composition of clinopyroxene and garnet from mantle-derived xenoliths of the Grib kimberlite pipe was studied to provide new insights into metasomatic processes in the mantle beneath the Arkhangelsk province. Based on both major and trace element data, five geochemical groups of peridotitic garnet were distinguished. The partial melting of metasomatic peridotite with crystallization of a garnet-clinopyroxene association, and orthopyroxene assimilation by protokimberlitic melts was simulated and a model of garnet and clinopyroxene metasomatic origin was proposed. The model includes three stages: 1. Mantle peridotite was fertilized by subduction-derived sediment partial melts/fluids at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary to yield a CO2-bearing mantle peridotite (source I). 2. The partial melting of the carbonate-bearing mantle source 1 produced carbonatite-like melts (a degree of partial melting was 1,5 %), which could form the carbonatite-kimberlite rocks of the Mela River (Arkhangelsk province, 50 km North-West of Grib kimberlite) and also produce the metasomatic reworking of (carbonate-bearing) mantle peridotite (mantle source II) and form type-1

  4. Volcanology of Tuzo pipe (Gahcho Kué cluster) — Root-diatreme processes re-interpreted

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    Seghedi, I.; Maicher, D.; Kurszlaukis, S.

    2009-11-01

    The Middle Cambrian (~ 540 Ma) Gahcho Kué Kimberlite Field is situated about 275 km ENE of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada. The kimberlites were emplaced into 2.6 Ga Archean granitic rocks of the Yellowknife Supergroup. Four larger kimberlite bodies (5034, Tesla, Tuzo, and Hearne) as well as a number of smaller pipes and associated sheets occur in the field. In plan view, the Tuzo pipe has a circular outline at the surface, and it widens towards deeper levels. The pipe infill consists of several types of coherent and fragmental kimberlite facies. Coherent or apparent coherent (possibly welded) kimberlite facies dominate at depth, but also occur at shallow levels, as dikes intruded late in the eruptive sequence or individual coherent kimberlite clasts. The central and shallower portions of the pipe consist of several fragmental kimberlite varieties that are texturally classified as Tuffisitic Kimberlites. The definition, geometry and extent of the geological units are complex and zones controlled by vertical elements are most significant. The fluidal outlines of some of the coherent kimberlite clasts suggest that at least some are the product of disruption of magma that was in a semi-plastic state or even of welded material. Ragged clasts at low levels are inferred to form part of a complex peperite-like system that intrudes the base of the root zone. A variable, often high abundance of local wall-rock xenoliths between and within the kimberlite phases is observed, varying in size from sub-millimeter to several tens of meters. Wall-rock fragments are common at all locations within the pipe but are especially frequent in a domain with a belt-like geometry between 120 and 200 m depth in the pipe. Steeply outward-dipping bedded deposits made up of wall-rock fragments occur in deep levels of the pipe and are especially common under the downward-widening roof segments. The gradational contact relationships of these deposits with the surrounding kimberlite-bearing rocks as well

  5. Carbonate-silicate composition of diamond-forming media of fibrous diamonds from the Snap Lake area (Canada)

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    Zedgenizov, D. A.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Griffin, W. L.

    2015-03-01

    This study presents new data on the compositions of microinclusions in fibrous diamonds from the Snap Lake area in the eastern part of the Slave Craton (Canada). The compositional trends of diamond microinclusions are consistent with those of diamond-forming media ranging continuously between a highly carbonatitic endmember and a highly silicic endmember. The microinclusions exhibit general enrichment of most incompatible elements, which is probably indicative of their crystallization during partial melting of mantle peridotites and eclogites. Our results also suggest that the diamond analyzed in this study may have formed as a result of interaction between carbonate-silicate melts and peridotitic wall-rocks at the base of a thick lithospheric mantle at depths below 300 km. The trace element distributions in the studied diamond microinclusions show a general similarity to those previously found in the parental kimberlites and carbonatites. These data suggest that diamonds may have crystallized either directly from a kimberlitic/carbonatitic melt or from a proto-kimberlitic fluid/melt, which was derived from a source also common to kimberlites. This is supported by differences in the major element compositions of diamond-forming fluids/melts and kimberlites.

  6. Petrology of the Renard igneous bodies: host rocks for diamond in the northern Otish Mountains region, Quebec

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    Birkett, T. C.; McCandless, T. E.; Hood, C. T.

    2004-09-01

    The Renard igneous bodies were discovered in late 2001 as part of a regional diamond exploration program launched by Ashton Mining of Canada and SOQUEM. Nine bodies have been discovered within a 2-km-diameter area, and are comprised of root zone to lower diatreme facies rocks including kimberlitic breccia, olivine macrocrystic hypabyssal material, and brecciated country rock with minor amounts of kimberlitic material. Many mineralogical and petrographic features are common to both kimberlite and melnoite, and strict assignment of the rocks as kimberlite is not possible with these criteria alone. Whole rock trace element compositions suggest a closer affinity to Group I kimberlite, with derivation from a garnet-bearing mantle. Exceptions to conventional classification of the rocks along petrographic or mineralogical lines may be due in part to assimilation of felsic country rock into the Renard magmas at the time of emplacement. The Renard magmas were emplaced into northeastern Laurentia at 630 Ma, when the supercontinent was undergoing a change from convergent margin magmatism to rifting, the latter being associated ultimately with the opening of the Iapetus ocean.

  7. Three generations of diamonds from old continental mantle

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    Richardson, S. H.; Harris, J. W.; Gurney, J. J.

    1993-11-01

    INCLUSION-BEARING diamonds erupted by kimberlites are time capsules from the sub-continental mantle. Diamonds with peridotitic mineral inclusions ('peridotitic diamonds') from Cretaceous kimberlites in southern Africa have resided in stable mantle beneath the Kaapvaal craton since the Archaean1. Diamonds with eclogitic inclusions ('eclogitic diamonds') reflect episodic mantle events during the Proterozoic2-3. Here we discuss and present isotope data for a further category of diamonds from the Proterozoic Premier kimberlite, in which peridotitic inclusion minerals have compositions reflecting an origin in both harzburgitic (clinopyroxene-free) and Iherzolitic (clinopyroxene-bearing) assemblages. The harzburgitic garnet inclusions and their counterparts found as isolated minerals ('macrocrysts') in the kimberlite host rock4 have neodym-ium and strontium isotope signatures consistent with an Archaean age (>3,000 Myr) and metasomatized mantle source. Lherzolitic garnet and clinopyroxene inclusions yield a preferred Sm-Nd isochron age of 1,930 Myr, which is ~100 Myr less than that of the adjacent Bushveld Complex5, suggesting a link analogous to that between harzburgitic diamond formation and komatiitic magma tism in the Archaean1. The final generation of diamonds, those with eclogitic inclusions, were formed ~1,150 Myr ago, just before kimberlite emplacement6.

  8. Remobilization in the cratonic lithosphere recorded in polycrystalline diamond

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    Jacob; Viljoen; Grassineau; Jagoutz

    2000-08-18

    Polycrystalline diamonds (framesites) from the Venetia kimberlite in South Africa contain silicate minerals whose isotopic and trace element characteristics document remobilization of older carbon and silicate components to form the framesites shortly before kimberlite eruption. Chemical variations within the garnets correlate with carbon isotopes in the diamonds, indicating contemporaneous formation. Trace element, radiogenic, and stable isotope variations can be explained by the interaction of eclogites with a carbonatitic melt, derived by remobilization of material that had been stored for a considerable time in the lithosphere. These results indicate more recent formation of diamonds from older materials within the cratonic lithosphere. PMID:10947983

  9. Superplume metasomatism: Evidence from Siberian mantle xenoliths

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    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Barry, Peter H.; Pernet-Fisher, John F.; Baziotis, Ioannis P.; Pokhilenko, Nikolay P.; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila N.; Bodnar, Robert J.; Taylor, Lawrence A.; Agashev, Aleksey M.

    2014-01-01

    The Siberian craton contains > 1000 kimberlite intrusions of various ages (Silurian to Jurassic), making it an ideal locality for a craton-wide study on the evolution of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). The primary objective of this study is to characterize the temporal and spatial metasomatic effects on the Siberian SCLM, focusing on the metasomatic imprint rendered by the Siberian superplume. We report new major- and trace-element mineral data for mantle peridotite xenoliths, obtained from the Late Devonian Udachnaya and the Late Jurassic Obnazhennaya kimberlites, which bracket the thermal climax of the Siberian superplume.

  10. Studies of phase composition of contact sites of diamond crystals and the surrounding rocks

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    Skvortsova, V. L.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Belyanin, A. F.

    2015-11-01

    The composition, structure, and morphology of iron-containing diamond-kimberlite contact sites were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The data obtained confirm the hypothesis of the similarity of mechanisms of diamond formation in nature and in experiments.

  11. Distribution of gas-oil-bitumen shows in the Yakutian diamond province

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    Kravtsov, A.I.; Ivanov, V.A.; Bobrov, V.A.; Kropotova, O.I.

    1981-10-01

    The combination of carbon-bearing compounds in the kimberlite pipes may be divided into distinct geochemical groups, genetically associated with exogenic or endogenic geological processes. In analyzing the isotope composition of diamonds from eclogite and kimberlite, graphite in concentrated form from eclogite and ultrabasic inclusions in kimberlite, and postmagmaic carbonic acid from the matrix of kimberlite, it was established that these compounds have a distinctive endogenic nature. The isotope composition of the limestones of marine origin has been determined by the isotope-exchange reation /sup 13/CO/sub 2/ (gas) + /sup 12/CO/sub 3/ (solution) reverse arrow..-->.. /sup 12/CO/sub 2/ (gas) + /sup 13/CO/sub 3/ (solution), which is rigidly associated with temperature of sedimentation and has controlled the ''heavy'' isotope composition of these rocks. The isotope composition of the bitumens has not yet enabled us to resolve the problem of the origin of the bitumen shows (biogenic or abiogenic). However, the similarity of the isotope composition of bitumens examined from various bitumen shows indicates identical thermodynamic conditions of formation.

  12. Did diamond-bearing orangeites originate from MARID-veined peridotites in the lithospheric mantle?

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    Giuliani, Andrea; Phillips, David; Woodhead, Jon D.; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Fiorentini, Marco L.; Maas, Roland; Soltys, Ashton; Armstrong, Richard A.

    2015-04-01

    Kimberlites and orangeites (previously named Group-II kimberlites) are small-volume igneous rocks occurring in diatremes, sills and dykes. They are the main hosts for diamonds and are of scientific importance because they contain fragments of entrained mantle and crustal rocks, thus providing key information about the subcontinental lithosphere. Orangeites are ultrapotassic, H2O and CO2-rich rocks hosting minerals such as phlogopite, olivine, calcite and apatite. The major, trace element and isotopic compositions of orangeites resemble those of intensely metasomatized mantle of the type represented by MARID (mica-amphibole-rutile-ilmenite-diopside) xenoliths. Here we report new data for two MARID xenoliths from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa) and we show that MARID-veined mantle has mineralogical (carbonate-apatite) and geochemical (Sr-Nd-Hf-O isotopes) characteristics compatible with orangeite melt generation from a MARID-rich source. This interpretation is supported by U-Pb zircon ages in MARID xenoliths from the Kimberley kimberlites, which confirm MARID rock formation before orangeite magmatism in the area.

  13. Did diamond-bearing orangeites originate from MARID-veined peridotites in the lithospheric mantle?

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    Giuliani, Andrea; Phillips, David; Woodhead, Jon D; Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Fiorentini, Marco L; Maas, Roland; Soltys, Ashton; Armstrong, Richard A

    2015-01-01

    Kimberlites and orangeites (previously named Group-II kimberlites) are small-volume igneous rocks occurring in diatremes, sills and dykes. They are the main hosts for diamonds and are of scientific importance because they contain fragments of entrained mantle and crustal rocks, thus providing key information about the subcontinental lithosphere. Orangeites are ultrapotassic, H2O and CO2-rich rocks hosting minerals such as phlogopite, olivine, calcite and apatite. The major, trace element and isotopic compositions of orangeites resemble those of intensely metasomatized mantle of the type represented by MARID (mica-amphibole-rutile-ilmenite-diopside) xenoliths. Here we report new data for two MARID xenoliths from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa) and we show that MARID-veined mantle has mineralogical (carbonate-apatite) and geochemical (Sr-Nd-Hf-O isotopes) characteristics compatible with orangeite melt generation from a MARID-rich source. This interpretation is supported by U-Pb zircon ages in MARID xenoliths from the Kimberley kimberlites, which confirm MARID rock formation before orangeite magmatism in the area. PMID:25882074

  14. Diamond collecting in northern Colorado.

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    Collins, D.S.

    1982-01-01

    The discovery of numerous diamond-bearing kimberlite diatremes in the N Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming is of both scientific and economic interest. Species recovered from heavy-mineral concentrates include Cr-diopside, spinel, Mg-ilmenite, pyrope and diamond. A nodule tentatively identified as a graphite-diamond eclogite was also found. -G.W.R.

  15. Role of geology in diamond project development

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    Jakubec, Jaroslav

    2004-09-01

    For a mining operation to be successful, it is important to bring fundamental and applied science together. The mining engineer needs to understand the importance of geology, mineralogy and petrography, and how projects can benefit from the data collected during the exploration and pre-exploration stage. Geological scientists also need to understand the process of project development from the exploration stage through mine design and operation to mine closure. Kimberlite pipe or dyke emplacement, geology and petrology/mineralogy are three areas that illustrate how information obtained from the geological studies could directly influence the mining method selection and the project strategy and design. Kimberlite emplacement is one of the fundamental processes that rely on knowledge of the kimberlite body geology. Although the importance of the emplacement model is commonly recognized in the resource geology, mining engineers do not always appreciate its importance to the mine design. The knowledge of the orebody geometry, character of the contact zones, internal structures and distribution of inclusions could directly influence pit wall stability (thus strip ratio), underground mining method selection, dilution, treatability, and the dewatering strategy. Understanding the internal kimberlite geology mainly includes the geometry and character of individual phases, and the orientation and character of internal structures that transect the rock mass. For any mining method it is important to know "where the less and where the more competent rocks are located" to achieve stability. On the other hand, the detailed facies studies may not be important for the resource and mine design if the rock types have similar physical properties and diamond content. A good understanding of the kimberlite petrology and mineralogy could be crucial not only to the treatability (namely diamond damage and liberation), but also to the pit wall and underground excavation stability, support

  16. Wastewater treatment polymers identified as the toxic component of a diamond mine effluent.

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    De Rosemond, Simone J C; Liber, Karsten

    2004-09-01

    The Ekati Diamond Mine, located approximately 300 km northeast of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories, uses mechanical crushing and washing processes to extract diamonds from kimberlite ore. The processing plant's effluent contains kimberlite ore particles (< or =0.5 mm), wastewater, and two wastewater treatment polymers, a cationic polydiallydimethylammonium chloride (DADMAC) polymer and an anionic sodium acrylate polyacrylamide (PAM) polymer. A series of acute (48-h) and chronic (7-d) toxicity tests determined the processed kimberlite effluent (PKE) was chronically, but not acutely, toxic to Ceriodaphnia dubia. Reproduction of C. dubia was inhibited significantly at concentrations as low as 12.5% PKE. Toxicity identification evaluations (TIE) were initiated to identify the toxic component of PKE. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), sodium thiosulfate, aeration, and solid phase extraction with C-18 manipulations failed to reduce PKE toxicity. Toxicity was reduced significantly by pH adjustments to pH 3 or 11 followed by filtration. Toxicity testing with C. dubia determined that the cationic DADMAC polymer had a 48-h median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.32 mg/L and 7-d median effective concentration (EC50) of 0.014 mg/L. The anionic PAM polymer had a 48-h LC50 of 218 mg/L. A weight-of-evidence approach, using the data obtained from the TIE, the polymer toxicity experiments, the estimated concentration of the cationic polymer in the kimberlite effluent, and the behavior of kimberlite minerals in pH-adjusted solutions provided sufficient evidence to identify the cationic DADMAC polymer as the toxic component of the diamond mine PKE. PMID:15379002

  17. The morphological characteristics of diamonds from the Ekati property, Northwest Territories, Canada

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    Gurney, John J.; Hildebrand, Peter R.; Carlson, Jon A.; Fedortchouk, Yana; Dyck, Darren R.

    2004-09-01

    Examination of exploration diamond parcels from 13 kimberlites on the Ekati Diamond Mine™ property revealed abundant octahedra and dodecahedra, significant numbers of cubes (fibrous and non-fibrous), minor cubo-octahedra and aggregates, and rare macles and pseudo-hemimorphic crystals. Some octahedra have a fibrous diamond coat. The diamonds are predominantly colourless or brown with minor yellow and very few other colours. A striking feature of the diamonds from all 13 localities is their mixed character, evidenced by the variety of colours, crystal forms and surface textures and as previously documented for Siberia (Orlov, Yu L., 1977. Mineralogy of the Diamond. Translated from the Russian language and published by Wiley, New York. Original (1973) published in Russian by Izdatel'stvo, Nauka, USSR.) and by Robinson (Robinson, D.N., 1979. Surface textures and other features of diamonds. PhD thesis, University of Cape Town, South Africa.) for the Kaapvaal craton. This mixed character can be largely accounted for by variations in the proportions of components (termed building blocks [BB]) of diamonds with similar characteristics that are represented at each of the 13 localities. These descriptions reveal three very strongly developed regional associations. The highest proportion of both colourless octahedra and total octahedra is present in the northwest part of the study area, which includes the commercially exploited kimberlites, Panda, Koala and Beartooth. In contrast, diamonds in the centrally placed kimberlites Arnie and Mark are dominated by opaque fibrous cubes. In the southeast part of the study area, the diamonds from four kimberlites including Misery are characterized by dodecahedra that are dominantly brown. The most southerly pipe, Piranha, is unique within this group of 13 kimberlites in that it has a high proportion of cubo-octahedra and of colourless cubes.

  18. Distinct Thermal and Metasomatic Characteristics of Mantle Lithosphere Beneath Two Proterozoic Terranes Bordering the Kaapvaal Craton of Southern Africa

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    Janney, P. E.; Shiimi, E. T.

    2015-12-01

    There is a first order contrast in compositional and thermal properties between cold and infertile Archean cratonic mantle and younger, warmer and more fertile Proterozoic lithosphere, but it has also become apparent that coherent thermal and compositional differences exist between adjacent Proterozoic terranes, even in regions that have been stable for over 1 Ga. We report new thermobarometry and in-situ trace element data for garnet peridotite xenoliths from several late Cretaceous (100-70 Ma) kimberlite localities in the western Namaqua-Natal Belt (NNB) and Rehoboth Province (RP), which bound the Archean Kaapvaal craton to the west and south, respectively. The localities include some for which no data have been reported previously. Re-depletion model ages from Os isotopes indicate that the lithosphere beneath the NNB and RP is mainly Early Proterozoic (Pearson et al., Chem. Geol., 2004; Janney et al. J. Petrol., 2010) and there is no evidence from xenolith modal proportions for significant differences in average fertility between lithospheric terranes. Equilibration pressures for garnet peridotites from both terranes fall in a similar range (2 to 5 GPa). However, peridotites from the RP typically have P and T values that fall on or very close to the Kaapvaal cratonic geotherm (apart from a group of peridotites from the Gibeon kimberlites with pressures > 4 GPa that follow an adiabatic gradient; e.g. Franz et al., J. Geol., 1996) whereas peridotites from the western NNB have temperatures roughly 100°C warmer than the cratonic geotherm over the whole depth range. Peridotites from the 140 Ma Melton Wold kimberlite, also in the western NNB, lack these warmer temperatures and suggest that warming was contemporaneous with Late Cretaceous kimberlite magmatism. Metasomatic enrichment in incompatible elements (consistent with interaction with kimberlitic melts) is more pronounced in NNB as compared to RP peridotites. The association of higher temperatures with a greater

  19. Lunar breccias, petrology, and earth planetary structure

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    Ridley, W. I.

    1978-01-01

    Topics covered include: (1) petrologic studies of poikiloblastic textured rocks; (2) petrology of aluminous mare basalts in breccia 14063; (3) petrology of Apollo 15 breccia 15459; (4) high-alumina mare basalts; (5) some petrological aspects of imbrium stratigraphy; (6) petrology of lunar rocks and implication to lunar evolution; (7) the crystallization trends of spinels in Tertiary basalts from Rhum and Muck and their petrogenetic significance; (8) the geology and evolution of the Cayman Trench; (9) The petrochemistry of igneous rocks from the Cayman Trench and the Captains Bay Pluton, Unalaska Island and their relation to tectonic processes at plate margins; and (10) the oxide and silicate mineral chemistry of a Kimberlite from the Premier Mine with implications for the evolution of kimberlitic magma.

  20. Conditions of origin of natural diamonds of peridotite affinity

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    Boyd, F. R.; Finnerty, A. A.

    1980-01-01

    Studies of mineral inclusions in natural diamonds and rare diamondiferous xenoliths from kimberlites show that most diamonds are associated with a dunite or harzburgite paragenesis. The diamondiferous periodites and dunites have predominantly coarse or tabular textures that suggest low-temperature (less than 1100 C) equilibration. Application of the K(D) Fe/Mg(Ga/Ol) geothermometer of O'Neill and Wood to analytical data for the minerals in these rocks shows that most have equilibrated below 1100 C. Application of this thermometer to pairs of olivine and garnet crystals included in individual diamonds indicates that the diamonds have crystallized in the range 900-1300 C, with a majority of estimated equilibration temperatures falling in the range below 1150 C. Comparison of these estimates of equilibration temperature with the zone of invariant vapor composition solidus for kimberlite and garnet lherzolite determined by Eggler and Wendlandt (1979) suggests that many diamonds may have formed in subsolidus events.

  1. The Influence of Volcanological and Sedimentological Processes on Diamond Grade Distribution: Examples From the Ekati Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada

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    Porritt, L. A.; Cas, R. A.; Ailleres, L.; Oshust, P.

    2009-05-01

    The study of the diamond distribution within two kimberlite pipes, Fox and Koala, from the Ekati Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada, in conjunction with detailed facies models has shown several distinct relationships of deposit type and grade distribution. In both pipes the lithological facies represent grade units which can be distinguished from each other in terms of relative size and abundance of diamonds. Positive correlation of olivine grain size and abundance with diamond grade is seen, indicating that density sorting of fragmental kimberlites occurs both in pyroclastic and resedimented deposits. Though surface geological processes do not control the diamond potential of the erupting magma, they can be responsible for concentrating diamonds into economically significant proportions. A good understanding of the eruption, transport and depositional processes responsible for the individual lithological units and the diamond distribution within them is important for successful resource estimation and may lead to recognition of areas suitable for selective mining, making a marginal deposit economic.

  2. Melting Temperature and Partial Melt Chemistry of H2O-Saturated Mantle Peridotite to 11 Gigapascals

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    Kawamoto; Holloway

    1997-04-11

    The H2O-saturated solidus of a model mantle composition (Kilborne Hole peridotite nodule, KLB-1) was determined to be just above 1000°C from 5 to 11 gigapascals. Given reasonable H2O abundances in Earth's mantle, an H2O-rich fluid could exist only in a region defined by the wet solidus and thermal stability limits of hydrous minerals, at depths between 90 and 330 kilometers. The experimental partial melts monotonously became more mafic with increasing pressure from andesitic composition at 1 gigapascal to more mafic than the starting peridotite at 10 gigapascals. Because the chemistry of the experimental partial melts is similar to that of kimberlites, it is suggested that kimberlites may be derived by low-temperature melting of an H2O-rich mantle at depths of 150 to 300 kilometers. PMID:9092469

  3. Superplume Metasomatism: Evidence from Siberian mantle xenoliths

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    Taylor, L. A.; Howarth, G. H.; Barry, P. H.; Pernet-Fisher, J. F.; Baziotis, I. P.; Pokhilenko, L. N.; Bodnar, R. J.; Pokhilenko, N. P.

    2013-12-01

    The Siberian craton has been subjected to numerous stages of Superplume-related magmatism, including several pre- and post-temporal stages of kimberlite emplacement relative to the extrusion of the Siberian Flood basalts (SFB; 250 Ma). The primary objective of this study is to characterize the metasomatic imprints rendered on the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) by percolating Superplume related fluids. Mantle xenoliths brought to the surface by kimberlites provide rare windows into the SCLM. Here, we present major- and trace-element mineral data for peridotite xenoliths of the Late Devonian Udachnaya (360 Ma) and Jurassic Obnazhennaya (180 Ma) kimberlites. These xenoliths were selected in order to better characterize the temporal evolution of metasomatic processes affecting the SCLM over the life cycle of the Siberian Superplume; they represent sections of SCLM that bracket the SFB climax of activity. This work presents an initial model as part of a larger study focusing on the chemical effects of Superplume related metasomatism on the Siberian SCLM, which also include; Re/Os systematics [1] and noble gas geochemistry [2]. Garnet compositions have two distinct trends in CaO-Cr2O3 space: 1) increasing CaO at constant Cr2O3 within the harzburgite field, and 2) decreasing CaO and Cr2O3 within the lherzolite field, moving from ultramafic compositions of Udachanaya toward mafic compositions of Obnazhennaya. Distinct-zoned garnet grains have sinusoidal-REE patterns within cores and display a gradational change to flat MREE-HREE profiles at the rims. Clinopyroxenes typically are LREE-enriched and have high Ti/Sr. Re-constructed melts in equilibrium with garnet REE chemistry indicate that Obnazhennaya garnets were over-printed by plume-derived basaltic fluids, whereas Udachnaya garnets were over-printed mainly by kimberlite fluids. The ubiquitous plume signatures in the younger Obnazhennaya garnets are clear evidence for extensive metasomatism by mafic fluids

  4. Mass-independent sulfur of inclusions in diamond and sulfur recycling on early Earth.

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    Farquhar, J; Wing, B A; McKeegan, K D; Harris, J W; Cartigny, P; Thiemens, M H

    2002-12-20

    Populations of sulfide inclusions in diamonds from the Orapa kimberlite pipe in the Kaapvaal-Zimbabwe craton, Botswana, preserve mass-independent sulfur isotope fractionations. The data indicate that material was transferred from the atmosphere to the mantle in the Archean. The data also imply that sulfur is not well mixed in the diamond source regions, allowing for reconstruction of the Archean sulfur cycle and possibly offering insight into the nature of mantle convection through time. PMID:12493909

  5. Primary differentiation in the early Earth: Nd and Sr isotopic evidence from diamondiferous eclogites for both old depleted and old enriched mantle, Yakutia, Siberia

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    Snyder, Gregory A.; Jerde, Eric A.; Taylor, Lawrence A.; Halliday, Alex N.; Sobolev, Vladimir N.; Sobolev, Nickolai V.; Clayton, Robert N.; Mayeda, Toshiko K.; Deines, Peter

    1993-01-01

    Ancient, stable, continental cratons possess thick, subcontinental-lithospheric mantle 'keels' which favor particularly the emplacement of diamondiferous kimberlites and included peridotites and eclogites. These refractory mantle samples of the roots provide hard constraints on the theories of formation, growth, and evolution of these cratons. Xenoliths containing only primary garnet and clinopyroxene (eclogites), although rare in most kimberlites, can retain the geochemical signatures of their parent protoliths (e.g., subducted oceanic crust, ancient mantle) thus offering the opportunity to address mantle processes which may have taken place at earlier times in the Earth's history. In fact, it has been postulated that some eclogites are residues from the accretion of the early Earth. Nd and Sr isotopic data are presented which may be interpreted as evidence of an early (greater than 4 Ga) mantle differentiation event. The kimberlites of Yakutia are located both marginal and central to the Siberian craton, and a wide variety of xenoliths are present within them. The Siberian mantle samples have received little attention in the western world, largely because suitable suites of Yakutian samples have not been readily available. Importantly, there is evidence that metasomatism of the Siberian lithosphere has been considerably less intense or extensive than for the Kaapvaal craton. Therefore, it should be considerably easier to elicit the igneous/metamorphic histories of Siberian kimberlitic xenoliths. One of the notable features of the Siberian eclogites is the common appearance of diamonds, especially in the Mir and Udachnaya pipes. In all, eight eclogite samples (eight garnet separates and eight clinopyroxene separates) have been analyzed to date on the Udachnaya pipe, seven from our group.

  6. Some Pb and Sr isotopic measurements on eclogites from the Roberts Victor mine, South Africa

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    Manton, W.I.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1971-01-01

    Five nodules of eclogite, one nodule of garnet peridotite and one sample of kimberlite from the Roberts Victor mine were analyzed for concentrations of U, Th, Pb, Rb and Sr and isotopic compositions of Pb and Sr. In the eclogites, U content ranges from 0.09 to 0.26 ppm, Th from 0.35 to 1.1 ppm, Pb from 0.79 to 5.5 ppm, Rb from 2.1 to 28 ppm and Sr from 133 to 346 ppm; 206Pb/204Pb ratios range from 14.8 to 18.5, 207Pb/204Pb from 14.9 to 15.7, 208Pb/204Pb from 35.2 to 38.5. The garnet peridotite contains 0.22 ppm U, 0.97 ppm Th, 1.05 ppm Pb, 6.9 ppm Rb and 108 ppm Sr and the kimberlite contains 2.5 ppm U, 30 ppm Th, 37 ppm Pb, 113 ppm Rb and 2040 ppm Sr. The lead in the eclogites has two components, a lead pyroextractable at 1100-1200?? and a non-pyroextractable residual lead. In three of the eclogites, which are to some extent altered, a proportion of the pyroextractable lead may be contaminating lead from the kimberlite, but an altered kyanite eclogite does not appear to be contaminated by this same kimberlite. The pyroextractable lead from a less altered eclogite contains a much larger proportion of 206Pb. Compositions calculated for the residual leads vary greatly. In many of the pyroextraction runs the primary eclogitic phases disappeared and the new phases plagioclase, clinopyroxene and a magnetic iron compound were formed. Why part of the lead should have been retained by these new phases is not understood. ?? 1971.

  7. Re-Os and 40Ar/ 39Ar isotope measurements of inclusions in alluvial diamonds from the Ural Mountains: Constraints on diamond genesis and eruption ages

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    Laiginhas, Fernando; Pearson, D. Graham; Phillips, David; Burgess, Ray; Harris, Jeff W.

    2009-11-01

    The Re-Os isotope data for 20 syngenetic sulphide inclusions, recovered from 15 diamonds and the 40Ar/ 39Ar laser probe eruption ages of 7 syngenetic clinopyroxenes recovered from 5 diamonds, all from alluvial placer deposits in the Ural Mountains, have been determined. Six eclogitic sulphide inclusions, two of which coexist in the same diamond, yield an isochron age of 1280 ± 310 Ma (2 σ), with an unusually high initial 187Os/ 188Os ratio of 2.10 ± 0.58 (2 σ). The age is interpreted to date remobilisation of carbon and sulphur, and homogenisation of Os, during rift-related thermal-magmatic events that affected the East European Craton (EEC) at ca. 1.3 Ga. The high initial Os ratio suggests Re-Os evolution over a 100 to 500 Ma period within previously metasomatised lithosphere, most likely the EEC. Five eclogitic clinopyroxenes recovered from four diamonds yielded similar 40Ar/ 39Ar ages averaging 472 ± 28 Ma, which likely approximate the time of source kimberlite/lamproite eruption. This age suggests that the Ural diamonds are not likely to have derived either from the well known diamond-bearing kimberlites of the Siberian craton, nor from presently known Russian and Finnish kimberlite provinces on the EEC. The Urals placer deposits are mainly confined to 397-407 Ma sedimentary rocks along the western side of these mountains, with sediment transportation at that time generally from the north-west. Present evidence suggests the existence of an undiscovered kimberlite/lamproite source, probably on the Volgo-Uralia crustal segment of the EEC, which gave rise to the Urals diamond deposits.

  8. Ascent Dynamics of Low Degree Mantle Partial Melts, Constrained from CO2 Solubility Experiments.

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    Moussallam, Y.; Morizet, Y.; Massuyeau, M.; Gaillard, F.

    2014-12-01

    Low degree partial melting of carbonated mantle peridotite generates strongly silica-undersaturated melts containing substantial amount of carbon dioxide (several tens of wt%). Kimberlite melts are one of these volatile-rich mantle product and are believed to ascent through the upper mantle and crust at great speed (~5 to 50 ms-1). The role of volatiles in propelling this ascent has remained poorly quantified due to experimental difficulties in quenching such compositions to a glass. In this study, we used a range of melt compositions in the Si-C-Al-Ca-Mg-Fe-Na-K-O system addressing the chemical complexity needed to closely mimic kimberlitic to carbonatitic characteristics. These melts can, furthermore, be quenched fast enough to produce a glass and be used to determine the CO2 solubility as a function of composition and pressure. Our results suggest that the solubility of CO2 decreases steadily with increasing amount of network forming cations from ~30 wt% CO2 at 12 wt% SiO2 down to ~3 wt% CO2 at 40 wt% SiO2 and that pressure has limited effect on the solubility of CO2 up until very shallow depth (~ last 3 km). This peculiar pressure-solubility relation in kimberlite melt can explain the highly explosive nature of kimberlite magma and characteristic geo-morphological features of their root zone. We present a general CO2 solubility model based on thermodynamic formalism covering a large range of melt composition from 11 to 53 wt% SiO2 spanning the transition from carbonatitic to basaltic melts at pressures up to 1500 MPa.

  9. Weertman cracks and the fast extraction of diamonds from the Earth's mantle with a speed of about 800 km/h

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    Sommer, Holger; Regenauer-Lieb, Klaus; Gaede, Oliver

    2010-05-01

    First evidence from the Jwangeng diamond mine in South Botswana reveals a possible mechanism of near-sonic speed diamond extraction. Our data support the formation of Weertman cracks as a transport mechanism for the diamond bearing kimberlitic-melt from the Earth's mantle to the surface. Weertman cracks are vertical fluid filled cracks, which can move with a velocity of about 800 km/h. External stress fields facilitate the propagation of a Weertman crack, but it is essentially driven by the buoyancy or gravitational potential energy of the fluid. A Weertman crack can never overshoot (propagate faster than) the fluid, without losing its driving force. Therefore, we use properties of the fluid to estimate upper limits for the propagation velocity of a Weertman crack. We present new data that support the hypothesis that Weertman cracks can be responsible for the extraction of diamonds. Arguments for Weertman cracks are threefold: 1) The geometry of kimberlite pipes closely resembles the shape predicted by Weertman cracks; 2) Like Weertman cracks kimberlites themselves never develop an explosive stage besides the mechanism due to contact with groundwater; the melt often gets trapped near the Earth's surface; 3) The speed of the uplift of the diamonds from >150 km depth must be larger than 800 km/h to explain preservation of diamonds themselves and our OH-diffusion profiles in garnet and our calculations recorded from quenched diamondiferous host rock.

  10. Upper mantle material in the Brazilian shield

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    Berbert, C. O.; Svisero, D. P.; Sial, A. N.; Meyer, H. O. A.

    1981-04-01

    Information on the nature of the upper mantle can be obtained from nodules in kimberlites and basalt and from mantle-derived magmas, mineral inclusions in diamonds, as well as from the fields of geodesy, seismology, geothermy, geomagnetism and petrological models for the upper mantle. In Brazil studies of these kinds are still in the stage of data gathering. This article intends to present some of this data related to the alpine peridotites, nodules in basalts, mineral inclusions in diamonds, and kimberlites, without any pretension of deeper-going interpretation. Alpine peridotites are found all over Brazil and are grouped in three main classes: the serpentinized dunites-peridotites of small and medium size; the gabbro-pyroxenite-peridotite association in large complexes, the latter described only in the central part of Brazil; and the pyroxenite-gabbroic gneisses of the Goianira-Trindade type. Kimberlites have been described in Minas Gerais and Piaui states, but they also exist in Mato Grosso and possibly in Rondonia, Goiás, Roraima and Bahia. Inclusions in diamonds studied from Minas Gerais, Piauí, Mato Grosso, Paraná, Sa˜o Paulo and Goiás include olivine, pyroxene, garnet, chromite, sulphides, ilmenite, zircon and rutile. Ultramafic nodules in basalts and basanites from Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba states and Fernando de Noronha Island are essentially Iherzolites, like the ones described from Paraguay.

  11. H2O in olivine and garnet inclusions still trapped in diamonds from the Siberian craton: Implications for the water content of cratonic lithosphere peridotites

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    Novella, Davide; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Nestola, Fabrizio; Harris, Jeffrey W.

    2015-08-01

    We investigated the H2O content of olivine and garnet inclusions still trapped in seven uncut and unpolished kimberlitic diamonds from Udachnaya (Siberain craton). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses of the inclusions show spectra similar to those observed for the same minerals in mantle xenoliths. The olivine inclusions are found to contain 0.5 to 5 ppm wt. H2O while the garnets do not show any clear absorption bands and therefore are considered to be dry. These data contrast with H2O contents reported for olivines and garnets in xenoliths, 300 and 20 ppm wt. H2O respectively, as well as olivine xenocrysts (up to ~ 400 ppm wt. H2O), from the same kimberlite. We interpret the high H2O concentrations in xenolithic minerals or xenocrysts to be the result of interactions with either the kimberlitic magmas or metasomatic fluids/melts, and believe that the inclusions in diamonds investigated here preserve their mantle signature which is not altered during ascent to the surface. Based on the data collected in this study we conclude that the deep roots of the Siberian craton were essentially dry when the diamond formed and that this was possibly the reason for making this portion of the lithosphere stable with respect to the convective mantle. Finally, using H2O partition coefficient data, we estimate that the diamond-forming melts in this cratonic lithosphere contain below 0.1 wt.% H2O.

  12. Crystal forms and surface textures of alluvial diamonds from the Western Region of the Central African Republic

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    Censier, C.; Tourenq, J.

    1995-06-01

    The most common crystal forms of the diamonds from the alluvial deposits in the Western Region of the Central African Republic were examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM) in an attempt to determine their geological history. The marks observed are related to two distinct periods in the geological history of the diamonds: the magmatic episode and their hydraulic transport. The effects of significant magmatic corrosion undergone by the diamonds during their ascent from the upper mantle are shown by the predominance of rhombododecahedral forms over octahedral forms and the frequent occurrence on the crystal faces of pyramidal depressions with triangular (111) or square (100) bases, as well as of V-shaped figures (111) or stepped figures (on the faces around the ternary axes). Some impact marks probably occurred during the explosive episode of kimberlite extrusion. Other impact marks, the marks of general wear, and the high proportion of gemstone-quality diamonds indicate the lengthy transport. They thus also indicate that the diamonds have undergone a prolonged geological history after the erosion of the kimberlite. This suggests that the kimberlite are separated from the Carnot Sandstone Formation by a considerable distance. The diamonds were stored in Albian-Maastrichtian rocks before they become concentrated in the Recent alluvium.

  13. Diamond morphology as a key to understanding metasomatic processes in subcratonic mantle

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    Fedortchouk, Yana; Perritt, Samantha; Chinn, Ingrid

    2016-04-01

    Metasomatism in the subcratonic mantle is responsible for growth as well as dissolution of diamond. The morphology of resorption features developed on diamond during its residence in the mantle provides an important record of the nature of the metasomatic media and conditions of diamond destructive metasomatic events, while the diversity of these features indicates different metasomatic processes occurring in the mantle. The objective of this study was to shed more light on the nature of metasomatic processes in the subcratonic mantle by examining the conditions of mantle-derived diamond resorption. Towards this end, we conducted a study of 800 diamonds from two kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite field, Botswana, and examined the relationship between the conditions of diamond growth, as recorded in their nitrogen defects, and subsequent dissolution recorded in their resorption features. Using a set of morphological criteria we identified preservation of mantle-derived resorption features on 55% of diamonds from one pipe and 25-75% of diamonds from the second pipe. We identified at least twelve distinct morphological types developed during mantle residence of the diamond, and examined the possible effect of diamond internal features vs. the effect of the conditions of the mantle metasomatism. The mantle resorption types are the same for diamonds from both of the Orapa kimberlites studied, and compare well to the types previously described on diamonds from Ekati Mine (Canada), implying similarity of metasomatic history beneath the Slave and Zimbabwe cratons. A comparison of the mantle-derived diamond morphologies to the products of diamond dissolution experiments allows assessment of the importance of metasomatism caused by carbonatitic melts vs. aqueous silicate melts in the mantle underlying the kimberlites. The nitrogen content and nitrogen aggregation state of the diamonds from the different morphological groups provides insights into the relationship

  14. Timing of Precambrian melt depletion and Phanerozoic refertilization events in the lithospheric mantle of the Wyoming Craton and adjacent Central Plains Orogen

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    Carlson, R.W.; Irving, A.J.; Schulze, D.J.; Hearn, B.C., Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Garnet peridotite xenoliths from the Sloan kimberlite (Colorado) are variably depleted in their major magmaphile (Ca, Al) element compositions with whole rock Re-depletion model ages generally consistent with this depletion occurring in the mid-Proterozoic. Unlike many lithospheric peridotites, the Sloan samples are also depleted in incompatible trace elements, as shown by the composition of separated garnet and clinopyroxene. Most of the Sloan peridotites have intermineral Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotope systematics consistent with this depletion occurring in the mid-Proterozoic, though the precise age of this event is poorly defined. Thus, when sampled by the Devonian Sloan kimberlite, the compositional characteristics of the lithospheric mantle in this area primarily reflected the initial melt extraction event that presumably is associated with crust formation in the Proterozoic-a relatively simple history that may also explain the cold geotherm measured for the Sloan xenoliths. The Williams and Homestead kimberlites erupted through the Wyoming Craton in the Eocene, near the end of the Laramide Orogeny, the major tectonomagmatic event responsible for the formation of the Rocky Mountains in the late Cretaceous-early Tertiary. Rhenium-depletion model ages for the Homestead peridotites are mostly Archean, consistent with their origin in the Archean lithospheric mantle of the Wyoming Craton. Both the Williams and Homestead peridotites, however, clearly show the consequences of metasomatism by incompatible-element-rich melts. Intermineral isotope systematics in both the Homestead and Williams peridotites are highly disturbed with the Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of the minerals being dominated by the metasomatic component. Some Homestead samples preserve an incompatible element depleted signature in their radiogenic Hf isotopic compositions. Sm-Nd tie lines for garnet and clinopyroxene separates from most Homestead samples provide Mesozoic or younger "ages" suggesting

  15. The provenance of sub-cratonic mantle beneath the Limpopo Mobile Belt (South Africa)

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    van der Meer, Quinten H. A.; Klaver, Martijn; Waight, Tod E.; Davies, Gareth R.

    2013-06-01

    Petrological, whole rock major element and mineral chemical analysis of mantle xenoliths from the Venetia kimberlite pipes (533 Ma) in South Africa reveals an apparently stratified cratonic mantle beneath the Central Zone of the Limpopo Mobile Belt (LMB) that separates the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe Cratons. Combined pressure-temperature (P-T) data and petrographic observations indicate that the mantle consists of an upper layer of Low-T coarse-equant garnet + spinel lherzolite (~ 50 to ~ 130 km depth). This layer is underlain by a region of mixed garnet harzburgites and garnet lherzolites that are variably deformed (~ 130 to ~ 235 km depth). An equilibrated geotherm did not exist at the time of kimberlite eruption (533 Ma) and a localised heating event involving the introduction of asthenospheric material to the High-T lithosphere below 130 km is inferred. Low-T garnet-spinel lherzolites are highly melt depleted (40% on average). In contrast, the High-T lithosphere (mostly at diamond stable conditions) consists of a mixed zone of variably sheared and melt depleted (30% on average) garnet harzburgite and mildly melt depleted (20% on average) garnet lherzolite. The chemistry of the High-T xenoliths contrasts with that of minerals included in diamond originating from the same depth. Inclusions suggest diamond crystallisation in a more melt depleted lithosphere than represented by either Low- or High-T xenoliths. High-T xenoliths are proposed to represent formerly melt depleted lithosphere, refertilised by asthenosphere-derived melts during the diapiric rise of a proto-kimberlitic melt pocket. This process is coupled to the positive temperature perturbation observed in the High-T xenoliths and may represent a common process in the lower lithosphere related to localised but intense tectono-magmatic events immediately preceding kimberlite eruption. The presence of clinopyroxene, garnet and abundant orthopyroxene in the Low-T lherzolite implies a history of melt depletion

  16. Komsomolskaya diamondiferous eclogites: evidence for oceanic crustal protoliths

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    Pernet-Fisher, John F.; Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Liu, Yang; Barry, Peter H.; Carmody, Laura; Valley, John W.; Bodnar, Robert J.; Spetsius, Zdislav V.; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2014-03-01

    The Komsomolskaya kimberlite is one of numerous (>1,000) kimberlite pipes that host eclogite xenoliths on the Siberian craton. Eclogite xenoliths from the adjacent Udachnaya kimberlite pipe have previously been geochemically well characterized; however, data from surrounding diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes from the center of the craton are relatively sparse. Here, we report major- and trace-element data, as well as oxygen isotope systematics, for mineral separates of diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths from the Komsomolskaya kimberlite, suggesting two distinct subgroups of a metamorphosed, subducted oceanic crustal protolith. Using almandine contents, this suite can be divided into two subgroups: group B1, with a high almandine component (>20 mol%) and group B2, with a low almandine component (<20 mol%). Reconstructed REE profiles for B1 eclogites overlap with typical oceanic basalts and lack distinct Eu anomalies. In addition, elevated oxygen isotope values, which are interpreted to reflect isotopic exchange with seawater at low temperatures (<350 °C), are consistent with an upper-oceanic crustal protolith. Reconstructed REE profiles for B2 eclogites are consistent with oceanic gabbros and display distinct Eu anomalies, suggesting a plagioclase-rich cumulate protolith. In contrast to B1, B2 eclogites do not display elevated oxygen isotope values, suggesting an origin deep within the crustal pile, where little-to-no interaction with hydrothermal fluids has occurred. Major-element systematics were reconstructed based on mineral modes; group B1 eclogites have higher MgO wt% and lower SiO2 wt%, with respect to typical oceanic basalts, reflecting a partial melting event during slab subduction. Calculated residues from batch partial melt modeling of a range of Precambrian basalts overlap with group B1 trace-element chemistry. When taken together with the respective partial melt trajectories, these melting events are clearly linked to the formation of Tonalite

  17. Common-Lead Corrected U-Pb Age Dating of Perovskite by LA-SF-ICP-MS

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    Frei, D.

    2014-12-01

    Perovskite is a very useful mineral for dating the age of emplacement of kimberlites and associated rocks. Conventionally, U-Pb dating of perovskite is achieved using isotope dilution (ID-TIMS) or ion-probe (SHRIMP) techniques, which are time- and cost-intensive. The potential of the rapid and inexpensive laser ablation ICP-MS technique for U-Pb dating of perovskite has been demonstrated recently. We investigated the benefits of single collector magnetic sectorfield ICP-MS (SF-ICP-MS) instruments for U-Pb dating of perovskite by laser ablation. To this end perovskites from two kimberlites from Garnet Lake, W Greenland, and Pyramidefjeld, SW Greenland, have been separated. Multigrain aliquots of both perovskite separates were U-Pb dated by ID-TIMS, yielding emplacement ages of 568 ±11 Ma for the Garnet Lake kimberlite and 151 ±2 Ma for the Pyramidefjeld kimberlite. Subsequently both samples have been dated in-situ by laser ablation employing a ThermoFinnigan Element2 SF-ICP-MS coupled to a NewWave UP 213 laser system. A common lead correction was applied based on the measured 204Pb intensity (after correction for the measured 204(Pb+Hg) gas blank). Perovskite from the Ice River Complex, British Columbia, was used as a secondary standard for quality control purposes. Multiple in-situ measurements of the Ice River perovskite in two different analytical sessions yielded concordia ages of 359 ±3 Ma and 357 ±3 Ma, in excellent agreement with the age of 356 Ma determined by ID-TIMS (Heaman, pers. comm.). Nineteen in-situ analyses of perovskite grains extracted from the Garnet Lake kimberlite yielded a concordia age of 566 ±5 Ma, also in excellent agreement with the age obtained by ID-TIMS. Because of the very low Pb contents in perovskites from the Pyramidefjeld (around 1 ppm) and the associated large uncertainties of the common lead correction, no concordia age could be obtained. However, the in-situ laser ablation analysis yielded a common lead corrected weighted

  18. Diamonds in an Archean greenstone belt: Diamond suites in unconventional rocks of Wawa, Northern Ontario (Canada)

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    Kopylova, Maya; Bruce, Loryn; Ryder, John

    2010-05-01

    Diamonds typically are found on Archean cratons entrained by younger Phanerozoic kimberlites. In contrast, Wawa diamonds are hosted in "unconventional", non-kimberlitic rocks that formed contemporaneously with the mafic and sedimentary rocks of the Archean Michipicoten Greenstone Belt (MGB). We studied two diamond suites that occur within the 2.9-2.7 Ga greenschist facies rocks of MGB located in the southwest portion of the Superior Craton (E. Canada). The first diamond suite henceforth referred to as the Wawa breccia diamonds (384 stones), are hosted in the 2618-2744 Ma calc-alkaline lamprophyres and volcaniclastic breccias, contemporaneous with pillow basalts and felsic volcanics of MGB. The second suite, the Wawa conglomerate diamonds (80 crystals), are hosted in the 2697-2700 Ma poorly sorted sedimentary polymictic conglomerate which is interpreted as a proximal alluvial fan debris flow in a fan-delta environment. The majority of the diamonds was found within the matrix of the conglomerate. The diamondiferous breccia occurs 20 km north of the town of Wawa, whereas the conglomerate is found 12 km northeast of Wawa. Diamonds from the 2 occurrences were characterized and described for provenance studies. Both the breccia and conglomerate diamonds show similar crystal habits, with the predominance of octahedral single crystals and ~ 10% of cubes. The conglomerate diamonds are significantly less resorbed (no resorbtion in 43% of the stones) than the breccia diamonds (8% non-resorbed stones). In both suites, only 21-24% show high degrees of resorption. The majority of crystals in both suites are colourless, with some yellow, brown and grey stones. Conglomerate diamonds had a wider variety of colours that were not seen in the breccia diamonds, including green and pink. The breccia diamonds contain 0-740 ppm N and show two modes of N aggregation at 0-30 and 60-95%. Among the breccia diamonds, Type IaA stones comprise 17%, whereas IaAB stones make up 49% of the

  19. Mantle metasomatism in the Kaapvaal Craton lithosphere: constraints on the composition of the metasomatic agent from fluid inclusions in MARID-type xenoliths

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    Konzett, J.; Krenn, K.; Hauzenberger, Ch.

    2012-04-01

    The emplacement of both group I and group II kimberlites in the Kaapvaal Craton of the Kimberley region in South Africa is associated with an intense metasomatic alteration of the country rocks as evidenced by a diverse suite of xenoliths sampled by the kimberlites mainly comprising metasomatized peridotites and minor MARID-type xenoliths. These are characterized by hydrous potassic silicates and LILE-HFSE-rich titanates. Because the metasomatic agent is not preserved in these rocks its composition has to be inferred from that of the metasomatic assemblages. Here we present for the first time data on fluid inclusions from two MARID-xenoliths sampled by group-I kimberlites of the Kimberley cluster. They provide direct evidence for the nature of the metasomatic fluids involved in kimberlite-related metsomatism. The xenoliths contain phlogopite+K-richterite+diopside+ilmenite±rutile±apatite±zircon. Fluid inclusions with 4-10 µm in size were found in diopside, K-richterite and zircon and contain L+V+one-to-several daughter phases. Investigations with the freezing and heating stage indicate two different chemical systems for the fluids: (1) H2O-NaCl dominant fluids found as L+V+S inclusions in zircon together with abundant needle-like apatite, rutile and phlogopite solid inclusions. The fluid inclusions in part occur along zircon host-rutile/apatite inclusion grain boundaries which indicates that the fluids were trapped during zircon growth. They contain 30-32 mass% NaCl and show a density of 0.87-0.94 g/cm3. Halos of tiny fluid inclusions, however, indicate that most if not all zircon inclusions are decrepitated during ascent from depth and/or superheating during entrainment of the xenoliths into the kimberlite. Using EMPA, enstatite and a SiO2 polymorph were identified in opened fluid inclusions exposed at the surface of polished thin sections. Because these phases were exclusively found in the fluid inclusions, they are considered daughter crystals. The enstatite

  20. Rapid Mantle Ascent Rates Beneath Brazil: Diamond Bullets from a Smoking Plume?

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    Walter, M. J.; Frost, D. J.

    2010-12-01

    The concept of upwelling plumes of mantle material is, for many, integral to plate tectonics theory. However, proving that plumes exist has been frustrating, and a growing cadre of geoscientists either deny their existence, or remain uncomfortably agnostic. To the uninitiated, seismic tomography can seem a game of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t, and igneous petrology a malarial fever of now-it's-hot, now-it's-cold. We suggest that diamonds and their mineral inclusions from Juina, Brazil, may provide direct evidence for rapid mantle ascent caused by an upwelling plume. Cretaceous kimberlites in Juina are famous for producing diamonds with inclusions that originated at transition zone and lower mantle depths [1]. Many of these sublithospheric inclusions show evidence of un-mixing of original single-phase minerals into composite inclusions during ascent in the mantle unrelated to kimberlite eruption [2,3]. What is not known is the timeframe or causality of mantle ascent. Diamonds are notoriously hard to date, but Re/Os dates of sulfide inclusions in lithospheric diamonds are generally Early Proterozoic or older, whereas host kimberlites are typically much younger [4]. If the Brazilian diamonds were also ancient, then un-mixing could have been the result of a couple billion years of passive upward migration in the mantle, unrelated to anything so torrid as a mantle plume. Diamond J1 from the Collier4 kimberlite has a composite CaTiO3+CaSiO3 inclusion in a core growth zone (originally perovskite) and a majoritic garnet inclusion in a rim zone. On the basis of excess silica in its formula, the garnet crystallized at 6-7 GPa (about 200 km), consistent with the un-mixing pressure obtained from the perovskite [5]. Experimental phase relations show that the original single-phase perovskite must have formed deeper, between about 300 and 700 km [5]. Thus, diamond J1 exhibits polybaric growth, having ascended some 100 to 500 km during its growth history. Many other mineral

  1. Geochemical and Isotopic Evidence for Melting and Erosion of Wyoming Craton Mantle Lithosphere Prior to 48 Ma

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    Duke, G. I.; Carlson, R. W.; Frost, C. D.

    2010-12-01

    Trace-element geochemistry of Cretaceous-Tertiary Great Plains igneous rocks supports isotopic data that reveal a sequence of digestion of lithospheric mantle followed by intrusion of dominantly asthenospheric magmas. Multiple Archean, Proterozoic, and Phanerozoic subduction events beneath the Wyoming craton concentrated Ba and K within the underlying mantle lithosphere, resulting in earliest Cretaceous-Tertiary lithospheric melts with fingerprints of high K, high Ba/Nb and negative epsilon-Nd, but low U, Th, total REE, and less extreme values of LREE/HREE. Youngest (Eocene-Oligocene) magmas were kimberlite and carbonatite, with high U, Th, LREE, extremely high LREE/HREE, and positive epsilon-Nd, but with high-T xenoliths from depths of only 150 km (Carlson et al., 1999). Importantly, in the entire Wyoming craton, the Homestead kimberlite is the only one of K-T age that has transported a diamond—a single micro-diamond discovered. The shallow low-T to high-T xenolith transition, lack of diamonds, and changing magma geochemistry, suggest that a significant portion of the mantle lithosphere beneath the Wyoming Archean craton must have been consumed prior to the ≤48 Ma kimberlite eruptions. In contrast, the earliest phase of Cretaceous magmatism in Arkansas was explosive diamond-containing lamproite (~102 Ma) with a Proterozoic lithospheric isotopic signature (Lambert et al., 1995). In Arkansas, there was no earlier subalkalic magmatism, and no evidence of slow digestion of the mantle lithosphere, although later magmatism trended toward higher positive epsilon-Nd values (i.e. larger asthenospheric component). Removal by melting of a significant portion of the Wyoming mantle lithosphere during late Cretaceous-early Tertiary magmatism, along with heating, may have helped promote lithospheric “relaxation” related to extension further west between 53 Ma and 49 Ma, followed by more facile penetration by asthenospheric magmas, an idea proposed to explain the time

  2. Quantifying the effects of metasomatism in mantle xenoliths: Constraints from secondary chemistry and mineralogy in Udachnaya edlogites, Yakutia

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    Sobolev, V.N.; Taylor, L.A.; Snyder, G.A.; Jerde, E.A.; Neal, C.R.; Sobolev, N.V.

    1999-05-01

    In mantle xenoliths, metasomatism is recorded by compositional variations within and between minerals, and by the introduction of secondary minerals. However, metasomatism has not been quantitatively evaluated as a process with respect to the fluid composition involved. Diamondiferous eclogites from the Udachnaya kimberlite provide a unique suite of samples that allow a semi-quantitative estimation of metasomatic fluid composition. The basis of this analysis involves comparison of reconstructed whole-rock compositions with measured whole-rock analyses. Primary minerals in these samples are relatively homogeneous, and permit the use of modal analyses and mineral chemistry for reconstruction of pristine whole-rock compositions. The metasomatic overprint, which is similar in all samples studied, has produced depletions in SiO{sub 2}, Na{sub 2}O, and FeO and enrichments in TiO{sub 2}, K{sub 2}O, MgO, and LREE. Secondary minerals from the samples are interpreted as the direct result of metasomatism (i.e., typical metasomatic minerals such as phlogopite, amphibole, djerfisherite, and sodalite are present in these xenoliths). Enrichment/depletion signatures demonstrate that the major metasomatic source for Udachnaya eclogites was not derived from the host kimberlite. These metasomatic agents appear to have been more enriched in TiO{sub 2}, K{sub 2}O, Cl, FeO, and LREE than are kimberlites, and may have contained significant amounts of F, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O. The high Ca contents of two samples are interpreted to be the product of metasomatism by a carbonatite-like fluid.

  3. Spatial distribution of eclogite in the Slave cratonic mantle: The role of subduction

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    Kopylova, Maya G.; Beausoleil, Yvette; Goncharov, Alexey; Burgess, Jennifer; Strand, Pamela

    2016-03-01

    We reconstructed the spatial distribution of eclogites in the cratonic mantle based on thermobarometry for ~ 240 xenoliths in 4 kimberlite pipes from different parts of the Slave craton (Canada). The accuracy of depth estimates is ensured by the use of a recently calibrated thermometer, projection of temperatures onto well-constrained local peridotitic geotherms, petrological screening for unrealistic temperature estimates, and internal consistency of all data. The depth estimates are based on new data on mineral chemistry and petrography of 148 eclogite xenoliths from the Jericho and Muskox kimberlites of the northern Slave craton and previously reported analyses of 95 eclogites from Diavik and Ekati kimberlites (Central Slave). The majority of Northern Slave eclogites of the crustal, subduction origin occurs at 110-170 km, shallower than in the majority of the Central Slave crustal eclogites (120-210 km). The identical geochronological history of these eclogite populations and the absence of steep suture boundaries between the central and northern Slave craton suggest the lateral continuity of the mantle layer relatively rich in eclogites. We explain the distribution of eclogites by partial preservation of an imbricated and plastically dispersed oceanic slab formed by easterly dipping Proterozoic subduction. The depths of eclogite localization do not correlate with geophysically mapped discontinuities. The base of the depleted lithosphere of the Slave craton constrained by thermobarometry of peridotite xenoliths coincides with the base of the thickened lithospheric slab, which supports contribution of the recycled oceanic lithosphere to formation of the cratonic root. Its architecture may have been protected by circum-cratonic subduction and shielding of the shallow Archean lithosphere from the destructive asthenospheric metasomatism.

  4. Carbonatite diversity in the Central Andes: the Ayopaya alkaline province, Bolivia

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    Schultz, Frank; Lehmann, Bernd; Tawackoli, Sohrab; Rössling, Reinhard; Belyatsky, Boris; Dulski, Peter

    2004-12-01

    The Ayopaya province in the eastern Andes of Bolivia, 100 km NW of Cochabamba, hosts a Cretaceous alkaline rock series within a Palaeozoic sedimentary sequence. The alkaline rock association comprises nepheline-syenitic/foyaitic to ijolitic intrusions, carbonatite, kimberlite, melilititic, nephelinitic to basanitic dykes and diatremes, and a variety of alkaline dykes. The carbonatites display a wide petrographic and geochemical spectrum. The Cerro Sapo area hosts a small calciocarbonatite intrusion and a multitude of ferrocarbonatitic dykes and lenses in association with a nepheline-syenitic stock. The stock is crosscut by a spectacular REE-Sr-Th-rich sodalite-ankerite-baryte dyke system. The nearby Chiaracke complex represents a magnesiocarbonatite intrusion with no evidence for a relationship to igneous silicate rocks. The magnesiocarbonatite (Σ REE up to 1.3 wt%) shows strong HREE depletion, i.e. unusually high La/Yb ratios (520 1,500). Calciocarbonatites (Σ REE up to 0.5 wt%) have a flatter REE distribution pattern (La/Yb 95 160) and higher Nb and Zr contents. The sodalite-ankerite-baryte dyke system shows geochemical enrichment features, particularly in Na, Ba, Cl, Sr, REE, which are similar to the unusual natrocarbonatitic lavas of the recent volcano of Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania. The Cerro Sapo complex may be regarded as an intrusive equivalent of natrocarbonatitic volcanism, and provides an example for carbonatite genesis by late-stage crystal fractionation and liquid immiscibility. The magnesiocarbonatite intrusion of Chiaracke, on the other hand, appears to result from a primary carbonatitic mantle melt. Deep seated mantle magmatism/metasomatism is also expressed by the occurrence of a kimberlite dyke. Neodymium and strontium isotope data (ɛNd 1.4 5.4, 87Sr/86 Sr

  5. Crustal influence in the generation of continental flood basalts

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    Carlson, R. W.; Lugmair, G. W.; Macdougall, J. D.

    1981-01-01

    The suggestion that primordial undifferentiated material may exist in the earth's mantle has recently been revived on the strength of Nd isotope data for two types of young continental rocks - flood basalts and kimberlites. The limited published data show a clustering of Nd isotopic compositions close to those for meteorites with chondritic relative rare-earth (REE) abundance. In contrast, data are presented for samples from the Columbia flood basalt province of the northwestern United States which show large isotopic variability suggestive of mixing processes acting after the separation of the primary magmas from their mantle source.

  6. Native iron in the continental lower crust - petrological and geophysical implications

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    Haggerty, S.E.; Toft, P.B.

    1985-08-01

    Lower crustal granulite xenoliths recovered from a kimberlite pipe in western Africa contain native iron (Fe) as a decomposition product of garnet and ilmenite. Magnetic measurements show that less than 0.1 percent (by volume) of iron metal is present. Data from geothermometry and oxygen geobarometry indicate that the oxide and metal phases equilibrated between iron-wuestite and magnetite-wuestite buffers, which may represent the oxidation state of the continental lower crust, and the depleted lithospheric upper mantle. Ferromagnetic native iron could be stable to a depth of about 95 kilometers and should be considered in the interpretation of long-wavelength static magnetic anomalies. 32 references.

  7. The mantle of Mars - Some possible geological implications of its high density

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    Mcgetchin, T. R.; Smyth, J. R.

    1978-01-01

    The high density of the Martian mantle probably implies an iron-rich composition expressed by a higher concentration of FeO than that in the earth's mantle. Examination of high-pressure mineralogies suggests that the model Martian mantle has an oxide-garnet wehrlite phase assemblage. This mantle model would be likely to yield ultrabasic (ferrobasaltic) melts of very low viscosity. The prevalence of low-viscosity material is consistent with large eruption rate and copious lava flow on the planet. Furthermore, ferro-kimberlite volcanic ash may be an abundant constituent in the Martian soil, especially if there was much volatile material within the early accreting Mars.

  8. Potassium:rubidium ratio in ultramafic rocks: differentiation history of the upper mantle.

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    Stueber, A M; Murthy, V R

    1966-08-12

    The increase in K:Rb ratio with decrease in potassium content found in basaltic rocks does not seem to apply to ultramafic rocks. The ratios in a series of alpine ultramafic rocks and ultramafic inclusions in basals and kimberlite pipes are about 200 to 500-significantly lower than those in oceanic tholeiites. This characteristic of ultramafic rocks appears to be consistent with a simplified model in which early differentiation of the primitive mantle led to formation of an upper mantle region enriched in alkali elements and having a low K:Rb ratio. Alpine ultramafic rocks may be residuals from such an upper mantle region. PMID:17791130

  9. Ultradeep (greater than 300 kilometers), ultramafic upper mantle xenoliths.

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    Haggerty, S E; Sautter, V

    1990-05-25

    Geophysical discontinuities in Earth's upper mantle and experimental data predict the structural transformation of pyroxene to garnet and the solid-state dissolution of pyroxene into garnet with increasing depth. These predictions are indirectly verified by omphacitic pyroxene exsolution in pyropic garnet-bearing xenoliths from a diamondiferous kimberlite. Conditions for silicon in octahedral sites in the original garnets are met at pressures greater than 130 kilobars, placing the origin of these xenoliths at depths of 300 to 400 kilometers. These ultradeep xenoliths support the theory that the 400-km seismic discontinuity is marked by a transition from peridotite to eclogite. PMID:17745405

  10. Signs of continental rifting in the southwestern Japanese Island Arc

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    Chernysheva, E. A.; Eroshenko, D. V.

    2016-03-01

    The southwestern margin of the Japan Arc evolved in the geodynamic regime of continental rifting during the Miocene-Pleistocene. This has been verified by broad manifestations of metasomatosis of mantle peridotites that underlie the lithosphere of the Japan Islands and by episodes of deep magmatism (kimberlites and melilitites) in the region. The high enrichment of deep melts in incompatible rare and rare earth elements is partially preserved in melts of regional basalts from smaller depths. In contrast, spreading basalts of the Sea of Japan and subduction basalts from the Nankai trench at the boundary with the Philippine Plate are extremely depleted in rare elements.

  11. Os, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope systematics of southern African peridotite xenoliths - Implications for the chemical evolution of subcontinental mantle

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    Walker, R. J.; Carlson, R. W.; Shirey, S. B.; Boyd, F. R.

    1989-01-01

    Isotope analyses of Os, Sr, Nd, and Pb elements were caried out on twelve peridotite xenoliths from the Jagersfontein, Letseng-la-terae, Thaba Patsoa, Mothae, and Premier kimberlites of southern Africa, to investigate the timing and the nature of melt extraction from the continental lithosphere and its relation to the continent formation and stabilization. The distinct Os and Pb isotopic characteristics found in these samples suggested that both the low- and the high-temperature peridotites reside in an ancient stable lithospheric 'keel' to the craton that has been isolated from chemical exchange with the sublithospheric mantle for time periods in excess of 2 Ga.

  12. First finding of burkeite in melt inclusions in olivine from sheared lherzolite xenoliths.

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    Korsakov, Andrey V; Golovin, Alexander V; De Gussem, Kris; Sharygin, Igor S; Vandenabeele, Peter

    2009-08-01

    For the first time burkeite was observed as a daughter phase in the melt inclusions in olivine by Raman spectroscopy. The olivine comes from sheared lherzolite xenoliths from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite pipe (Yakutia, Russia). This anhydrous sulfate-carbonate mineral (Na(6)(CO(3))(SO(4))(2)) is generally considered to be a characteristic mineral in saline soils or in continental lacustrine evaporite deposits. Recently, however, this mineral was identified in hydrothermal fluids. Our observations indicate that burkeite can also be formed from a mantle-derived melt. PMID:19058996

  13. Ilmenite-orthopyroxene intergrowths from the moon and the Skaergaard intrusion

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    Haselton, J. D.; Nash, W. P.

    1975-01-01

    Myrmekitic or eutectic-like intergrowths of ilmenite and orthopyroxene, which texturally resemble intergrowths from nodules in kimberlites have been observed in lunar breccia 60016,92 and in 'Lower Zone' a of the Skaergaard intrusion. The lunar sample is similar in mineral chemistry to kimberlife occurrences, while the Skaergaard sample is not as Mg-rich. In all cases, however, there is a systematic distribution of Mg between orthopyroxene and ilmenite. The similar textures were formed by different processes: the lunar intergrowth is probably a eutectic-type texture resulting from crystallization of a melt, while the Skaergaard intergrowth formed by a process of sub-solidus oxidation.

  14. Native iron in the continental lower crust - Petrological and geophysical implications

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    Haggerty, S. E.; Toft, P. B.

    1985-01-01

    Lower crustal granulite xenoliths recovered from a kimberlite pipe in western Africa contain native iron (Fe) as a decomposition product of garnet and ilmenite. Magnetic measurements show that less than 0.1 percent (by volume) of iron metal is present. Data from geothermometry and oxygen geobarometry indicate that the oxide and metal phases equilibrated between iron-wuestite and magnetite-wuestite buffers, which may represent the oxidation state of the continental lower crust, and the depleted lithospheric upper mantle. Ferromagnetic native iron could be stable to a depth of about 95 kilometers and should be considered in the interpretation of long-wavelength static magnetic anomalies.

  15. Uranium and other element analyses of igneous rocks of Arkansas

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    Steele, K.F.

    1982-05-01

    Seventy-six samples of igneous rocks representing a variety of rock types and locations in Arkansas were analyzed by neutron activation analysis for the elements U, Th, Na, Al, Sc, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, La, Ce, Sm, Eu, Dy, Yb, Lu, and Hf. Samples were collected from the major igneous intrusions at Granite Mountain, Bauxite, Magnet Cove, Potash Sulfur Springs, and Murfreesboro, representing various syenites, lamprophyres, carbonatite, kimberlite, and periodotite. To make the data available for public use without further delay, this report is being issued without the normal technical and copy editing.

  16. Discovery of impact diamonds in a Fennoscandian crater and evidence for their genesis by solid-state transformation

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    Langenhorst, Falko; Shafranovsky, George I.; Masaitis, Victor L.; Koivisto, Marjatta

    1999-08-01

    We report here the first discovery of impact diamonds on the Fennoscandian shield, in the deeply eroded Lappajärvi impact structure, Finland. The tabular morphology and microstructural twin bands provide evidence for the solid-state transformation of graphite to form these diamonds within <1 s. Strong corrosion and coating of surfaces with amorphous carbon may result from the thermal interaction of the diamonds with enclosing impact melt. Because of their unique characteristics, impact diamonds can be easily distinguished from kimberlitic diamonds. In general, durable impact diamonds may thus serve as indicators of ancient impact horizons that could mark biological and climatic catastrophes in Earth's history.

  17. A review of selected ground penetrating radar applications to mineral resource evaluations

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    Francke, Jan

    2012-06-01

    Since the commercialisation of ground penetrating radar (GPR) in the 1970s, the technology has been relegated to niche applications in the mining industry. Advances in radar technology, such as flexible collinear antennas and the integration of live differential GPS positioning, have spurred GPR's acceptance in recent years as a standard exploration method for a number of deposit types. Provided herein is an overview of commercialised GPR applications for surface mineral resource evaluations, covering examples of alluvial channels, nickel and bauxitic laterites, iron ore deposits, mineral sands, coal and kimberlites.

  18. Paleomagnetic studies of volcanic rocks in Siberia and sedimentary rocks in Southern Alberta: From long-term geomagnetic field variations to age determinations

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    Blanco Acuna, Dunia

    Paleomagnetism is a fundamental tool to understand the ancient variations of Earth's magnetic field through time. Important applications to geochronology and paleography come from interpreting the variations of the planetary magnetic vector. This dissertation explores the different applications of paleomagnetism to uncover important characteristics of the paleointensity magnetic field during the Permo-Triassic boundary and the nature of the apparent polar wander path (APWP) of Siberia, and to create geochronological frameworks for kimberlites in the Siberian platform and for sediments at the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Detailed absolute paleointensity measurements from Permo-Triassic sills at the Siberian platform are studied to determine the existence of a low dipole field, which has been previously reported in the area. We found a mean virtual dipolar moment value of 6.01 +/- 1.45 x 1022 Am 2 which is over 50% higher than the results previously obtained by other authors. Diamondiferous kimberlite pipes are exposed across the north-central part of the Siberian platform. The age of the magmatic activity cannot be clearly determined from isotopic age data---this is the reason why new paleomagnetic poles from four kimberlite pipes are obtained to study their paleomagnetic age. On the basis of a comparison with the Siberian APWP, we estimate the age of the kimberlite magmatism. The acquired paleomagnetic ages span from the Early Silurian to the Middle Late Jurassic. Magnetostratigraphic analysis is used as a dating tool on three deep drilling cores that penetrate Santonian-Campanian strata in southern Alberta, Canada. Chrons 34n and 33r are clearly identified from the studied sections---providing a high-resolution age boundary that creates new age boundaries between adjacent stratigraphic units. In addition, normal polarity zones are observed within C33r, previously described as reverse polarity over its entire length. Siberian APWP contains long unresolved

  19. 3-D X-ray tomography of diamondiferous mantle eclogite xenoliths, Siberia: A review

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    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Sobolev, Nikolay V.; Pernet-Fisher, John F.; Ketcham, Richard A.; Maisano, Jessica A.; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila N.; Taylor, Dawn; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2015-04-01

    Diamonds form over billions of years, hundreds of kilometers beneath the Earth's surface, and in combination with inclusions trapped within, provide important constraints on the evolution of the mantle over geological time. Diamonds are generally studied as individual crystals sourced from highly explosive kimberlite pipes, which entrain and subsequently disaggregate mantle fragments (xenoliths) en route to the surface. This has resulted in a general absence of robust textural descriptions of diamonds relative to their hosting mantle protolith. The textural associations of diamonds within their mantle host rocks are reviewed here on the basis of a compilation of X-ray tomographic data for 17 diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths from Siberian kimberlites. This review represents a comprehensive description of diamonds relative to their host silicates. The lack of such descriptions in previous studies is largely due to the rarity of these xenoliths, the difficulty in preparing petrographic thin sections containing diamonds, and their high-monetary value. High-resolution computed X-ray tomography (HRCXT) produces up to 1200 sequential 2-D slices through individual xenoliths, each of which represents a 'pseudo thin-section' with a resolution on the order of 5-20 μm. The improved resolution of X-ray imaging in recent studies allows for the identification of not only primary minerals, but metasomatic minerals assemblages, including: 'spongy' textured clinopyroxene, phlogopite/K-richterite, and hercynitic spinel, allowing for the delineation of distinct metasomatic pathways through the xenoliths and their relationship to diamonds. Diamonds are observed in three distinct textural settings, potentially representing several temporally distinct diamond growth events, these setting includes: (1) diamonds completely enclosed in garnet; (2) diamonds associated with highly embayed silicate grain boundaries; and (3) diamonds contained within distinct metasomatic 'plumbing

  20. Carbon isotope ratios and impurities in diamonds from Southern Africa

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    Kidane, Abiel; Koch-Müller, Monika; Morales, Luiz; Wiedenbeck, Michael; De Wit, Maarten

    2015-04-01

    We are investigating the sources of diamonds from southern Africa by studying both their carbon isotopic composition and chemical impurities. Our samples include macro-sized diamonds from River Ranch kimberlite in Zimbabwe and the Helam and Klipspringer kimberlitic deposits from South Africa, as well as micro-sized diamonds from Klipspringer and Premier kimberlites in South Africa. We have characterized the samples for their structurally bounded nitrogen, hydrogen and platelets defect using a Fourier Transmission Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Using the DiaMap routine, open source software (Howell et al., 2012), IR spectra were deconvulated and quantified for their nitrogen (A, B and D components) and hydrogen contents. High to moderate nitrogen concentrations (1810 to 400 µg/g; 400 to 50 µg/g respectively) were found in diamonds from Klipspringer and Helam. Moderate to low (<50 µg/g) nitrogen concentrations were observed in diamonds from Premier and River Ranch. Type II diamonds, i.e. diamonds with no N impurities, which are presumed to have been derived from ultramafic sources, are found in the River Ranch deposit. The macro- and micro-size diamonds from the Klipspringer deposit display similar nitrogen defects, with higher nitrogen concentration and more frequent D components found in the macro-size diamonds. One of the first steps towards reliable carbon isotope studies is the development of calibration materials for SIMS carbon isotopic analyses. We have investigated candidate materials both from a polycrystalline synthetic diamond sheet and two natural gem quality diamonds from Juina (Brazil). Electron-based images of the synthetic diamond sheet, obtained using GFZ Potsdam's dual beam FIB instrument, show many diamond grains with diameters greater than 35 µm. SIMS testing of the isotopic homogeneity of the back and front sides of the synthetic sheets reveal similar 13C/12C ratio within a RSD of <1 ‰ . SIMS isotopic analyses of the two natural diamond RMs

  1. Mixed fluid sources involved in diamond growth constrained by Sr-Nd-Pb-C-N isotopes and trace elements

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    Klein-BenDavid, Ofra; Pearson, D. Graham; Nowell, Geoff M.; Ottley, Chris; McNeill, John C. R.; Cartigny, Pierre

    2010-01-01

    Sub-micrometer inclusions in diamonds carry high-density fluids (HDF) from which the host diamonds have precipitated. The chemistry of these fluids is our best opportunity of characterizing the diamond-forming environment. The trace element patterns of diamond fluids vary within a limited range and are similar to those of carbonatitic/kimberlitic melts that originate from beneath the lithospheric mantle. A convecting mantle origin for the fluid is also implied by C isotopic compositions and by a preliminary Sr isotopic study (Akagi, T., Masuda, A., 1988. Isotopic and elemental evidence for a relationship between kimberlite and Zaire cubic diamonds. Nature 336, 665-667.). Nevertheless, the major element chemistry of HDFs is very different from that of kimberlites and carbonatites, varying widely and being characterized by extreme K enrichment (up to ˜ 39 wt.% on a water and carbonate free basis) and high volatile contents. The broad spectrum of major element compositions in diamond-forming fluids has been related to fluid-rock interaction and to immiscibility processes. Elemental signatures can be easily modified by a variety of mantle processes whereas radiogenic isotopes give a clear fingerprint of the time-integrated evolution of the fluid source region. Here we present the results of the first multi radiogenic-isotope (Sr, Nd, Pb) and trace element study on fluid-rich diamonds, implemented using a newly developed off-line laser sampling technique. The data are combined with N and C isotope analysis of the diamond matrix to better understand the possible sources of fluid involved in the formation of these diamonds. Sr isotope ratios vary significantly within single diamonds. The highly varied but unsupported Sr isotope ratios cannot be explained by immiscibility processes or fluid-mineral elemental fractionations occurring at the time of diamond growth. Our results demonstrate the clear involvement of a mixed fluid, with one component originating from ancient

  2. Imaging the mantle lithosphere of the Precambrian Grenville Province: large-scale electrical resistivity structures

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    Adetunji, Ademola Q.; Ferguson, Ian J.; Jones, Alan G.

    2015-05-01

    The resistivity structure of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Proterozoic Grenville Province in southern Ontario, Canada is investigated using 84 magnetotelluric (MT) sites divided into four profiles. Depth-based regional geoelectric dimensionality analyses of the MT responses indicate that the mantle lithosphere north of Lake Ontario can be subdivided into upper (45-150 km) and deeper (>200 km) lithospheric mantle layers with regional strike azimuths of N85°E (±5°) and N65°E (±5°), respectively. MT responses from the Grenville Front and the northwest part of the Central Gneiss Belt are compatible with the presence of 2-D resistivity structures but farther to the southeast, in the southeast part of the Central Gneiss Belt and Central Metasedimentary Belt, they suggest the presence of localized 3-D structures. 2-D inversion of distortion-free MT responses images a large scale very resistive (>20 000 Ω m) region that extends 300 km southeast of the Grenville Front and for at least 800 km along-strike in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Grenville Province. This feature is interpreted to be Superior Province lithosphere and the corresponding N85°E geoelectric strike to be associated with the fabric of the Superior Province. The base of the resistor reaches depths of 280 km on two of the three MT profiles north of Lake Ontario and this depth is interpreted to be the base of the lithosphere. A large region of enhanced conductivity in the lower lithosphere, spatially correlated with decreased seismic velocity, is bounded to the northwest by a subvertical resistivity anomaly located near the Kirkland Lake and Cobalt kimberlite fields. The enhanced conductivity in the lower lithosphere is attributed to refertilization by fluids associated with Cretaceous kimberlite magmatism and can be explained by water content in olivine of 50 wt ppm in background areas with higher values in a localized anomaly beneath the kimberlite fields. Farther to the southeast the

  3. Deep mantle structure as a reference frame for movements in and on the Earth

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    Torsvik, Trond H.; van der Voo, Rob; Doubrovine, Pavel V.; Burke, Kevin; Steinberger, Bernhard; Ashwal, Lewis D.; Trønnes, Reidar G.; Webb, Susan J.; Bull, Abigail L.

    2014-01-01

    Earth’s residual geoid is dominated by a degree-2 mode, with elevated regions above large low shear-wave velocity provinces on the core–mantle boundary beneath Africa and the Pacific. The edges of these deep mantle bodies, when projected radially to the Earth’s surface, correlate with the reconstructed positions of large igneous provinces and kimberlites since Pangea formed about 320 million years ago. Using this surface-to-core–mantle boundary correlation to locate continents in longitude and a novel iterative approach for defining a paleomagnetic reference frame corrected for true polar wander, we have developed a model for absolute plate motion back to earliest Paleozoic time (540 Ma). For the Paleozoic, we have identified six phases of slow, oscillatory true polar wander during which the Earth’s axis of minimum moment of inertia was similar to that of Mesozoic times. The rates of Paleozoic true polar wander (<1°/My) are compatible with those in the Mesozoic, but absolute plate velocities are, on average, twice as high. Our reconstructions generate geologically plausible scenarios, with large igneous provinces and kimberlites sourced from the margins of the large low shear-wave velocity provinces, as in Mesozoic and Cenozoic times. This absolute kinematic model suggests that a degree-2 convection mode within the Earth’s mantle may have operated throughout the entire Phanerozoic. PMID:24889632

  4. Proton conduction and hydrogen diffusion in olivine: an attempt to reconcile laboratory and field observations and implications for the role of grain boundary diffusion in enhancing conductivity

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    Jones, Alan G.

    2016-04-01

    Proton conduction in olivine is directly related to the diffusion rate of hydrogen by the Nernst-Einstein equation, but prior attempts to use this relationship have always invoked additional terms to try to reconcile laboratory measurements of proton conduction and hydrogen diffusion data. New diffusion experiments on olivine demonstrate that lattice diffusion associated with vacancies is indeed highly dependent on the defect site where hydrogen is bonded, but from none of the sites is diffusion fast enough to explain the observed laboratory proton conduction experiments. Hydrogen diffusion associated with polarons (redox-exchange) is significantly faster but still cannot explain the low activation energy typical of electrical conductivity measurements. A process of bulk diffusion, which combines lattice diffusion (either associated with redox-exchange or vacancies) with the far faster grain boundary diffusion, explains the laboratory results, but does not explain the field observations with an average grain size of 0.5-2 cm at 100 km below the Jagersfontein kimberlite field on the Kaapvaal craton. Either conduction is dominantly along well-interconnected grain boundaries of very fine-grained (0.01 mm) damp (80 wt ppm) olivine grains or fine-grained (0.05 mm), wet (400 wt ppm) pyroxene grains, or another conduction mechanism must be primarily responsible for the field observations. If diffusion is the correct explanation, the conductivity below the Gibeon kimberlite field in Namibia is too high to be explained by increased thermal state alone of a diffusion process, even for such fine-grained pyroxenes.

  5. Mantle metasomatism

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    Menzies, M.; Hawkesworth, C.

    1986-01-01

    The concept of metasomatism and its role in the geochemical enrichment and depletion processes in upper mantle rocks remains contentious. This volume makes a comprehensive contribution to the study of metasomatic and enrichment processes: origin and importance in determining trace element and isotopic heterogeneity in the lithospheric mantle. It begins with a theoretical thermodynamic and experimental justification for metasomatism and proceeds to present evidence for this process from the study of mantle xenoliths. Finally the importance of metasomatism in relation to basaltic volcanism is assessed. The contents are as follows: Dynamics of Translithospheric Migration of Metasomatic Fluid and Alkaline Magma. Solubility of Major and Trace Elements in Mantle Metasomatic Fluids: Experimental Constraints. Mineralogic and Geochemical Evidence for Differing Styles of Metasomatism in Spinel Lherzolite Xenoliths: Enriched Mantle Source Regions of Basalts. Characterization of Mantle Metasomatic Fluids in Spinel Lherzolites and Alkali Clinophyroyxenites from the West Eifel and South-West Uganda. Metasomatised Harzburgites in Kimberlite and Alkaline Magmas: Enriched Resites and ''Flushed'' Lherzolites. Metasomatic and Enrichment Phenomena in Garnet-Peridotite Facies Mantle Xenoliths from the Matsoku Kimberlite Pipe Lesotho. Evidence for Mantle Metasomatism in Periodite Nodules from the Kimberley Pipes South Africa. Metasomatic and Enrichment Processes in Lithospheric Peridotites, an Effective of Asthenosphere-Lithosphere Interaction. Isotope Variations in Recent Volcanics: A Trace Element Perspective. Source Regions of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts: Evidence for Enrichment Processes. The Mantle Source for the Hawaiian Islands: Constraints from the Lavas and Ultramafic Inclusions.

  6. Fossil legumes from the Middle Eocene (46.0 Ma) Mahenge Flora of Singida, Tanzania.

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    Herendeen, P S; Jacobs, B F

    2000-09-01

    Middle Eocene age caesalpinioid and mimosoid legume leaves are reported from the Mahenge site in north-central Tanzania. The Mahenge flora complements a sparse Paleogene tropical African fossil plant record, which until now consisted of a single macrobotanical assemblage, limited palynological studies in West Africa and Egypt, and fossil wood studies primarily from poorly dated deposits. Mahenge leaf macrofossils have the potential to add significantly to what is known of the evolutionary history of extant African plant groups and to expand our currently limited knowledge of African Paleogene environments. The site is associated with a kimberlite eruption and demonstrates the potential value of kimberlite-associated lake deposits as much-needed resources for African Paleogene floras. In this report we document a relatively diverse component of the flora consisting of the leaves of at least five species of Leguminosae. A new species of the extant genus Acacia (Mimosoideae), described herein, is represented by a bipinnate leaf. Another taxon is described as a new species of the extant genus Aphanocalyx (Caesalpinioideae), and a third leaf type may be related to the extant genus Cynometra (Caesalpinioideae). Two additional leaf types are less well understood: one appears to be referable to the Caesalpinioideae and subfamily affinities of the other taxon are unknown. PMID:10991905

  7. Hf, Zr, and REE partition coefficients between ilmenite and liquid - Implications for lunar petrogenesis

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    Nakamura, Y.; Fujimaki, H.; Nakamura, N.; Tatsumoto, M.; Mckay, G. A.

    1986-01-01

    Partition coefficients (D) between ilmenite and coexisting liquid were determined under near-lunar conditions for Hf, Zr, and REE. Through isotope dilution analysis, ilmenite D values of 0.41 and 0.33 were obtained for Hf and Zr respectively, values significantly lower than those of ilmenite from a kimberlite megacryst. Partition coefficients of REE for the synthesized ilmenite are slightly smaller than those of ilmenite from the kimberlite megacryst, and the lunar (Lu) partition coefficient is 0.056. These results suggest that ilmenite was significant in the lunar-Hf evolution of lunar mare basalts. Using lunar and Hf D values for ilmenite, the Lu-Hf evolution of lunar cumulates and the coexisting magma was examined for various crystallization sequences. The Lu-Hf variation trend of most high-Ti mare basalts is explained by a small degree of partial cumulate melting, though a higher degree is required to explain the variation of very low-Ti basalts, green glass, and Apollo 12 low-Ti basalts. Apollo 15 low-Ti basalts may require chromite crystallization as well.

  8. Diamonds and the african lithosphere.

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    Boyd, F R; Gurney, J J

    1986-04-25

    Data and inferences drawn from studies of diamond inclusions, xenocrysts, and xenoliths in the kimberlites of southern Africa are combined to characterize the structure of that portion of the Kaapvaal craton that lies within the mantle. The craton has a root composed in large part of peridotites that are strongly depleted in basaltic components. The asthenosphere boundary shelves from depths of 170 to 190 kilometers beneath the craton to approximately 140 kilometers beneath the mobile belts bordering the craton on the south and west. The root formed earlier than 3 billion years ago, and at that time ambient temperatures in it were 900 degrees to 1200 degrees C; these temperatures are near those estimated from data for xenoliths erupted in the Late Cretaceous or from present-day heat-flow measurements. Many of the diamonds in southern Africa are believed to have crystallized in this root in Archean time and were xenocrysts in the kimberlites that brought them to the surface. PMID:17743571

  9. Lithospheric architecture of the Slave craton, northwest Canada, as determined from an interdisciplinary 3-D model

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    Snyder, D. B.; Hillier, M. J.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.; de Kemp, E. A.; Craven, J. A.

    2014-05-01

    geologic structures characteristic of mantle lithosphere within cratons found in continent interiors are interpreted using geo-registered diverse data sets from the Slave craton of northwest Canada. We developed and applied a new method for mapping seismic discontinuities in three dimensions using multiyear observations at sparse, individual broadband receivers. New, fully 3-D conductivity models used all available magnetotelluric data. Discontinuity surfaces and conductivity models were geo-registered with previously published P-wave and surface-wave velocity models to confirm first-order structures such as a midlithosphere discontinuity. Our 3-D model to 400 km depth was calibrated by "drill hole" observations derived from xenolith suites extracted from kimberlites. A number of new structural discontinuities emerge from direct comparison of coregistered data sets and models. Importantly, we distinguish primary mantle layers from secondary features related to younger metasomatism. Subhorizontal Slave craton layers with tapered, wedge-shaped margins indicate construction of the craton core at 2.7 Ga by underthrusting and flat stacking of lithosphere. Mapping of conductivity and metasomatism in 3-D, the latter inferred via mineral recrystallization and resetting of isotopic ages in xenoliths, indicates overprinting of the primary layered structures. The observed distribution of relatively conductive mantle at 100-200 km depths is consistent with pervasive metasomatism; vertical "chimneys" reaching to crustal depths in locations where kimberlites erupted or where Au mineralization is known.

  10. 3-D Structure of the Slave and Rae Cratons Provides Clues to Their Construction

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    Snyder, D. B.

    2013-12-01

    Deep geologic structures within cratons that make up continental cores were long neglected. Recently acquired geophysical data from large observational arrays and geochemical data resulting from exploration for diamond has now made possible co-registration of large-scale (400-km depth), truly 3-dimensional data sets. P-waves, surface waves and magnetotelluric observations provide 3-D wavespeed and conductivity models. Multi-azimuthal receiver functions map seismic discontinuity surfaces in 3-D. Xenolith suites erupted in kimberlites provide rock samples at key lithospheric depths, albeit at sparsely distributed locations. These multi-disciplinary models are becoming available for several key cratons worldwide; here the deep structure of the Slave and Rae cratons of the Canadian Shield is described. Lithospheric layers with tapered, wedge-shaped margins are common. Slave craton layers are sub-horizontal and indicate construction of the craton core at 2.7 Ga by underthrusting and flat stacking of lithosphere. The central Rae craton has predominantly dipping discontinuities that indicate construction at 1.9 Ga by thrusting similar to that observed in crustal ';thick-skinned' fold-and-thrust belts. 3-D mapping of conductivity and metasomatism, the latter via mineral recrystallization and resetting of isotopic ages, overprints primary structures in both cratons. Distribution of more conductivitve mantle suggests that assumed causative pervasive metasomatism occurs at 100-200 km depths with ';chimneys' reaching to shallower depths, typically in locations where kimberlites or mineralization has occurred.

  11. The role of liquid immiscibility in the genesis of carbonatites — An experimental study

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    Freestone, I. C.; Hamilton, D. L.

    1980-07-01

    The two-liquid field between alkali-carbonate liquids and phonolite or nephelinite magmas from the Oldoinyo Lengai volcano has been determined between 0.7 and 7.6 kb and 900° 1,250° C. The miscibility gap expands with increase in P_{CO_2 } and decrease in temperature. Concomitantly there is a rotation of tie-lines so that the carbonate liquids become richer in CaO. The element distribution between the melts indicates that a carbonate liquid equivalent in composition to Oldoinyo Lengai natrocarbonatite lava would have separated from a phonolitic rather than a nephelinitic magma. CO2-saturated nephelinites coexist with carbonate liquids much richer in CaO than the Lengai carbonatites, but even so these liquids have high alkali concentrations. If the sövites of hypabyssal and plutonic ijolite-carbonatite complexes originated by liquid immiscibility, then large quantities of alkalis have been lost, as is suggested by fenitization and related phenomena. The miscibility gap closes away from Na2O-rich compositions, so that the tendency to exsolve a carbonatite melt is greater in salic than in mafic silicate magmas. The two-liquid field does not approach kimberlitic compositions over the range of pressures studied, suggesting that the globular textures observed in many kimberlite sills and dykes may be the result of processes other than liquid immiscibility at crustal pressures.

  12. Deep mantle structure as a reference frame for movements in and on the Earth.

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    Torsvik, Trond H; van der Voo, Rob; Doubrovine, Pavel V; Burke, Kevin; Steinberger, Bernhard; Ashwal, Lewis D; Trønnes, Reidar G; Webb, Susan J; Bull, Abigail L

    2014-06-17

    Earth's residual geoid is dominated by a degree-2 mode, with elevated regions above large low shear-wave velocity provinces on the core-mantle boundary beneath Africa and the Pacific. The edges of these deep mantle bodies, when projected radially to the Earth's surface, correlate with the reconstructed positions of large igneous provinces and kimberlites since Pangea formed about 320 million years ago. Using this surface-to-core-mantle boundary correlation to locate continents in longitude and a novel iterative approach for defining a paleomagnetic reference frame corrected for true polar wander, we have developed a model for absolute plate motion back to earliest Paleozoic time (540 Ma). For the Paleozoic, we have identified six phases of slow, oscillatory true polar wander during which the Earth's axis of minimum moment of inertia was similar to that of Mesozoic times. The rates of Paleozoic true polar wander (<1°/My) are compatible with those in the Mesozoic, but absolute plate velocities are, on average, twice as high. Our reconstructions generate geologically plausible scenarios, with large igneous provinces and kimberlites sourced from the margins of the large low shear-wave velocity provinces, as in Mesozoic and Cenozoic times. This absolute kinematic model suggests that a degree-2 convection mode within the Earth's mantle may have operated throughout the entire Phanerozoic. PMID:24889632

  13. Lead isotopes and the origin of granulite and eclogite inclusions in deep-seated pipes

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    Lovering, J.F.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1968-01-01

    The isotopic composition of lead and the concentrations of lead, uranium, and thorium in Delegate basic pipes from Australia and in South African kimberlite pipes have been determined. The observed 238U/204Pb and observed 232Th/238U of eclogite inclusions in the pipes range from 2.9 to 18.7 and from 3.5 to 5.9, respectively. This result as well as the isotopic composition of lead suggests that the upper mantle is chemically heterogeneous with regard to the trace elements. Pyrochemically extracted leads from eclogite inclusions in the Delegate basic pipes and in a South African kimberlite pipe appear to be different in isotopic compositions from leads extracted from the host rock (matrix). These data are consistent with the hypothesis that the eclogitic inclusions in deep-seated pipes are of "accidental" origin and represent upper mantle materials caught up in the host materials during their intrusion. Lead extracted from a two-pyroxene granulite inclusion in one of the Delegate pipes has an isotopic composition indistinguishable from lead in the host rock. This observation is consistent either with a "cognate" origin for the granulite inclusion or with a modified "accidental" origin in which the isotopic composition of the original lead in the inclusion has been contaminated by lead from the host magma. Other evidence would indicate that an "accidental" origin be preferred. ?? 1968.

  14. Tracing origins of cratonic eclogites by magnesium isotopes

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    Wang, S.; Teng, F. Z.; Rudnick, R. L.; Li, S. G.

    2014-12-01

    Cratonic eclogites are samples of lithospheric mantle preserved beneath ancient continental cratons. Hence, the origin of cratonic eclogites is closely related to the formation and evolution of cratonic mantle. Here we report Mg isotopic compositions for 27 cratonic eclogites and 52 garnet and clinopyroxene mineral separates from Koidu, Bellsbank and Kaalvallei kimberlite pipes in South and West Africa. Whole-rock Mg isotopic compositions vary widely, with δ26Mg ranging from -1.60 to +0.17, significantly different from the value (δ26Mg = -0.25 ± 0.07) of peridotite xenoliths. Garnet and clinopyroxene in these cratonic eclogites record equilibrium inter-mineral Mg isotope partitioning at mantle temperatures, with Δ26MgCpx-Grt (= δ26MgCpx - δ26MgGrt) in the range of 0.43 - 0.85 ‰. The constructed bulk δ26Mg values based on mineral compositions are identical to the measured whole-rock values, indicating limited influence of kimberlite infiltration on Mg isotopic compositions of cratonic eclogites. As significant Mg isotope fractionation can only occur during low-temperature surface processes, the large Mg isotopic variations of cratonic eclogites suggest the incorporation of subducted materials in their protoliths. Therefore, our Mg isotopic data suggest the cratonic eclogites are the remnants of subducted oceanic crust within the lithospheric mantle. Collectively, Mg isotopes are potentially excellent tracers of the formation and evolution of sub-continental lithospheric mantle.

  15. Water contents of Roberts Victor xenolithic eclogites: primary and metasomatic controls

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    Huang, Jin-Xiang; Li, Pei; Griffin, William L.; Xia, Qun-Ke; Gréau, Yoann; Pearson, Norman J.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.

    2014-12-01

    A suite of eclogites from the Roberts Victor kimberlite has been extensively characterized in terms of petrology and geochemical compositions (Gréau et al. in Geochim Cosmochim Acta 75(22):6927-6954, 2011; Huang et al. in Lithos 142-143:161-181, 2012a). In the present study, the water contents of eclogitic garnet and omphacite were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. Garnet does not contain measureable OH in any sample. The water content of omphacite in the studied eclogites ranges from 211 to 1,496 ppm. Mantle metasomatism has modified the water content of some of the eclogites, while others retain water contents characteristic of their original environment. The OH contents of the metasomatized eclogites may be mainly controlled by the H2O fugacity and mineral compositions. The OH contents of the non-metasomatized samples are interpreted to be more sensitive to their mantle equilibration temperature, pressure, and the local fugacities of H2O and O2. The calculated water content of the metasomatic medium is similar to that of carbonatitic-kimberlitic melts/fluids. Eclogites contain more water than peridotites recorded in the literature (341 ± 161 vs 122 ± 54 ppm) and represent an important water reservoir in the lithospheric mantle wherever they occur. This is an important parameter to be considered in the interpretation of mantle processes and geophysical data such as seismic wave speeds and electrical conductivity, and in geodynamic modeling.

  16. Proton conduction and hydrogen diffusion in olivine: Reconciling laboratory and field observations and implications for the role of grain boundary diffusion in enhanced conductivity

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    Jones, Alan G.

    2015-04-01

    Proton conduction is directly related to the diffusion of hydrogen through the Nernst-Einstein equation, but prior attempts to use this relationship have always invoked additional terms to try to reconcile proton conduction and hydrogen diffusion data. However, experimental data on hydrogen diffusion through the mineral lattice only constrain the rate of proton migration coupled with defects (such as vacancies) or coupled to polarons (electron holes mostly associated to ferric iron) and not the diffusion of uncoupled free protons. New diffusion experiments on olivine demonstrate that lattice diffusion associated to vacancies is indeed highly dependent on the defect site where hydrogen is bonded, but in any case is not fast enough to explain the observed laboratory proton conduction experiments. Hydrogen diffusion associated to polarons (redox-exchange) is significantly faster but still cannot explain the low activation energy typical of electrical conductivity measurements. A process of bulk diffusion, which combines lattice diffusion (either associated to redox-exchange or vacancies) with the far faster grain boundary diffusion, explains both the laboratory results and also field observations, and infers an average grain size of 0.5-2 cm at 100 km below the Jagersfontein kimberlite field on the Kaapvaal craton, which is consistent with petrological observations on xenolith material. Beneath the Gibeon kimberlite field on the nearby Rehoboth terrane, the higher conductivity observed cannot solely be explained by elevated temperature; either there is more water in the lithosphere (approx. double), or the average grain size is smaller (approx. half), or a combination of the two.

  17. Deep Mantle Structure As a Reference Frame for Absolute Plate Motions

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    Torsvik, T. H.; Van Der Voo, R.; Doubrovine, P. V.; Burke, K. C.; Steinberger, B. M.; Domeier, M.

    2014-12-01

    Since the Pangea supercontinent formed some 320 million years ago, the majority of large igneous provinces and diamond-bearing rocks (kimberlites) near Earth's surface can be sourced to plumes erupting from the margins of two large thermochemical reservoirs at the core-mantle boundary. Using this surface to core-mantle boundary correlation to locate continents in longitude and a new iterative approach for defining a paleomagnetic reference frame corrected for true polar wander, we present a model for plate motion back to earliest Paleozoic time (540 Ma). We have identified six phases of slow, oscillatory true polar wander during the Paleozoic. True polar wander rates (<1 Degree/Myr) are compatible to those in the Mesozoic but plate velocities are on average twice as high. We show that a geologically reasonable model that reconstructs continents in longitude in such a way that large igneous provinces and kimberlites are positioned above the plume generation zones at the times of their formation can be successfully applied to the entire Phanerozoic. Our model is a kinematic model for only the continents. The next step in improving it will be developing a model for the entire lithosphere, including synthetic oceanic lithosphere. This is challenging, but we will demonstrate a full-plate model back to the Late Paleozoic (410 Ma).

  18. On the tectonics and metallogenesis of West Africa: a model incorporating new geophysical data

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    Hastings, David A.

    1982-01-01

    The gold, diamond and manganese deposits of Ghana have attracted commercial interest, but appropriate geophysical data to delineate the tectonic setting of these and other deposits have been lacking until recently. Recent gravity surveys, however, now cover about 75% of the country. When used in a synthesis of the sometimes contradictory existing theories about the geology and metallogenesis of West Africa, the available gravity, magnetic, and seismic data lead to a preliminary tectonic model that postulates rifting at the time of the (1800-2000 m.y. old) Eburnean orogeny and is consistent with the occurrences of mineral deposits in the region. In this model, diamond-bearing kimberlites formed during the commencement of rifting during the Eburnean orogenesis. Later emplacement of kimberlites was associated with the initiation of Mesozoic rifting of Gondwanaland. Primary gold vein deposits were probably formed by the migration of hydrothermal fluids (associated with the formation of granitoids) into dilatant zones, such as rift-related faults and anticlinal axial areas, toward the end of the Eburnean orogeny. At this time, the major concordant granitoids were formed, with smaller plutonic granitoids forming on the fringes of the concordant masses as partial melting fractions of the latter. Sedimentary manganese deposits were formed along the margins of rift lakes toward the end of the orogeny.

  19. Chemical and Isotopic Heterogeneities in the Deep Earth:Importance of Lower Mantle Carbonate-rich Melts

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    Collerson, K. D.; Williams, Q.; Murphy, D.

    2007-12-01

    Evolution of mantle chemical heterogeneity reflects a spectrum of processes. Nature of reservoirs has been inferred from radiogenic isotope and trace element systematics of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) and ocean island basalts (OIB) [1]. Carbonatites, kimberlites and lamproites [2-4] also sample depleted and enriched reservoirs, however, their origin remains equivocal. Secular decrease in Th/U ratio in MORB mantle (DMM), homogeneity of Th/U inferred from Pb-isotopic data, and systematic variation in Nb/Th and Nb/U ratios in MORBs [5], show that recycled components in DMM are well mixed. Thus isotopically hererogeneous domains in DMM must be transient features and are unlikely to yield HIMU and EM chemistries. Explanations for HIMU and EM OIB chemistries include involvement of: (1) subcontinental lithospheric mantle; (2) subducted oceanic lithosphere; (3) subducted sediment; or (4) an enigmatic lower mantle (LM) "plume component". Elevated 3He/4He in OIBs and kimberlites [6] and excess 129Xe and high 40Ar/39Ar [e.g., 7-8] and solar 20Ne/22Ne [9] in carbonatites indicate that they were derived from a primitive, isolated, and less degassed source than MORB. Primordial compositions show that this reservoir escaped atmospheric contamination by Ar, Xe, and Ne and pollution by 4He-rich material (from recycled 238U) during subduction. This primitive reservoir likely exists below the depth subducted slabs obviously penetrate (ca. 1700 km) e.g., [10]. That kimberlites are deeply sourced is also shown by lower mantle inclusions in diamond, e.g., [11]. Importantly, Gp. 1 and 2 kimberlites are isotopically similar to HIMU and EM-1 OIBs [4]. We interpret Gp 1 kimberlites as mixtures of HIMU and EM sources, while Gp. 2 kimberlites (close to EM-1) are interpreted as melts of a Ca perovskite-rich reservoir, possibly from slabs in the LM. We model melting of LM phases to simulate evolution of EM1 and HIMU 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, 176Hf/177Hf, 207Pb/204Pb, 206Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204

  20. Sulfide inclusion chemistry and carbon isotopes of African diamonds

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    Deines, Peter; Harris, J. W.

    1995-08-01

    Significant differences in the composition of sulfide mineral inclusions among diamond suites from Koffiefontein, Orapa, Premier, Roberts Victor, Jagersfontein, Sierra Leone, Star, and Mwadui have been found. The mode of the Ni content of the monosulfide (mss) inclusions lies between 8 and 10 wt%, i.e., between the means for mss from Siberian diamonds with inclusion of the eclogitic (3 wt% Ni) and peridotitic (23 wt% Ni) paragenesis. Considering the Ni/Fe ratios of the diamond mss inclusions and mantle olivines, together with experimental and naturally observed Ni/Fe distribution coefficients, we conclude that less than 20% of the mss inclusions of the African diamonds (mostly from Koffiefontein) could have been in chemical equilibrium with mantle olivine. This observation is in sharp contrast with the reported relative abundance of silicate inclusions in Koffiefontein diamonds (93% peridotitic, 7% eclogitic) and lends support to the proposal that a separate sulfide diamond paragenesis should be recognized. The δ 13C distributions of sulfide containing diamonds differs among kimberlites, however, for each kimberlite sulfide and silicate inclusion containing diamonds cover the same δ 13C range. Sulfides with high Ni concentrations can occur in diamonds of low as well as high 13C content. The current observations, in conjunction with other chemical properties of diamonds suggest that fluid reactions rather than silica melt equilibria may be important in diamond formation. A dominance of fluid processes would have significant implications for the interpretation of the chemical and geochronological record of diamond inclusions.

  1. Experimental study of diamond resorption during mantle metasomatism

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    Fedorchuk, Yana; Schmidt, Max W.; Liebske, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Many of kimberlite-derived diamonds are partially dissolved to various degree but show similar resorption style. This resorption style has been observed in experiments with aqueous fluid at the conditions corresponding to kimberlite emplacement (1-2 GPa). At the same time, each diamond population has more than ten percent of diamond crystals with several drastically different resorption styles, which have not been observed in experiments, and may represent partial dissolution of diamonds during metasomatism in different mantle domains. Metasomatic processes modify the composition of subcratonic mantle, may trigger the formation of kimberlite magma, and result in the growth and partial dissolution of diamonds. Composition of metasomatic agents as constrained from studies of the reaction rims on mantle minerals (garnet, clinopyroxene) and experimental studies vary between carbonatitic melt, aqueous silicate melt, and CHO fluid. However, complex chemical pattern of mantle minerals and estimates of redox regime in subcratonic mantle allow different interpretations. Here we explore diamond dissolution morphology as an indicator of the composition of mantle metasomatic agents. Towards this end we examine diamond dissolution morphologies developed in experiments at the conditions of mantle metasomatism in different reacting media and compare them to the mantle-derived dissolution features of natural diamonds. The experiments were conducted in multi-anvil (Walker-Type) apparatus at 6 GPa and 1200-1500oC. Dissolution morphology of natural octahedral diamond crystals (0.5 mg) was examined in various compositions in synthetic system MgO-CaO- SiO2-CO2-H2O. The runs had the following phases present: solid crystals with fluid (various ratio of H2O-CO2-SiO2, and in the air), carbonate melt, carbonate-silicate melt, and carbonate melt with CHO fluid. Experiments produced three different styles of diamond resorption. In the presence of a fluid phase with variable proportions of H2O

  2. Ash Aggregates in Proximal Settings

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    Porritt, L. A.; Russell, K.

    2012-12-01

    Ash aggregates are thought to have formed within and been deposited by the eruption column and plume and dilute density currents and their associated ash clouds. Moist, turbulent ash clouds are considered critical to ash aggregate formation by facilitating both collision and adhesion of particles. Consequently, they are most commonly found in distal deposits. Proximal deposits containing ash aggregates are less commonly observed but do occur. Here we describe two occurrences of vent proximal ash aggregate-rich deposits; the first within a kimberlite pipe where coated ash pellets and accretionary lapilli are found within the intra-vent sequence; and the second in a glaciovolcanic setting where cored pellets (armoured lapilli) occur within <1 km of the vent. The deposits within the A418 pipe, Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada, are the residual deposits within the conduit and vent of the volcano and are characterised by an abundance of ash aggregates. Coated ash pellets are dominant but are followed in abundance by ash pellets, accretionary lapilli and rare cored pellets. The coated ash pellets typically range from 1 - 5 mm in diameter and have core to rim ratios of approximately 10:1. The formation and preservation of these aggregates elucidates the style and nature of the explosive phase of kimberlite eruption at A418 (and other pipes?). First, these pyroclasts dictate the intensity of the kimberlite eruption; it must be energetic enough to cause intense fragmentation of the kimberlite to produce a substantial volume of very fine ash (<62 μm). Secondly, the ash aggregates indicate the involvement of moisture coupled with the presence of dilute expanded eruption clouds. The structure and distribution of these deposits throughout the kimberlite conduit demand that aggregation and deposition operate entirely within the confines of the vent; this indicates that aggregation is a rapid process. Ash aggregates within glaciovolcanic sequences are also rarely documented. The

  3. Multi-stage origin of Roberts Victor eclogites: Progressive metasomatism and its isotopic effects

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    Huang, Jin-Xiang; Gréau, Yoann; Griffin, William L.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.; Pearson, Norman J.

    2012-06-01

    Xenolithic eclogites are high-pressure, high-temperature garnet-clinopyroxene rocks brought from the mantle to the surface by kimberlites and other primitive magmas. Their origins have been controversial for decades: do they represent metamorphosed subducted oceanic crust or magmatic rocks originally crystallized in the deep earth? The answer has important implications for the definition of major Earth processes. The extensive eclogite suite from the Roberts Victor kimberlite (South Africa) has previously been divided into two types (Type I and II); this study proposes five subgroups (IA, IB, IK; IIA, IIB) based on mineral assemblages and compositions. All of these eclogites were derived from depths of 170-200 km, near the base of the contemporary subcontinental lithospheric mantle. The fresh, microstructurally equilibrated Type IIA eclogites are the protoliths of Type I, which were heavily metasomatized by carbonatitic-kimberlitic melts/fluids to form Types IA  IB  IK. All the Type I rocks show extensive textural disequilibrium, and have abundant fluid inclusions, secondary phases, and higher δ18O than Type II (IA: 5.0-8.0‰; IB: 4.1-6.8‰; IK:2.2-6.8‰; IIA = 3.5‰; IIB:2.2-3.9‰). Type I are richer in LREE and LILE than Type IIA; they also are isotopically more homogeneous, with higher 87Sr/86Sr and less radiogenic Nd and Hf isotopes. Type I eclogites give gnt-cpx isochron ages (Smsbnd Nd (103 ± 10 Ma); Lusbnd Hf (132 ± 16 Ma)) similar to the kimberlite eruption age (128 ± 15 Ma). Type IIA and IIB eclogites have unradiogenic Sr and radiogenic Nd and Hf isotopic compositions, and give a range of Proterozoic two-mineral "ages" (Smsbnd Nd: 738-1143 Ma; Lusbnd Hf: 1148-1544 Ma), reflecting some preservation of their original isotopic compositions. Type IIB are broadly similar to Type IIA, but have lower MgO; their mutual relationships are not clear. Neither Type I nor Type II eclogites are similar to modern or Archean oceanic crust when all the

  4. The electrical structure of the Slave craton

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    Jones, Alan G.; Lezaeta, Pamela; Ferguson, Ian J.; Chave, Alan D.; Evans, Rob L.; Garcia, Xavier; Spratt, Jessica

    2003-12-01

    The Slave craton in northwestern Canada, a relatively small Archean craton (600×400 km), is ideal as a natural laboratory for investigating the formation and evolution of Mesoarchean and Neoarchean sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). Excellent outcrop and the discovery of economic diamondiferous kimberlite pipes in the centre of the craton during the early 1990s have led to an unparalleled amount of geoscientific information becoming available. Over the last 5 years deep-probing electromagnetic surveys were conducted on the Slave, using the natural-source magnetotelluric (MT) technique, as part of a variety of programs to study the craton and determine its regional-scale electrical structure. Two of the four types of surveys involved novel MT data acquisition; one through frozen lakes along ice roads during winter, and the second using ocean-bottom MT instrumentation deployed from float planes. The primary initial objective of the MT surveys was to determine the geometry of the topography of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) across the Slave craton. However, the MT responses revealed, completely serendipitously, a remarkable anomaly in electrical conductivity in the SCLM of the central Slave craton. This Central Slave Mantle Conductor (CSMC) anomaly is modelled as a localized region of low resistivity (10-15 Ω m) beginning at depths of ˜80-120 km and striking NE-SW. Where precisely located, it is spatially coincident with the Eocene-aged kimberlite field in the central part of the craton (the so-called "Corridor of Hope"), and also with a geochemically defined ultra-depleted harzburgitic layer interpreted as oceanic or arc-related lithosphere emplaced during early tectonism. The CSMC lies wholly within the NE-SW striking central zone defined by Grütter et al. [Grütter, H.S., Apter, D.B., Kong, J., 1999. Crust-mantle coupling; evidence from mantle-derived xenocrystic garnets. Contributed paper at: The 7th International Kimberlite Conference

  5. Mesozoic Thermal Evolution of the Kaapvaal Craton Mantle Root.

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    Bell, D. R.

    2002-12-01

    Recent thermobarometry1 and accessory-mineral thermochronology2 studies on mantle and lower crustal xenoliths proposed a thermal pulse that affected the southern African mantle lithosphere during the Mesozoic and may relate to supercontinent breakup and associated mantle upwelling. Effects are concentrated on the margins of the Archean craton and in the surrounding Proterozoic terrains, but are not obvious within the core of the craton. In order to examine more closely the evidence for a thermal effect within the craton itself, we performed thermobarometry studies of a large suite of peridotite xenoliths from the 114 Ma Newlands orangeite (group II kimberlite). A variety of mineral thermobarometers were applied to analyses of coexisting minerals separated from fifty xenoliths. The resultant P-T arrays lie sub-parallel to those defined by xenoliths from the 84 Ma Kimberley group I kimberlites, some 50 km to the SE, but at temperatures from 60 to 120 C lower (depending on thermobarometer) at a given depth. This result, which is consistent with seismic images of a 250 - 300 km thick mantle root, confirms previous reports3,4 of unusually low temperatures, and inferences from garnet xenocryst studies5 that proposed a change from <37 to 40 mW/m2 model geotherms over this 30 Ma time interval. The corresponding depth difference for Kimberley and Newlands isotherms ranges from 12 - 20 km and exceeds expectations for mid-Cretaceous uplift5. It thus appears that the mantle root of the Kaapvaal craton has been heated, at least in the local regions sampled by Group I kimberlites, and that both the inflected and un-inflected limbs of Mesozoic group-I kimberlite-hosted geotherms on the Kaapvaal Craton may represent a perturbed thermal state of limited lateral extent. Petrologic studies on Kimberley xenoliths have documented the common presence of metasomatic diopside, phlogopite, and amphibole that are not common in the Newlands peridotites. Modal, trace element and isotope data

  6. High Water Contents in the Siberian Cratonic Mantle: An FTIR Study of Udachnaya Peridotite Xenoliths

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    Doucet, Luc S.; Peslier, Anne H.; Ionov, Dimitri A.; Brandon, Alan D.; Golovin, Alexander V.; Ashchepkov, Igor V.

    2013-01-01

    Water is believed to be a key factor controlling the long-term stability of cratonic lithosphere, but mechanisms responsible for the water content distribution in the mantle remain poorly constrained. Water contents were obtained by FTIR in olivine, pyroxene and garnet for 20 well-characterized peridotite xenoliths from the Udachnaya kimberlite (central Siberian craton) and equilibrated at 2-7 GPa. Water contents in minerals do not appear to be related to interaction with the host kimberlite. Diffusion modeling indicates that the core of olivines preserved their original water contents. The Udachnaya peridotites show a broad range of water contents in olivine (6.5 +/- 1.1 to 323 +- 65 ppm H2O (2 sigma)), and garnet (0 - 23 +/- 6 ppm H2O). The water contents of olivine and garnet are positively correlated with modal clinopyroxene, garnet and FeO in olivine. Water-rich garnets are also rich in middle rare earth elements. This is interpreted as the result of interaction between residual peridotites and water rich-melts, consistent with modal and cryptic metasomatism evidenced in the Siberian cratonic mantle. The most water-rich Udachnaya minerals contain 2 to 3 times more water than those from the Kaapvaal craton, the only craton with an intact mantle root for which water data is available. The highest water contents in olivine and orthopyroxene in this study (>= 300 ppm) are found at the bottom of the lithosphere (> 6.5 GPa). This is in contrast with the Kaapvaal craton where the olivines of peridotites equilibrated at > 6.4 GPa have < 1 ppm H2O. The latter "dry" olivine may make the base of the Kaapvaal cratonic root strong and thus protects it from erosion by the convective mantle The calculated viscosity for water-rich Udachnaya peridotites at > 6 GPa is lower or similar (8.4× 10(exp 16) to 8.0× 10(exp 18) Pa./s) to that of the asthenosphere (<= 3.7x10(exp 18) Pa./s ). Such lithologies would not be able to resist delamination by the convecting asthenosphere

  7. A Lithospheric Origin for the Elk Creek Carbonatite Complex, SE Nebraska?

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    Farmer, G. L.

    2015-12-01

    The Elk Creek carbonatite complex in southeastern Nebraska is part of a widespread Cambrian-Ordovician alkali igneous event that affected much of North America during and after the break-up of the Rodinian supercontinent. We conducted whole rock and mineral Nd, Sr, Pb and Hf isotopic analyses of drill cores obtained from this complex in order to assess the source regions of the parental carbonatite magma. Low precision laser ablation U-Pb age determinations from individual zircon grains separated from carbonate-rich "syenites" range from 480 +/- 20 Ma to 540+/- 14 Ma. Whole rock Nd, Sr and Pb isotopic compositions all plot on Cambrian (~550 Ma) isochrons, implying that the carbonatites crystallized from melts with homogeneous radiogenic isotopic compositions. Initial ɛNd and ɛHf are well defined at ~+2 and ~0, respectively, while initial 87Sr/86Sr values are more variable and range from 0.7028 to 0.7058. The contemporaneously emplaced State Line kimberlites in the Front Range of north central Colorado share the same Nd and Sr isotopic compositions imply that sources of these rocks were similar and geographically widespread. Overall, the isotopic compositions are those expected from "Group 1" alkaline igneous rocks, usually interpreted as derivates from the sublithospheric mantle. Cretaceous-Tertiary alkaline rocks in North America generally belong to "Group 1" and may have originated in this fashion (Genet et al., 2014, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.). An alternative possibility is that the Cambrian-Ordovician carbonatites and kimberlites were derived from underlying, carbonated portions of the lithospheric mantle that formed after the original stabilization of the latter in the Paleoproterozoic. Nd and Hf depleted mantle model ages for the Elk Creek and State Line alkaline rocks range from ~0.8 Ga to ~1.1 Ga and allow the possibility that both sets of intrusive rocks represent melting of mantle metasomatized either during or after the assembly of Rodinia. Widespread

  8. High pressure Raman and single crystal X-ray diffraction of the alkali/calcium carbonate, shortite

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    Williams, Q. C.; Vennari, C.; O'Bannon, E. F., III

    2015-12-01

    Raman and synchrotron-based single crystal x-ray diffraction data have been collected on shortite (Na2Ca2(CO3)3) up to 10 GPa at 300 K. Shortite is of geological importance due to its presence in the ground-mass of kimberlites, and the alkaline-/carbon-rich character of kimberlitic eruptions. This investigation focuses on shortite's high pressure behavior and is relevant to the behavior of alkali-carbonate systems within Earth's upper mantle. X-ray data demonstrate that shortite's symmetry remains stable at high pressures—retaining orthorhombic C crystal system (Amm2) up to 10 GPa; diffraction data show a 12% volume decrease from room pressure, and a bulk modulus of 71.0(3) GPa. These also demonstrate that the c-axis is twice as compressible as the a- and b-axes. This anisotropic compression is likely due to the orientation of the relatively stiff carbonate groups, a third of which are oriented close to the plane of the a- and b-axes, c axis compression primarily involves the compaction of the 9-fold coordinate sodium and calcium polyhedral. The two distinct carbonate sites within the unit cell give rise to two Raman symmetric stretching modes of the symmetric stretch; the carbonate group stretching vibration which is close to in plane with the a- and b-axes shifts at 3.75 cm-1/GPa as opposed to the carbonate groups which is closer to in plane with the b- and c-axes which shift at 4.25 cm-1/GPa. This furthers evidence for anisotropic compression observed using x-ray diffraction--as the carbonate in plane with the a- and b-axes is compressed, the strength of oxygen bonds along the c-axis with the cations increases, thus decreasing the pressure shift of the mode. The out of plane bending vibration shifts at -0.48 cm-1/GPa, indicating an enhanced interaction of the oxygens with the cations. The multiple in plane bending modes all shift positively, as do at the low frequency lattice modes, indicating that major changes in bonding do not occur up to 10 GPa. The data

  9. Density heterogeneity of lithospheric mantle of Siberia in light of flat surface relief and high amplitudes of Moho and LAB topographies

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    Cherepanova, Y.; Artemieva, I. M.

    2012-12-01

    Most of the Siberian craton and the West Siberian basin lack surface relief while the amplitudes of topography variations at the Moho and at top of the basement are ca. 20 km and 15 km, correspondingly. Seismic (surface wave tomography and interpretations of ultra-deep Soviet PNE reflection/refraction profiles) and thermal models indicate significant (at least 100 km but possibly as much as 200 km) variations in the lithosphere thickness across the entire region, whereas xenoliths studies from kimberlite-sampled areas confirm the presence of ca. 50 km deep regional LAB undulations. Few published analyses of the regional lithosphere flexure indicate a small thickness of the elastic lithosphere (less than 30 km), atypical of other cratons, and thus do not favor strong flexural support of lithosphere density heterogeneities. Assuming local isostatic equilibrium, we examine the relative contributions of the crust and the lithospheric mantle to maintain surface topography. Parameters controlling lithosphere buoyancy include thicknesses and densities of the crust and the lithospheric mantle, and lithosphere temperatures. We take advantage of our new crustal model, based on a quality-controlled compilation of all seismic models published in international and Russian literature, theses and reports since 1970s. For the lithosphere thickness and temperatures (which are interrelated parameters) we examine two end-member models as constrained by different seismic and thermal models. Assuming no effect of the dynamic topography (which is a valid approximation for most of the region, probably except for its southern margins), we examine compositional density variations in the lithospheric mantle. We also examine the effect of dynamic topography for kimberlite regions, where we adopt xenolith-based data on densities of the lithospheric mantle. The results are compared to seismic data on Pn velocities which show strong anomalies throughout the region (from 7.8 to 8.8 km/s) and to

  10. A translithospheric suture in the vanished 1-Ga lithospheric root of South India: Evidence from contrasting lithosphere sections in the Dharwar Craton

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    Griffin, W. L.; Kobussen, A. F.; Babu, E. V. S. S. K.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Yvette; Norris, R.; Sengupta, P.

    2009-11-01

    Garnet xenocrysts and eclogite xenoliths from 15 kimberlites (1.0-1.1 Ga in age) have been used to map the composition and structure of the lithospheric mantle along an 80-km traverse across the eastern margin of the Closepet Granite in Andhra Pradesh. The SCLM at the SW end of the traverse is more depleted (abundant harzburgites, mean X Mg of olivine ≈ 93.5, mean whole-rock Al 2O 3 ≈ 1.5%) than that at the NE end (fewer harzburgites, X Mg ≈ 92, Al 2O 3 > 2%). The depleted layer is ca 195 km thick in the SW, and ca 170 km in the NE, though geotherms are similarly low (ca 35-37 mW/m 2). The middle of the traverse is underlain by a strongly refertilised SCLM with a higher geotherm (ca 40 mW/m 2) and extensive evidence of metasomatism. At the SW end of the traverse, abundant eclogites are tightly concentrated in a layer from 175 to 190 km depth, coinciding with a zone of melt-related metasomatism. In the central part, eclogites are distributed through the highly metasomatised section from 90 to 160 km depth. These data suggest that the kimberlites at either end of the traverse sampled two distinct lithospheric blocks, perhaps coinciding with the Eastern and Western Dharwar Cratons. The zone of refertilised SCLM between them is interpreted as the cratonic suture, metasomatised by mafic melts (now eclogites). If this suture dips 70-80° to the east, its surface outcrop lies within the Closepet Granite. The "tilt" of the proposed cratonic suture may reflect overthrusting of the Eastern Dharwar Craton crust up to 100 km to the west. Recent geophysical data (seismic, MT) suggest that the depleted lithospheric root beneath the Dharwar Craton that was sampled by the 1.1 Ga kimberlites is no longer present. The removal or major modification of this root could have occurred during the breakup of Gondwanaland, and may help to explain India's rapid northward drift. India thus joins the North China Craton as an example of the destruction of an Archean continental keel.

  11. Density heterogeneity of lithospheric mantle beneath the Siberian craton: testing geophysical models by petrological data

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    Cherepanova, Yulia; Artemieva, Irina

    2015-04-01

    Using free-board modeling, we examine a vertically-averaged mantle density beneath the Archean-Proterozoic Siberian Craton in the layer from the Moho down to base of the chemical boundary layer (CBL). Two models are tested: in Model 1 the base of the CBL coincides with the LAB, whereas in Model 2 the base of the CBL is at a 180 km depth. The uncertainty of density model is < 0.02 t/m3 or < 0.6% with respect to primitive mantle. The results, calculated at in situ and at room temperature (SPT) conditions, indicate a heterogeneous density structure of the Siberian lithospheric mantle with a strong correlation between mantle density variations and the tectonic setting. Three types of cratonic mantle are recognized from mantle density anomalies. 'Pristine' cratonic regions not sampled by kimberlites have the strongest depletion with density deficit of 1.8-3.0% (and SPT density of 3.29-3.33 t/m3 as compared to 3.39 t/m3 of primitive mantle). Cratonic mantle affected by magmatism (including the kimberlite provinces) has a typical density deficit of 1.0-1.5%, indicative of a metasomatic melt-enrichment. Intracratonic sedimentary basins have a high density mantle (3.38-3.40 t/m3 at SPT) which suggests, at least partial, eclogitization. Moderate density anomalies beneath the Tunguska Basin imply that the source of the Siberian LIP lies outside of the Craton. In situ mantle density is used to test the isopycnic condition of the Siberian Craton. Both CBL thickness models indicate significant lateral variations in the isopycnic state, correlated with mantle depletion and best achieved for the Anabar Shield region and other intracratonic domains with a strongly depleted mantle. A comparison of synthetic Mg# for the bulk lithospheric mantle calculated from density with Mg# from petrological studies of peridotite xenoliths from the Siberian kimberlites suggests that melt migration may produce local patches of metasomatic material in the overall depleted mantle.

  12. Mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Kelsey Lake Mine, Colorado, USA: Depleted Archean mantle beneath the Proterozoic Yavapai province

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    Schulze, Daniel J.; Coopersmith, Howard G.; Harte, Ben; Pizzolato, Lori-Ann

    2008-03-01

    Thirty-four silicate and oxide inclusions large enough for in situ WDS electron microprobe analysis were exposed by grinding/polishing of 19 diamonds from the Kelsey Lake Mine in the Colorado-Wyoming State Line Kimberlite district. Eighteen olivines, seven Cr-pyropes, four Mg-chromites, and one orthopyroxene in 15 stones belong to the peridotite (P) suite and three garnets and one omphacite in three stones belong to the eclogite (E) suite. The fact that this suite is dominated by the peridotite population is in stark contrast to the other diamond suites studied in the State Line district (Sloan, George Creek), which are overwhelmingly eclogitic. Kelsey Lake olivine inclusions are magnesian (17 of 18 grains in 9 stones are in the range Fo 92.7-93.1), typical of harzburgitic P-suite stones worldwide, but unlike the more Fe-rich (lherzolitic) Sloan olivine suite. Mg-chromites (wt% MgO = 12.8-13.8; wt% Cr 2O 3 = 61.4-66.6) are in the lower MgO range of diamond inclusion chromites worldwide. Seven harzburgitic Cr-pyropes in five stones have moderately low calcium contents (wt% CaO = 3.3-4.3) but are very Cr-rich (wt% Cr 2O 3 = 9.7-16.7). A few stones have been analyzed by SIMS for carbon isotope composition and nitrogen abundance. One peridotitic stone is apparently homogeneous in carbon isotope composition (δ 13C PDB = -6.2‰) but with variable nitrogen abundance (1296-2550 ppm). Carbon isotopes in eclogitic stones range from "normal" for the upper mantle (δ 13C PDB = -5.5‰) to somewhat low (δ 13C PDB = -10.2‰), with little internal variation in individual stones (maximum difference is 3.6‰). Nitrogen contents (2-779 ppm) are lower than in the peridotitic stone, and are lower in cores than in rims. As, worldwide, harzburgite-suite diamonds have been shown to have formed in Archean time, we suggest that the Kelsey Lake diamond population was derived from a block of Archean lithosphere that, at the time of kimberlite eruption, existed beneath the Proterozoic

  13. Hotspots in Hindsight

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    Julian, B. R.; Foulger, G. R.; Hatfield, O.; Jackson, S.; Simpson, E.; Einbeck, J.; Moore, A.

    2014-12-01

    Torsvik et al. [2006] suggest that the original locations of large igneous provinces ("LIPs") and kimberlites, and current locations of melting anomalies (hot-spots) lie preferentially above the margins of two Large Lower-Mantle Shear Velocity Provinces" (LLSVPs), at the base of the mantle, and that the correlation has a high significance level (> 99.9999%). They conclude the LLSVP margins are Plume-Generation Zones, and deep-mantle plumes cause hotspots and LIPs. This conclusion raises questions about what physical processes could be responsible, because, for example the LLSVPs are likely dense and not abnormally hot [Trampert et al., 2004]. The supposed LIP-hotspot-LLSVP correlations probably are examples of the "Hindsight Heresy" [Acton, 1959], of basing a statistical test upon the same data sample that led to the initial formulation of a hypothesis. In doing this, many competing hypotheses will have been considered and rejected, but this fact will not be taken into account in statistical assessments. Furthermore, probabilities will be computed for many subsets and combinations of the data, and the best-correlated cases will be cited, but this fact will not be taken into account either. Tests using independent hot-spot catalogs and mantle models suggest that the actual significance levels of the correlations are two or three orders of magnitude smaller than claimed. These tests also show that hot spots correlate well with presumably shallowly rooted features such as spreading plate boundaries. Consideration of the kimberlite dataset in the context of geological setting suggests that their apparent association with the LLSVP margins results from the fact that the Kaapvaal craton, the site of most of the kimberlites considered, lies in Southern Africa. These observations raise questions about the distinction between correlation and causation and underline the necessity to take geological factors into account. Fig: Left: Cumulative distributions of distances from

  14. Metasomatic mantle origin for Mbuji-Mayi and Kundelungu garnet and clinopyroxene megacrysts (Democratic Republic of Congo)

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    Pivin, M.; Féménias, O.; Demaiffe, D.

    2009-11-01

    Mbuji-Mayi (east Kasai province) and Kundelungu (Shaba province) are the two kimberlite fields known for a long time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mbuji-Mayi intrudes the Archean basement (Congo-Kasai Craton) and is diamond-rich, whereas Kundelungu cuts across Paleoproterozoic basement (Bangweulu block) and is diamond-poor. The megacryst suites (or discrete nodule suites) of both fields include garnet and clinopyroxene megacrysts. The pyrope-rich megacrysts can be subdivided in three groups on the basis of their Cr contents: low-Cr (0.00-1.79 wt.%Cr 2O 3; Mg #: 72.8-84.0); medium-Cr (1.93-5.16 wt.%Cr 2O 3; Mg #: 76.2-86.3) and high-Cr (5.42-7.10 wt.%Cr 2O 3; Mg #: 79.2-84.6). There are no significant geochemical differences between the garnets from Mbuji-Mayi and from Kundelungu. Polymineral inclusions composed of K-rich hydrated phases (phlogopite and amphibole), fresh glass and Cr-spinels are identified in garnets from all three groups, in both localities, which suggest a common origin. Two groups of diopside megacrysts from Mbuji-Mayi are distinguished on the basis of their Ca content: low-Ca (Ca #: 39.5-42.1; 0.61-0.92 wt.%Cr 2O 3) and medium-Ca (Ca #: 44.1-48.5; 0.41-1.09 wt.%Cr 2O 3); they differ from a third group of high-Cr diopsides (Ca #: 47.1-49.4; 1.31-2.77 wt.%Cr 2O 3). The major element compositions of DRC megacrysts are distinct from those of many other megacryst suites worldwide: the clinopyroxenes are lower in Fe and Ti and higher in Mg and the garnets contain more Cr and significantly less Ti, Fe and Al. These DRC megacryst compositions are intermediate between those of peridotite minerals and those of kimberlite megacrysts from other localities. Most garnets have "normal" REE profiles ((La/Yb) N = 0.003-0.027), whereas clinopyroxenes display relative LREE enrichment ((La/Yb) N = 5.1-43.2). The REE patterns of garnet and clinopyroxene megacrysts are similar to those from metasomatized South African mantle lherzolites. The differences

  15. Rapid magma ascent and short eruption durations in the Lake Natron-Engaruka monogenetic volcanic field (Tanzania): A case study of the olivine melilititic Pello Hill scoria cone

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    Mattsson, Hannes B.

    2012-12-01

    The Pello Hill scoria cone displays widely different characteristics dependent on which side of the cone is studied. This follows as a direct result of a strong depositional asymmetry (i.e., the crater rim varies between 14 and 111 m in height), preferentially depositing material to the northwestern side of the construct. This is interpreted to reflect sedimentation from a sustained eruption plume (with prevailing winds at the time of the eruption coinciding with the direction of maximum deposition). The scoria deposits on this side of the cone form relatively fine-grained and well-sorted deposits which are laterally continuous over distances of 10's of meters. To all other sides of the vent, deposits are characterized by coarse-grained lenticular deposits rich in mantle xenoliths, occasionally showing inverse grading (consistent with an origin as ballistic ejecta and slight reworking down-slope as grain-flows). The pyroclastic textures are dominated by a moderate vesicularity (~ 40 vol. %) in combination with smooth, fluidal, outer surfaces. Two other features that stands out in comparison with "normal" scoria cones, these are defined by the absence of: (i) inward dipping layers into the crater area, and (ii) no agglutination/welding features can be found in any of the exposed outcrops. Calculated magma ascent rates yields values between 8.5 and 36.0 m s-1, which is similar to that previously reported for kimberlitic magmas. Building on these ascent rates, and the volume of the pyroclastic construct (~ 5 × 106 m3 DRE), the eruption duration is estimated to less than 6 hours (for any vent area larger than 28 m2). Therefore, it may not have taken longer time than 9 hours from the time the magma started to ascend from upper-mantle depth (90 km) and the point at which the eruption halted. Overall, the olivine melilititic Pello Hill scoria cone displays many characteristics that can also be found in the vent-facies deposits of kimberlite eruptions. Therefore, further

  16. Complex (Nonstandard) Six-Layer Polytypes of Lizardite Revealed from Oblique-Texture Electron Diffraction Patterns

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    Zhukhlistov, A.P.; Zinchuk, N.N.; Kotel'nikov, D.D.

    2004-11-01

    Association of simple (1T and 3R) and two complex (nonstandard) orthogonal polytypes of the serpentine mineral lizardite from the Catoca kimberlite pipe (West Africa) association is revealed from oblique-texture electron diffraction patterns. A six-layer polytype with an ordered superposition of equally oriented layers (notation 3{sub 2}3{sub 2}3{sub 4}3{sub 4}3{sub 6}3{sub 6} or ++ - -00) belonging to the structural group A and a three-layer (336 or I,I,II) or a six-layer (336366 or I,I,II,I,II,II) polytype with alternating oppositely oriented layers and semi-disordered structure are identified using polytype analysis.

  17. Conditions of carbonation and wehrlitization of lithospheric peridotite upon interaction with carbonatitic melts

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    Sokol, A. G.; Kruk, A. N.; Chebotarev, D. A.; Palyanov, Yu. N.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2015-12-01

    Study of the mechanism of carbonation and wehrlitization of harzburgite upon metasomatism by carbonatitic melts of various genesis was carried out. Experiments with durations of 60-150 h were performed at 6.3 GPa and 1200°C. The data showed that carbonatite with MgO/CaO > 0.3 percolating into the peridotitic lithosphere may provide crystallization of magnesite in it. The influence of all studied carbonatites results in wehrlitization of peridotite. The compositions of melts formed by interaction with harzburgite (˜2 wt % SiO2, Ca# = 36-47) practically do not depend on the composition of the initial carbonatite. Based on the data obtained, we conclude that the formation of magnesite-bearing and magnesite-free metasomatized peridotites may have a significant influence on the CO2 regime in the further generation of kimberlitic magmas of groups I and II.

  18. Native iron in the continental lower crust: petrological and geophysical implications.

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    Haggerty, S E; Toft, P B

    1985-08-16

    Lower crustal granulite xenoliths recovered from a kimberlite pipe in western Africa contain native iron (Fe(0)) as a decomposition product of garnet and ilmenite. Magnetic measurements show that less than 0.1 percent (by volume) of iron metal is present. Data from geothermometry and oxygen geobarometry indicate that the oxide and metal phases equilibrated between iron-wüstite and magnetite-wüstite buffers, which may represent the oxidation state of the continental lower crust, and the depleted lithospheric upper mantle. Ferromagnetic native iron could be stable to a depth of approximately 95 kilometers and should be considered in the interpretation of long-wavelength static magnetic anomalies. PMID:17739375

  19. Crustal evolution and the eclogite to granulite phase transition in xenoliths from the West African Craton

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    Haggerty, S. E.; Hills, D. V.; Toft, P. B.

    1988-01-01

    A suite of eclogite and granulite facies xenoliths from kimberlite pipes in the Archean Man Shield of West Africa is described. The xenoliths include lithologies ranging in composition from komatiite to anorthosite and appear to be geochemically, petrologically, and geophysically related. The suite may represent fractionation of felsic material separated from ancient mantle and added to early Archean crust. The samples can be used to define a xenolith geotherm, which may represent an ancient episode of high heat flow. The samples also imply that the crust-mantle boundary is a gradational and possibly interlayered geochemical, mineralogical, and seismic transition. It is speculated that the depleted subcontinental mantle required by diamond bearing coalescence of smaller depletion cells formed by extraction of ancient crustal components. These depleted zones are surrounded by fertile asthenospheric mantle, which may have given rise to later flood basalts such as the Karroo and Parana Provinces.

  20. Eclogites, pyroxene geotherm, and layered mantle convection.

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    Basu, A R; Ongley, J S; Macgregor, I D

    1986-09-19

    Temperatures of equilibration for the majority (81 percent) of the eclogite xenoliths of the Roberts Victor kimberlite pipe in South Africa range between 1000 degrees and 1250 degrees C, falling essentially on the gap of the lower limb of the subcontinental inflected geotherm derived from garnet peridotite xenoliths. In view of the Archean age (>2.6 x 10(9) years) of these eclogites and their stratigraphic position on the geotherm, it is proposed that the inflected part of the geotherm represents the convective boundary layer beneath the conductive lid of the lithospheric plate. The gradient of 8 Celsius degrees per kilometer for the inflection is characteristic of a double thermal boundary layer and suggests layered convection rather than whole mantle convection for the earth. PMID:17843357

  1. Stable isotope evidence for crustal recycling as recorded by superdeep diamonds

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    Burnham, A. D.; Thomson, A. R.; Bulanova, G. P.; Kohn, S. C.; Smith, C. B.; Walter, M. J.

    2015-12-01

    Sub-lithospheric diamonds from the Juina-5 and Collier-4 kimberlites and the Machado River alluvial deposit in Brazil have carbon isotopic compositions that co-vary with the oxygen isotopic compositions of their inclusions, which implies that they formed by a mixing process. The proposed model for this mixing process, based on interaction of slab-derived carbonate melt with reduced (carbide- or metal-bearing) ambient mantle, explains these isotopic observations. It is also consistent with the observed trace element chemistries of diamond inclusions from these localities and with the experimental phase relations of carbonated subducted crust. The 18O-enriched nature of the inclusions demonstrates that they incorporate material from crustal protoliths that previously interacted with seawater, thus confirming the subduction-related origin of superdeep diamonds. These samples also provide direct evidence of an isotopically anomalous reservoir in the deep (≥350 km) mantle.

  2. Eclogitic diamond formation at jwaneng: No room for a recycled component

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    Cartigny; Harris; Javoy

    1998-05-29

    Eclogitic diamonds have a large range of delta13C values, whereas peridotitic diamonds do not. Paired delta15N-delta13C-N variations in 40 eclogitic diamonds from the Jwaneng kimberlite in Botswana show that neither the influence of recycled biogenic carbon nor the global and primordial heterogeneity of mantle carbon are likely for the origin of the large delta13C range; the data instead support a fractionation process. It is proposed that carbonatitic mantle melts from which diamonds crystallize undergo different evolutions before diamond precipitation, when percolating through either a peridotite or an eclogite. These different evolutions, reflecting the presence or absence of olivine, can account for their respective delta13C distributions. PMID:9603728

  3. Convection pattern and stress system under the African plate

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    Liu, H.-S.

    1977-01-01

    Studies on tectonic forces from satellite-derived gravity data have revealed a subcrustal stress system which provides a unifying mechanism for uplift, depression, rifting, plate motion and ore formation in Africa. The subcrustal stresses are due to mantle convection. Seismicity, volcanicity and kimberlite magmatism in Africa and the development of the African tectonic and magnetic features are explained in terms of this single stress system. The tensional stress fields in the crust exerted by the upwelling mantle flows are shown to be regions of structural kinship characterized by major concentration of mineral deposits. It is probable that the space techniques are capable of detecting and determining the tectonic forces in the crust of Africa.

  4. Diamonds, Eclogites, and the Oxidation State of the Earth's Mantle.

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    Luth, R W

    1993-07-01

    The reaction dolomite + 2 coesite --><-- diopside + 2 diamond + 2O(2) defines the coexistence of diamond and carbonate in mantle eclogites. The oxygen fugacity of this reaction is approximately 1 log unit higher at a given temperature and pressure than the oxygen fugacities of the analogous reactions that govern the stability of diamond in peridotite. This difference allows diamond-bearing eclogite to coexist with peridotite containing carbonate or carbonate + diamond. This potential coexistence of diamond-bearing eclogite and carbonate-bearing peridotite can explain the presence of carbon-free peridotite interlayered with garnet pyroxenites that contain graphitized diamond in the Moroccan Beni Bousera massif at the Earth's surface and the preferential preservation of diamond-bearing eclogitic relative to peridotitic xenoliths in the Roberts Victor kimberlite. PMID:17750546

  5. Limiting depth of magnetization in cratonic lithosphere

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    Toft, Paul B.; Haggerty, Stephen E.

    1988-01-01

    Values of magnetic susceptibility and natural remanent magnetization (NRM) of clino-pyroxene-garnet-plagioclase granulite facies lower crustal xenoliths from a kimberlite in west Africa are correlated to bulk geochemistry and specific gravity. Thermomagnetic and alternating-field demagnetization analyses identify magnetite (Mt) and native iron as the dominant magnetic phases (totaling not more than 0.1 vol pct of the rocks) along with subsidiary sulfides. Oxidation states of the granulites are not greater than MW, observed Mt occurs as rims on coarse (about 1 micron) Fe particles, and inferred single domain-pseudosingle domain Mt may be a result of oxidation of fine-grained Fe. The deepest limit of lithospheric ferromagnetism is 95 km, but a limit of 70 km is most reasonable for the West African Craton and for modeling Magsat anomalies over exposed Precambrian shields.

  6. Physico-chemical constraints on cratonic lithosphere discontinuities

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    Aulbach, Sonja; Rondenay, Stéphane; Huismans, Ritske

    2014-05-01

    The origins of the mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD) and lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) have received much attention over the recent years. Peculiarities of cratonic lithosphere construction - compositional and rheological stratification due to thickening in collisional settings or by plume subcretion, multiple metasomatic overprints due to longevity - offer a variety of possibilities for the generation of discontinuities. Interconnected small degrees of conductive partial melt (carbonate-rich melts, such as carbonatites and kimberlites, or highly alkaline melts) at the cratonic LAB, which produce seismic discontinuities, may be generated in the presence of volatiles. These depress the peridotite solidus sufficiently to intersect the mantle adiabat at depths near the cratonic LAB at ~160-220 km, i.e. above the depth of metal saturation where carbonatite becomes unstable. The absence of agreement between the different seismic and magnetotelluric estimates for the depth of the LAB beneath Kaapvaal may be due to impingement of a plume, leading to a pervasively, but heterogeneously metasomatised ('asthenospherised') hot and deep root. Such a root and hot sublithosphere may yield conflicting seismic-thermal-geochemical depths for the LAB. The question arises whether the chemical boundary layer should be defined as above or below the asthenospherised part of the SCLM, which has preserved isotopic, compositional (non-primitive olivine forsterite content) and physical evidence (e.g. from teleseismic tomography and receiver functions) for a cratonic heritage and which therefore is still distinguishable from the asthenospheric mantle. If cratonic lithosphere overlies anomalously hot mantle for extended periods of time, the LAB may be significantly thinned, aided by penetration of relatively high-degree Fe-rich partial melts, as has occurred beneath the Tanzanian craton. Xenoliths from the deep Slave craton show little evidence for 'asthenospherisation'. Its root

  7. Dichroism and birefringence of natural violet diamond crystals

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    Konstantinova, A. F. Titkov, S. V.; Imangazieva, K. B.; Evdishchenko, E. A.; Sergeev, A. M.; Zudin, N. G.; Orekhova, V. P.

    2006-05-15

    Investigation of the optical properties of natural violet diamonds from the Yakutian kimberlites is performed. A red shift of the absorption edge is revealed in the absorption spectra of these crystals. This shift is indicative of the presence of a high concentration of nitrogen in the diamonds studied. Along with the strong band at 0.550 {mu}m, weaker bands at 0.390, 0.456 and 0.496 {mu}m are revealed. It is shown that violet diamond crystals have birefringence and dichroism of about 10{sup -5} and 10{sup -6}, respectively. When a light beam propagates perpendicularly to colored lamellas, the dichroism is much larger and the birefringence is smaller than in the case where the beam direction is parallel to lamellas.

  8. X-ray topography of natural diamonds on the VEPP-3 SR beam

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    Kuper, K. E.; Zedgenizov, D. A.; Ragozin, A. L.; Shatsky, V. S.

    2009-05-01

    X-ray topography (XRT) images were obtained using a double-crystal topographic method, with a magnification system in the Laue case. The experiment was performed at the beamline station "Microscopy and tomography" of the VEPP-3 synchrotron radiation source. Two asymmetrically cut crystals in the Kirkpatrick-Baez scheme were used to increase the spatial resolution. The usage of an asymmetrically cut crystal with a magnification factor of 20 allows us to improve spatial resolution in registered images. A series of slabs of natural diamonds from kimberlite pipes and placers of the Siberian platform was examined. This study confirmed the high efficiency of the XRT method to recover information on the internal structure of natural diamonds. Together with other mineralogical data, the features of internal structure determined by this way are important to deduce the origin and history of growth of natural diamonds.

  9. Mantle metasomatism: the REE story.

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    Wilshire, H.G.

    1984-01-01

    Refractory rocks with light REE/heavy REE ratios > chondrites are common as xenoliths in basalts and kimberlites and are found in some oceanic peridotite massifs. Structural and major-element geochemical evidence from these rocks suggest that the metasomatic effects resulting in addition of light REE are local and are related to emplacement of partial melts. The melts are represented by dykes of pyroxenites, hydrous minerals and gabbro that were emplaced in mantle peridotites of various origins. Metasomatic interaction between dykes and peridotite wall rock results in light REE enrichment in peridotite and depletion in dykes relative to the original liquid. Differentiation of the intrusions and separation of residual liquids may further enhance the REE exchange and extend the volume of metasomatized peridotite. Differences in the relative abundances of altered peridotite in xenoliths and massifs are seen as a sampling problem rather than a difference in process.-L.diH.

  10. Deep mantle cycling of oceanic crust: evidence from diamonds and their mineral inclusions.

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    Walter, M J; Kohn, S C; Araujo, D; Bulanova, G P; Smith, C B; Gaillou, E; Wang, J; Steele, A; Shirey, S B

    2011-10-01

    A primary consequence of plate tectonics is that basaltic oceanic crust subducts with lithospheric slabs into the mantle. Seismological studies extend this process to the lower mantle, and geochemical observations indicate return of oceanic crust to the upper mantle in plumes. There has been no direct petrologic evidence, however, of the return of subducted oceanic crustal components from the lower mantle. We analyzed superdeep diamonds from Juina-5 kimberlite, Brazil, which host inclusions with compositions comprising the entire phase assemblage expected to crystallize from basalt under lower-mantle conditions. The inclusion mineralogies require exhumation from the lower to upper mantle. Because the diamond hosts have carbon isotope signatures consistent with surface-derived carbon, we conclude that the deep carbon cycle extends into the lower mantle. PMID:21921159

  11. Spectroscopy of Moses Rock dike using remote sensing

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    Mustard, J. F.; Pieters, C. M.

    1985-01-01

    Zeiss IR-photographs, NS0001 (TM simulator) and airborne imaging spectrometer (AIS) data were obtained for the Moses Rock kimberlite dike in southern Utah to identify and characterize the distinctive mafic mineralogy of the dike as well as the surrounding sedimentary rocks. The Zeiss and NS001 images provide information on the regional setting and allow units of the dike to be distinguished from the sediments. The AIS data are narrow images obtained in 128 near-infrared channels and provide characterizing information on the surface composition through. Three distinct spectroscopic units were found which have been tentatively identified as serpentized olivine-bearing soils found in the dike and two types of gypsum bearing soils found in the surrounding sedimentary soils.

  12. Metal films on the surfaces and within diamond crystals from Arkhangelskaya and Yakutian diamond provinces

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    Makeev, A. B.; Kriulina, G. Yu.

    2012-12-01

    Representative samples of diamonds from five kimberlite pipes (Lomonosovskaya, Archangel'sk, Snegurochka, XXIII Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), and Internationalnaya) of the Arkhangelskaya and Yakutian diamond provinces in Russia have been studied. Thirty-three varieties of metal films have been identified as syngenetic associated minerals. The films consist of 15 chemical elements that occur in the form of native metals and their natural alloys. Remnants of metal films were detected within diamond crystals. The metal films coating diamonds are a worldwide phenomenon. To date, these films have been described from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Native metals, their alloys, and intermetallides are actual companion minerals of diamond.

  13. Mineralization potential along the trend of the Keweenawan- age Central North American Rift System in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas

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    Berendsen, P.

    1989-01-01

    The tectonic and sedimentary environment of the Central North American Rift System (CNARS) provides an excellent setting for major mineral deposits. Major north-northeast-trending high-angle normal or reverse faults and northwest-trending transcurrent fault systems may exercise control over ore forming processes. Gabbro and basalt are the dominant igneous rock types. Carbonatite and kimberlite occur in Nebraska and Kansas. Concentrations of Cu, Ni, Co, Ti, Au, Ag and PG minerals are known to occur in this setting. Arkosic sandstone, siltstone, shale, and minor carbonate units occur on top of the rift basalts and in flanking basins where they may reach thicknesses of 10 km (6 miles). The potential for stratiform or unconformity-related metalliferous deposits should be considered. The rift as a whole remains largely unexplored.

  14. The Proterozoic Lena-Aldan zone of basaltic protoactivation of the southeastern part of the Siberian platform

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    Goroshko, M. V.; Shevchenko, B. F.; Gur'yanov, V. A.; Starosel'tsev, V. S.; Sal'nikov, A. S.; Zamozhnyaya, N. G.; Petrov, A. V.

    2013-07-01

    A significant part of the Precambrian basement of the Siberian platform is overlapped by a platform cover of sedimentary rocks of various thickness and is inaccessible for study with direct geological methods. However, intense Proterozoic magmatism, to which the largest mineral deposits on various platforms of the world are related, may be manifested in its separate blocks. In such cases, geological information notably increases owing to application of deep geophysical (seismic, graviand magnetometric, and geoelectric) methods. Using these methods, in the eastern part of the Siberian platform, we identified the Proterozoic Lena-Aldan zone of basaltic protoactivation extended in the northwesterly direction for 1500 km from the Aldan to Anabar shields of the Siberian platform. Ultramafic and mafic intrusive magmatism and kimberlites are widely manifested in this zone. By the character and intensity of magmatism, it is a homologue of the South African province (South African Republic, Namibia, Zimbabwe) with large and giant Pt, Au, Ni, Co, Cr, and other deposits.

  15. Results of integrated geological-geophysical investigations in Makhtesh Ramon (Israel) aimed to revealing diamondiferous associations

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    Eppelbaum, L.; Kouznetsov, S.; Sazonova, L.; Korotaeva, N.; Surkov, A.; Smirnov, S.; Vaksman, V.; Klepatch, C.; Itkis, S.

    2003-04-01

    Analysis of several geological, mineralogical, petrological and geophysical factors makes possible to select the Makhtesh Ramon erosional-tectonic structure (southern Israel) for searching of diamondiferous associations. About 200 kg of geological associations (concentrate) have been withdrawn in this area (during 2001-2002 field works) from the depth of 0.2-1 m for mineralogical-geochemical analyses. The following minerals of the anticipating diamondiferous association were revealed in the selected probes: (first group) - chrome-diopside, orange garnet, bright-crimson pyrope, picroilmenite, moissanite, corundum, perovskite, black spinel, olivine, anatase, titanomagnetite and tourmaline (including black samples). Chrome-diopside as an indicator mineral may be found only in the neighboring zone of basic pipe occurrence. Orange garnet, bright-crimson pyrope and tourmaline also are essential indicators of the presence of diamondiferous association in the studied district. Moissanite and corundum are the rarely occurring minerals indicating certain presence of buried kimberlite pipes. These minerals do not rolled and oxidized that is additional evidence of the neighboring occurrence of the indigenous rocks. Data of electronic microscopy show that the grains of (1) picroilmenite and (2) pyrope contain, respectively: (1) cobalt, chrome, magnesium and nickel and (2) chrome, magnesium and aluminum. These data indicate that both picroilmenite and pyrope have the hyper-abyssal origin. Besides above mentioned minerals, list of indicator minerals (second group) in the probes includes: hexagonal quartz, feldspars, pyroxenes (black, green, dark-green, gray-green, brown-green), magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, galenite, pyrite, limonite, small magnetic spheres (quant. matter), mica, hydro-mica, chromite, leucoxene, zircon, rutile, secondary minerals of cuprum (green and blue), calcite, etc. The last minerals (by their combined considering with the first group) are also indicators

  16. Goat paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia

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    Harms, J.E.; Milton, D.J.; Ferguson, J.; Gilbert, D.J.; Harris, W.K.; Goleby, B.

    1980-01-01

    Goat Paddock, a crater slightly over 5 km in diameter (18??20??? S, 126??40???E), lies at the north edge of the King Leopold Range/Mueller Range junction in the Kimberley district, Western Australia (Fig. 1). It was noted as a geological anomaly in 1964 during regional mapping by the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics and the Geological Survey of Western Australia. The possibility of its being a meteorite impact crater has been discussed1, although this suggestion was subsequently ignored2. Two holes were drilled by a mining corporation in 1972 to test whether kimberlite underlay the structure. Here we report the findings of five days of reconnaissance in August 1979 which established that Goat Paddock is a cryptoexplosion crater containing shocked rocks and an unusually well exposed set of structural features. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  17. Tunguska dark matter ball

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    Froggatt, C. D.; Nielsen, H. B.

    2015-04-01

    It is suggested that the Tunguska event in June 1908 was due to a cm-large ball of a condensate of bound states of 6 top and 6 antitop quarks containing highly compressed ordinary matter. Such balls are supposed to make up the dark matter as we earlier proposed. The expected rate of impact of this kind of dark matter ball with the earth seems to crudely match a time scale of 200 years between the impacts. The main explosion of the Tunguska event is explained in our picture as material coming out from deep within the earth, where it has been heated and compressed by the ball penetrating to a depth of several thousand km. Thus the effect has some similarity with volcanic activity as suggested by Kundt. We discuss the possible identification of kimberlite pipes with earlier Tunguska-like events. A discussion of how the dark matter balls may have formed in the early universe is also given.

  18. Use of airborne electromagnetic methods for resource mapping

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    Palacky, G. J.

    1993-11-01

    Airborne electromagnetic (AEM) methods complement spaceborne remote sensing techniques. AEM surveys carried out from low flying aircraft are capable of detecting geological structures not visible on the surface. The flight height of AEM systems above the ground ranges from 30 to 120 m. Most systems generate primary EM fields by using a loop transmitter; conducting coils are used as antenna to measure the secondary magnetic field caused by conductive inhomogeneities in the ground. The frequency used in AEM surveys (100 Hz to 50 kHz) allows ground penetration in excess of 100 m. At present, two types of AEM systems are widely used: helicopter, frequency-domain, and fixed-wing, towed-bird, time-domain. The most common survey products are apparent conductivity maps. AEM methods are extensively used in prospecting for base and precious metal deposits, kimberlites, uranium, and also in geological mapping, groundwater exploration and environmental investigations.

  19. Carbonatite melt-peridotite interaction at 5.5-7.0 GPa: Implications for metasomatism in lithospheric mantle

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    Sokol, Alexander G.; Kruk, Alexey N.; Chebotarev, Dimity A.; Palyanov, Yury N.

    2016-04-01

    Interaction between carbonatite melt and peridotite is studied experimentally by melting samples of interlayered peridotite-carbonatite-peridotite in graphite containers at 1200-1350 °C and 5.5-7.0 GPa in a split-sphere multianvil apparatus. Starting compositions are lherzolite and harzburgite, as well as carbonatite which may form in the upper part of a slab or in a plume-related source. Most experimental runs were of 150 h duration in order for equilibrium to be achieved. The interaction produced carbonatitic melts with low SiO2 (≤ 7 wt.%) and high alkalis. At 1200 °C, melt-peridotite interaction occurs through Mg-Ca exchange, resulting in elimination of orthopyroxene and crystallization of magnesite and clinopyroxene. At 1350 °C hybridization of the carbonatite and magnesite-bearing peridotite melts occurred with consumption of clinopyroxene and magnesite, and crystallization of orthopyroxene at MgO/CaO ≥ 4.3. The resulting peridotite-saturated melt has Ca# (37-50) depending on primary carbonatite composition. Compositions of silicate phases are similar to those of high-temperature peridotite but are different from megacrysts in kimberlites. CaO and Cr2O3 changes in garnet produced from the melt-harzburgite interaction at 1200 and 1350 °C perfectly match the observed trend in garnet from metasomatized peridotite of the Siberian subcontinental lithospheric mantle. K-rich carbonatite melts equilibrated with peridotite at 5.5-7.0 GPa and 1200-1350 °C correspond to high-Mg inclusions in fibrous diamond. Carbonatite melt is a weak solvent of entrained xenoliths and therefore cannot produce kimberlitic magma if temperatures are ~ 1350 °C on separation from the lithospheric peridotite source and ~ 1000 °C on eruption.

  20. Noble gas isotopes and halogens in volatile-rich inclusions in diamonds

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    Burgess, Raymond; Turner, Grenville

    1994-01-01

    Application of the (40)Ar-(39)Ar method and noble gas studies to diamonds has increased our understanding of their age relationships to the host kimberlite or lamproite, and of the source and composition of volatile-rich fluids in the upper mantle. The properties of diamond (inert, high mechanical strength and low gas diffusivities) means they are especially useful samples for studying gases trapped deep within the earth (less than 150 km) as they are unlikely to have undergone loss or exchange of entrapped material since formation. Volatile-rich fluids (H2O-CO2) are important agents for metasomatic processes in the upper mantle, and the noble gases and halogens preferentially partition into this phase leading to a strong geochemical coherence between these groups of elements. The abundances of the halogens in the major reservoirs of the Earth shows a marked progression from chlorine, concentrated in the oceans, through to iodine which, through its affinity to organic material, is concentrated mainly in sediments. Abundances in the upper mantle are low. This is particularly true for iodine which is of special interest in view of its potential significance as an indicator of sediment recycling and by way of its link to (129)Xe amomalies in the mantle through the low extinct isotope (129)I. Extensions of the (40)Ar-(39)Ar technique enable measurements of halogens and other elements (K, Ca, Ba, U) by production of noble gas isotopes from these species during neutron irradiation. Samples analyzed in this way include 15 coated stones from an unknown source in Zaire, 3 boarts from the Jwaneng and 1 boart from the Orapa kimberlites, both in Botswana.

  1. Water in the Cratonic Mantle: Insights from FTIR Data on Lac De Gras Xenoliths (Slave Craton, Canada)

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    Peslier, Anne H.; Brandon, Alan D.; Schaffer, Lillian Aurora; O'Reilly, Suzanne Yvette; Griffin, William L.; Morris, Richard V.; Graff, Trevor G.; Agresti, David G.

    2014-01-01

    The mantle lithosphere beneath the cratonic part of continents is the deepest (> 200 km) and oldest (>2-3 Ga) on Earth, remaining a conundrum as to how these cratonic roots could have resisted delamination by asthenospheric convection over time. Water, or trace H incorporated in mineral defects, could be a key player in the evolution of continental lithosphere because it influences melting and rheology of the mantle. Mantle xenoliths from the Lac de Gras kimberlite in the Slave craton were analyzed by FTIR. The cratonic mantle beneath Lac de Gras is stratified with shallow (<145 km) oxidized ultradepleted peridotites and pyroxenites with evidence for carbonatitic metasomatism, underlain by reduced and less depleted peridotites metasomatized by kimberlite melts. Peridotites analyzed so far have H O contents in ppm weight of 7-100 in their olivines, 58 to 255 in their orthopyroxenes (opx), 11 to 84 in their garnet, and 139 in one clinopyroxene. A pyroxenite contains 58 ppm H2O in opx and 5 ppm H2O in its olivine and garnet. Olivine and garnet from the deep peridotites have a range of water contents extending to higher values than those from the shallow ones. The FTIR spectra of olivines from the shallow samples have more prominent Group II OH bands compared to the olivines from the deep samples, consistent with a more oxidized mantle environment. The range of olivine water content is similar to that observed in Kaapvaal craton peridotites at the same depths (129-184 km) but does not extend to as high values as those from Udachnaya (Siberian craton). The Slave, Kaapvaal and Siberian cratons will be compared in terms of water content distribution, controls and role in cratonic root longevity.

  2. Mineral and Fluid Inclusions in the Diamonds from the Ural Placers, Russia

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Logvinova, A. M.; Fedorova, E. N.; Luk'yanova, L. I.; Wirth, R.; Tomilenko, A. A.; Bul'bak, T. A.; Reustsy, V. N.; Efimova, E. S.

    2015-12-01

    A study of compositions of mineral inclusions from representative collection (more than 150 samples) of diamonds from the placers of Ural Mountains was performed. Overwhelming majority of rounded octahedral and dodecahedral stones typical for placers contain eclogitic (E-type) mineral inclusions (up to 80%) represented by garnets with Mg# 40-75 and Ca# 10-56 including a unique high calcic "grospydite" composition, omphacitic pyroxenes containing up to 65% of jadeite as well as kyanite, coesite, sulphides and rutile. U/P type inclusions are represented by olivine, Cr-pyrope, chromediopside, enstatite and chromite typical for diamonds worldwide. One typical rounded dodecahedral diamond was found to contain abundant primary oriented submicrometer (<0.5 mm) octahedral fluid inclusions identified by TEM, caused a milky color of the whole diamond crystal. EEL spectrum of an inclusion has a peak at about 405 eV indicating the presence of nitrogen. Raman spectrum with a peak at 2348 cm-1 confirms the solid state of the nitrogen. This means that fossilized pressure inside fluid inclusions may be within the range of 4.0-4.5 GPa at room T. Volatile components of inclusions were analyzed by combined gas chromatography mass-spectrometry. They are represented by nitrogen (40%), water (26%), carbon dioxide (3,0%) and heavy hydrocarbons (CnH2n+2) which represent 30% rel. of all detected hydrocarbons. Equilibration PT conditions were estimated mainly from chemical composition of coexisting garnets and clinopyroxenes (35 pairs) as 950-1250oC at 5.0 GPa. However, the identification of unique fluid inclusions in one typical placer diamond allows to expand pressure limit at least up to 6.0 GPa. We conclude that Ural placer diamonds are of kimberlitic origin and are comparable in their high E-type/P-type inclusion ratios with those from north-eastern part of the Siberian Craton and in part with diamonds of Arkhangelsk kimberlite province.

  3. Adsorbent selection for endosulfan removal from water environment.

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    Sudhakar, Y; Dikshit, A K

    1999-01-01

    In the present study, an attempt was made to select a low cost adsorbing material for the removal of endosulfan [C,C'-(1,4,5,6,7,7-hexachloro-8,9,10- trinorborn-5-en-2,3-ylene)(dimethylsulphite)] from water. Various low cost adsorbents like wood charcoal, kimberlite tailings, silica, macro fungi sojar caju were tried with activated charcoal as reference material. The above materials were selected from various sources encompassing organic, inorganic, clayey, and biological sources. For the selection of suitable adsorbent for endosulfan uptake, maximum adsorption capacity (Qmax) was chosen as the parameter. Kinetic profiles of removal were generated for all the materials to assess the equilibrium time. Equilibrium studies were carried out for all materials to assess the adsorption equilibrium model that they followed. The model that gave the best correlation coefficient by linear regression analysis, was adopted for the calculation of Qmax of the corresponding adsorbent material. Using linearised forms of equilibrium models like Langmuir, BET, and Freundlich, maximum adsorptive capacities were determined. Activated charcoal showed the best adsorptive capacity with Qmax of 2.145 mg/g followed by wood charcoal 1.773 mg/g, sojar caju 1.575 mg/g, kimberlite tailings 0.8821 mg/g, and silica 0.3231 mg/g. Albeit activated charcoal gave better performance, it was not considered as a candidate material because of its high cost. Wood charcoal was the next best adsorbent with Qmax 1.773 mg/g. Therefore, wood charcoal was chosen as the best material for endosulfan removal. The study of physical and chemical characteristics of wood charcoal revealed that it is a potential adsorbent and can even be improved further. PMID:10048207

  4. Continental mantle signature of Bushveld magmas and coeval diamonds.

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    Richardson, Stephen H; Shirey, Steven B

    2008-06-12

    The emplacement of the 2.05-billion-year-old Bushveld complex, the world's largest layered intrusion and platinum-group element (PGE) repository, is a singular event in the history of the Kaapvaal craton of southern Africa, one of Earth's earliest surviving continental nuclei. In the prevailing model for the complex's mineralization, the radiogenic strontium and osmium isotope signatures of Bushveld PGE ores are attributed to continental crustal contamination of the host magmas. The scale of the intrusion and lateral homogeneity of the PGE-enriched layers, however, have long been problematical for the crustal contamination model, given the typically heterogeneous nature of continental crust. Furthermore, the distribution of Bushveld magmatism matches that of seismically anomalous underlying mantle, implying significant interaction before emplacement in the crust. Mineral samples of the ancient 200-km-deep craton keel, encapsulated in macrodiamonds and entrained by proximal kimberlites, reveal the nature of continental mantle potentially incorporated by Bushveld magmas. Here we show that sulphide inclusions in approximately 2-billion-year-old diamonds from the 0.5-billion-year-old Venetia and 1.2-billion-year-old Premier kimberlites (on opposite sides of the complex) have initial osmium isotope ratios even more radiogenic than those of Bushveld sulphide ore minerals. Sulphide Re-Os and silicate Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope compositions indicate that continental mantle harzburgite and eclogite components, in addition to the original convecting mantle magma, most probably contributed to the genesis of both the diamonds and the Bushveld complex. Coeval diamonds provide key evidence that the main source of Bushveld PGEs is the mantle rather than the crust. PMID:18548068

  5. Biological Modulation of Deep Earth Process

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    Sleep, Norm

    2011-01-01

    The Earth became habitable once CO2 could be subducted into the deep mantle. It is likely that the Earth's surface became clement or even frigid within a few million years after it cooled to habitable temperatures (less than 120°C). Early life obtained its energy from chemical disequilibrium produced by internal processes within the Earth and photolysis in the air and water. The global productivity was tiny and life did not leave a useful record. By the time of the first good geological record at 3.8 billion years, life had evolved anoxygenic (sulfide and ferrous iron) photosynthesis on both water and land. By then, the effects of life were so pervasive that it is not straightforward to infer the prebiotic environment; serpentine existed and catalysts including Ni3Fe and Pt-group minerals were present in trace amounts. On land by 3.8 billion years ago, life had bountiful energy to enhance chemical weathering to liberate Fe(II). Microbial crusts covered available landscape. Life modulates crustal tectonics by producing sandstones, shales, and carbonates that form fold mountains. Melted shales became granitic rocks with quartz. The process is a climatic buffer as it replaced (black daisy) fresh basalts with (white daisy) sand deserts and granites. The subducted produces of photosynthesis control the sulfur content and oxidation state of arc lavas. Even the mantle is strongly affected by photosynthesis. Biology determines the mantle abundances of N and C. Kimberlites (in the general sense) return CO2-rich subducted shallow oceanic crust and sediments to the surface. The chemistry of these rocks provides a record of surface conditions. It is likely that the mantle in general and kimberlites in particular sequester information on the earliest Earth that is no longer preserved in the crust.

  6. LIMA U-Pb ages link lithospheric mantle metasomatism to Karoo magmatism beneath the Kimberley region, South Africa

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    Giuliani, Andrea; Phillips, David; Maas, Roland; Woodhead, Jon D.; Kendrick, Mark A.; Greig, Alan; Armstrong, Richard A.; Chew, David; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Fiorentini, Marco L.

    2014-09-01

    The Karoo igneous rocks (174-185 Ma) of southern Africa represent one of the largest continental flood basalt provinces on Earth. Available evidence indicates that Karoo magmas either originated in the asthenosphere and were extensively modified by interaction with the lithospheric mantle prior to emplacement in the upper crust; or were produced by partial melting of enriched mantle lithosphere. However, no direct evidence of interaction by Karoo melts (or their precursors) with lithospheric mantle rocks has yet been identified in the suites of mantle xenoliths sampled by post-Karoo kimberlites in southern Africa. Here we report U-Pb ages for lindsleyite-mathiasite (LIMA) titanate minerals (crichtonite series) from three metasomatised, phlogopite and clinopyroxene-rich peridotite xenoliths from the ∼84 Ma Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa), located in the southern part of the Karoo magmatic province. The LIMA minerals appear to have formed during metasomatism of the lithospheric mantle by fluids enriched in HFSE (Ti, Zr, Hf, Nb), LILE (K, Ba, Ca, Sr) and LREE. LIMA U-Pb elemental and isotopic compositions were measured in situ by LA-ICP-MS methods, and potential matrix effects were evaluated by solution-mode analysis of mineral separates. LIMA minerals from the three samples yielded apparent U-Pb ages of 177±12 Ma, 178±29 Ma and 190±24 Ma (±2σ). A single zircon grain extracted from the ∼190 Ma LIMA-bearing sample produced a similar U-Pb age of 184±6 Ma, within uncertainty of the LIMA ages. These data provide the first robust evidence of fluid enrichment in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Kimberley region at ∼180-190 Ma, and suggest causation of mantle metasomatism by Karoo melts or their precursor(s). The results further indicate that U-Pb dating of LIMA minerals provides a new, accurate tool for dating metasomatic events in the lithospheric mantle.

  7. Phanerozoic surface history of the Slave craton

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    Ault, Alexis K.; Flowers, Rebecca M.; Bowring, Samuel A.

    2013-09-01

    apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe) thermochronometry data and key geologic constraints from Slave craton kimberlites are used to develop a model for the Phanerozoic burial, unroofing, and hypsometric history of the northwestern Canadian shield. AHe dates range from 210 ± 13 to 382 ± 79 Ma, are older in the eastern Slave craton and decrease westward, and resolve the spatial extent, thickness, and history of now-denuded sedimentary units. Results indicate Paleozoic heating to temperatures ≥85-90°C, suggesting regional burial beneath ≥2.8 km of strata while the region was at sea level, followed by the westward migration of unroofing across the craton. This Paleozoic-Mesozoic history does not correlate with sea level change, instead requiring Paleozoic subsidence of the craton followed by surface uplift. The AHe data restrict Cretaceous burial to ≤1.6 km, followed by unroofing, Eocene terrestrial sediment deposition, and removal of Phanerozoic sedimentary cover across the region by present day. The craton underwent ≥300 m of post-100 Ma elevation gain, based on ~100 Ma marine sedimentary xenoliths entrained in ~75-45 Ma kimberlites at modern elevations of 550-600 m. The transition from Paleozoic-Mesozoic subsidence to surface uplift may signal a change from predominantly northern (Franklinian-Innuitian) to western (Canadian Cordillera) plate boundary controls on continental interior processes, with the latter driving the east-to-west wave of unroofing. Canadian Cordillera evolution also affected the Cretaceous-early Tertiary history. Dynamic topography due to changing mantle flow regimes and proximity to sediment sources influenced the Phanerozoic surface evolution of the northwestern Canadian shield.

  8. Mantle-related carbonados? Geochemical insights from diamonds from the Dachine komatiite (French Guiana)

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    Cartigny, P.

    2010-08-01

    Carbonado is a unique type of polycrystalline diamond characterised, among others, by 13C-depleted isotope compositions (δ 13C ˜ -25‰ vs. PDB), little advanced nitrogen aggregation (Ib-IaA) and sintered (ceramic-like) diamond grains. Its origin remains an enigma, with models proposing a formation either in the Earth's crust or even within an exploding super-nova. The possibility that carbonado formed in the Earth's mantle is often rejected because diamond with carbonado-like geochemical features has never been found in rocks, such as kimberlites, that carry diamonds from the mantle. In this study, it is shown that the C- and N- stable isotope compositions, nitrogen contents and nitrogen speciation of diamonds from the Dachine komatiite (French Guyana) exhibit unambiguous similarities with carbonados. These include C-isotopes (from -32.6 to + 0.15‰, mode at ˜-27‰), N-aggregation (only Ib-IaA diamonds, from 2 to 76% of N-pairs) and N-isotopes (from -4.1 to + 6.9‰, average ˜ + 2.1 ± 2.9‰), which all strikingly match the carbonado data. This evidence illustrates that the main geochemical arguments usually called to reject a mantle origin of carbonado are no longer valid. A model linking carbonado crystallisation from komatiite volatiles is developed. In this model, the sintering is produced by the high temperature of the komatiite magma thus accounting for their absence in colder kimberlites. The low δ 13C compositions of carbonados would be inherited from the transition zone (> 300 km depths), which is known to yield diamonds with distinct C-isotope distributions compared to most lithospheric diamonds (150-300 km depths). This model can account for most available observations of carbonados, including their large size, sintering, photoluminescense/cathodoluminescence features and geochemical characteristics.

  9. Anisotropy of Remanence Carried by Pyrrhotite Inclusions in Diamonds

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    Clement, B. M.; Haggerty, S. E.; Harris, J. W.

    2006-12-01

    Iron sulfide inclusions in diamonds may provide a new source of paleointensity data from key geological intervals such as the middle Cretaceous. We obtained eleven diamonds from the Orapa kimberlite pipe (intruded at 92 Ma) in Botswana courtesy of DeBeers Ltd. The diamonds are octahedra with slightly rounded or rounded edges and have diameters ranging between 2 and 4 mm. The diamonds have internal metallic black disc or rosette fracture systems in the centers of which lie the opaque sulfide inclusions which are 20-50 microns in size. The diamonds exhibit strong, stable remanent magnetizations, averaging 5 x10^{- 2}Am2/kg. The magnetizations are thermally unblocked at temperatures of 335 ° C and exhibit a pronounced magnetic transition at 34 ° K: diagnostic of pyrrhotite as the remanence carrier. Hysteresis loops measured at the IRM are dependent on sample orientation. We further examined this dependence by measuring the anisotropy of isothermal remanent magnetization. The samples exhibit a strong anisotropy of remanence, ranging from 5% to 18%. With two exceptions, the samples exhibit anisotropy ellipsoids that are strongly oblate. The minimum axes of the anisotropy ellipsoids cluster about a mean orientation that is perpendicular to the {111} crystal faces of the diamonds. The coupling between the anisotropy of remanence and the crystallographic structure of the diamond is consistent with the interpretation that the sulfide expanded into rosette or disc shaped fractures in the diamond during the eruption of the kimberlite pipe. At the moment of eruption, the large difference between the thermal expansion of the diamond and the sulfide caused the diamonds to fracture and the sulfide (which has a plasticity above 500-600°C) to smear into the fracture system. The resulting strain of the pyrrhotite grains may help explain the remarkably strong and stable magnetic remanence that these inclusions carry.

  10. Geochemistry of Mesozoic carbonatite complexes in the southwestern part of Greenland

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    Park, B.; Lee, J.; Lee, M.

    2013-12-01

    This is the results of geochemical analysis of carbonatite taken at the kimberlite and carbonatite complexes in Tikilusaag and Qaqarssuk located in the southwestern part of Greenland. These complexes have high grade of rare earth elements (REE), gold, olivine and diamond ore deposits. These kimberlite, lamprophyre and carbonatite are originated from complex carbonatitic and silicate magma. This kind of ultramafic alkaline complex is not common compared to other igneous bodies in the crust. Tikilusaag carbonatite complex in contains REE in calcite carbonatite. Carbonatite minerals are strontianite (SrCO3) and ancylite (SrCe(CO3)2(OH)H2O). Strontianite contains Ce and ancylite contains considerable amounts of La, Ce, Nd, respectively. Two minerals are the major components which have LREE in the complexes. Tikilussaaq carbonatite complex contain apatite which has maximum 200 micro meter in size and mostly euhedral. Most apatite crystals show compositional zoning under CL attached to SEM (JEOL, JSM-6610). This zoning reflects physiochemical condition of magma at the time of crystallization and the compositional difference of Ca, P, and F with the consideration of chemical composition of apatite. The apatite contain F instead of Cl, namely fluorine apatite. Compositional zoning reflect the difference of Ca and P according to CL image. Qaqarssuk carbonatite complex is consisted of several minerals containing Ba composition. Ba in calcite which is the major mineral of Ba carbonatite (Barytocalcite, CaBa(CO3)2) coexists with barite and Ba-Sr carbonatite. Fenitization near the complex is common process. Basic rocks formed during carbonatitization contain hornblendite predominantly, and high grade of fenitization produced albite-bearing granitic rocks in the area.

  11. Cumulate Origins of the High MgO Eclogite Xenoliths from Koidu, West Africa

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    Barth, M. G.; Rudnick, R. L.; Horn, I.; McDonough, W. F.; Spicuzza, M. J.; Valley, J. W.; Haggerty, S. E.

    2001-05-01

    Xenolithic eclogites (bi-mineralic rocks composed of garnet and omphacite) from kimberlite pipes equilibrated at upper mantle pressures and temperatures, but the origin of the protoliths of these rocks and their subsequent metamorphic evolution are less certain. Xenolithic eclogites have been variously interpreted as crystallized high-pressure magmas or their cumulates, or as fragments of recycled oceanic crust. Eclogites from the Koidu kimberlite pipe, Sierra Leone, fall into two groups based on their major element chemistry. The low MgO group (6-13 wt% MgO) shows evidence for being derived from recycled oceanic crust that has been through a melting episode associated with subduction (Barth et al., 2001, GCA, in press). In contrast, the high MgO eclogites (>16 wt% MgO) have mantle-like δ 18O. Analyses of multiple mineral generations suggest that their variable light rare earth element (REE) patterns reflect variable degrees of metasomatic enrichment. High MgO and Al2O3 contents of these eclogites are suggestive of a cumulate origin, either as high-pressure (2-3 GPa) garnet-pyroxene cumulates or low-pressure (<1 GPa) plagioclase-pyroxene-olivine cumulates. The absence of modal olivine and orthopyroxene coupled with liquid lines of descent of mantle-derived magmas suggest that these eclogites formed at pressures lower than their current equilibrium pressures (>4 GPa). The high proportion of modal garnet (up to 65%) is difficult to explain as a cumulate phase in light of the relatively flat heavy to middle REE patterns. This, coupled with positive Sr anomalies, and low to moderate transition element contents is consistent with a low-pressure cumulate origin of the high MgO eclogites as metamorphosed olivine gabbros and troctolites. If this interpretation is correct, the high MgO eclogites could represent either the basal section of subducted oceanic crust or foundered mafic lower continental crust.

  12. Detecting of the processes of the diamond formation using the monomineral thermobarometry .

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Afanasiev, Valentin; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila; Logvinova, Alla; Vladykin, Nikolai

    2010-05-01

    The methods of the monomineral thermobarometry used for the reconstruction of the mantle sections beneath the kimberlite pipes (Ashchepkov et al., 2009) allow to determined PT range for the diamond inclusions (DI) and diamond bearing associations. They show various conditions for the crystallization of diamond for in mantle lithosphere beneath the Yakutia, Africa, and North America. In Yakutia most DI (Sobolev ea 1997, 2004; Logvinova ea., 2005 and ref their in) (Cr-pyropes, Mg -opx) form Mir and Udachnaya pipes are referred to the cold geotherms 35 (partly 33 mvm-2) at the pressure range from 35 to 80 kbar. Cr- pyropes (Ti-bearing) partly drops the on the heated area near convective branches 40-45 mvm-2 convective geotherms. Most Cr- rich pyroxenes refer to the coldest or heated (metasomatic type) at the deeper parts of the mantle columns while mildly Cr-rich varieties refer to the conditions of the crystallization from the melts related to the protokimberlites and associated carbonatites near the Graphite-Diamond boundary (G-D). They are more widely distributed in mantle beneath the Mir pipe where the essential part of mantle column from 50 to 35kbar was subjected to the refertilization. But chromite PT estimates mostly refer the heated conditions of the convective branch at the lithosphere base (~70-60kbar). They are most typical for the Alakite pipes. Diamond bearing eclogites show the some separate levels of crystallization with the high T-range reflecting conditions 35 to 45 mvm-2 mostly in the 60-50 kbar interval. They coincide with the levels of the intensive heating in the mantle columns. For the South Africa in the Mesozoic pipes beneath Lesotho - Jagersfontein (Viljoen ea. 2005), Finsch (Appleyard ea., 2004; Gurney, Switzer, 1973; She ea., 1983), Koffiefontein (Rickard ea., 1986), diamond bearing associations refer to three geotherm branches. The coldest (Cr-pyropes and Mg-Opx) is related to ancient subduction with the heating at 60 and 75 kbars. The 40

  13. Nb/Ta - Zr/Hf Fractionations during Subduction: Implications for the'Missing' Nb.

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    Zateslo, T.; Bizimis, M.; Salters, V. J.; Stern, C.; Taylor, R. N.

    2008-12-01

    Key differences between the chemical composition of terrestrial materials and those of meteorites have led to the suggestion that a 'hidden' high Nb/Ta reservoir exists in the Earth's mantle. In order to test this hypothesis we must identify the processes that can create such a reservoir. Here we report the first high precision HFSE data on products of the subduction processes thought to fractionate Nb from Ta: boninites (hydrous melting), adakites (slab melting), OIBs (Koolau, Walvis: plume with recycled oceanic crust), as well as kimberlites and lamproites. We developed a new method for the high precision determination of Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf concentrations based on a modified version of standard addition. All analyses were performed on a single collector ICPMS (ELEMENT 1), using Y and Yb as internal standards to correct for instrumental drift during the unspiked -spiked sample sequence. Concentrations are calculated using a York- type regression that accounts for all measured and propagated errors. Long-term reproducibility (multiple dissolutions and multiple spike solutions) for the standards BHVO-1, BIR-1 AGV-1 and BCR-1 are better than 0.8% (1s) for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. The advantages of this method compared to previous methods are fast throughput, no column chemistry and low blanks. The Koolau and Walvis Ridge lavas have subchondritic Nb/Ta for a given Zr/Hf, overlapping other OIB suites and show no evidence for a recycled, high Nb/Ta reservoir in their source. OIB, considered as a group, have relatively constant Nb/Ta (15-16) but more variable Zr/Hf (35-50). In contrast, boninites (Chichi Jima) have significantly subchondritic Nb/Ta (4-12) at near constant Zr/Hf (35), while adakites (South Andes) extend to near chondritic Nb/Ta (13-19) at more variable Zr/Hf (30-40). The adakites showing the least evidence for crustal contamination have the highest Nb/Ta. The arc lavas cross the OIB trend at near right angle on a Nb/Ta vs. Zr/Hf plot having larger Nb

  14. Magnesium isotope fractionation in co-existing clino-pyroxene and garnet: implications for geothermometry and mantle source characterization

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    Chakrabarti, R.; Jacobsen, S. B.; Basu, A. R.

    2011-12-01

    It is now well established that the Mg isotopic composition of the bulk silicate Earth, as represented by olivines, peridotites and basalts is identical to bulk meteorites and the Moon. However, small differences have been documented between co-existing olivines and clino-pyroxenes in mantle xenoliths as well as co-existing hornblendes and biotites in granitoids; spinels show some of the heaviest δ26Mg (deviation of the 26Mg/24Mg ratio from the Dead Sea Metal standard). A recent study has documented a large Mg isotopic fractionation between co-existing omphacite and garnet (Δ26MgOMP-GT = δ26MgOMP - δ26MgGT ~1.14) from eclogites in the Dabie orogen of China. This large equilibrium Mg isotope fractionation is explained by the difference in coordination number of Mg in omphacite (six) and garnet (eight). We report stable Mg isotopic compositions of co-existing garnet and clino-pyroxenes from different mantle-derived rocks. Garnet-omphacite pairs analyzed are from an eclogite xenolith from the Roberts Victor kimberlite pipe, the ultra-high pressure Tso Morari eclogite from the Ladakh Himalayas and the Healdsburg eclogite from the Franciscan Subduction Complex, which have a wide range in estimated temperatures of equilibration. Although, the latter two eclogites were exhumed in orogenic belts, our selective picking of the mineral cores for analysis avoided retrograded compositions. We have also analyzed Cr-diopside and pyrope-rich garnet pairs from several southern African kimberlite pipes. These include granular garnet peridotite xenoliths (P = 30-40 kbar, T =950-10500C) as well as the deeper sheared xenoliths (P = 50-60 kbar, T = 13500C). Rapid quenching of the kimberlite-hosted xenoliths ensures minimal low temperature pervasive alteration of these samples. Also analyzed are samples from the Gore Mt. amphibolite and a wollastonite-diopside-garnet skarn from the Adirondacks with equilibration temperatures of 700-7260C. Minerals were separated by hand-picking under

  15. About independent tectonic position of diatreme fields and zones

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    Khazanovitch-Wulff, Konstantin

    2014-05-01

    Geologists repeatedly made attempts to determine the structural position of diatreme (D) fields on platforms, and in conjunction them with the regional tectonic zones, rifts, aulacogens, deep faults, zones of fracturing, domed structures, etc. However, the options presented such position clearly inconsistent, do not correspond to each other and are the result of extreme subjective interpretation in low volume of geological and geophysical data. Despite ongoing attempts to link D-fields and zones to any tectonic structures, it is clear that these do not have to accommodate of D no relationship (although coincidences are possible). It was established that: - D-fields are not sharply defined geological boundaries, which would be reflected in the structure of the cover or foundation; - localization of D-fields not related to regional faults, nor with their intersection nodes; - D-zones have independent structural position and also not associated with fault zones; - zones of fracturing imposed in some D-fields are due to the formation of D-pipes, not the cause of their location; - formation D-pipes and dome-shaped structures is a single process associated with the intrude force of D-melt; domed structures, corresponding D-fields, formed as a result of simultaneous ("battery") introduction of magmatic melt. This is supported by the fact that these structures do not have deep roots and flatten with the depth (Kaminski et al, 1995) As a result of the analysis and comprehension of these data, the author has developed the following affirmation: the main pattern in the distribution of K-fields and zones lies in their lack of universal spatial relationships with older crustal structures, in their independent ("indifferent") position on these structures. Established pattern can be easily explained from the standpoint of "Bolide model" of the diatremes (including kimberlite) origin, whereby D are result of electrical discharges in the upper horizons of the crust; cause such

  16. 40Ar/39Ar dating of unusual minerals (tourmaline, K-richterite, yimengite, wadeite and priderite) and applicability to the geological record.

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    Jourdan, F.; Thern, E.; Wilde, S. A.; Frewer, L.

    2012-04-01

    One of the advantages of the 40Ar/39Ar technique is that it relies on the decay of K, one of the most abundant elements in the Earth's crust. As such, many minerals can be dated with this technique, with the corresponding age data reflecting either the emplacement age or a cooling age. Here we present robust well-defined 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages obtained on a suite of minerals with variable potassium concentration which, despite their potential to unravel numerous geological problems, have seldom been (if ever; e.g. priderite) analyzed using the 40Ar/39Ar technique. Tourmaline: Multi- and single-grain aliquots of tourmaline were extracted from three sets of cross-cutting and stratiform quartz-tourmaline veins throughout the siliciclastic metasedimentary rocks of the Archean Illaara granite-greenstone belt, Western Australia [1]. Tourmaline samples yielded 9 plateau and 1 inverse isochron ages defining two distinct age populations of 2939 ± 11 Ma (P=0.64) and 2642 ± 16 Ma (P=0.50). Tourmaline deposits are a common occurrence in the geological record [e.g. 2], and the mineral may be useful in assigning minimum depositional ages (e.g. cross-cutting veins) and in dating hydrothermal fluid circulations, as well as its potential for use in detrital mineral studies. Yimengite: This mineral is a K-oxide and has been recovered from the Turkey Well kimberlite pipe, Yilgarn Craton, Australia. We obtained two concordant well-defined 40Ar/39Ar plateaus with a mean age of 2128 ± 5 Ma (P=1.0) interpreted as the emplacement age of the Kimberlite. No excess Ar is present suggesting that this mineral can be used to date Kimberlite emplacement as a viable alternative to phlogopite, which commonly retains part of its mantle history [e.g. 3, 4] thus leading to uncertainties in assigning a precise age. K-Richterite, wadeite and priderite: K-richterite is a K-bearing sodic amphibole, wadeite is K-Zr silicate and Priderite is a K-oxide. These minerals have been recovered from Wolgidee

  17. The Universal Cpx Jd-Di barometer for mantle peridotite eclogite and pyroxenites and it using for the mantle petrology

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    Ashchepkov, Igor

    2015-04-01

    trace he boundary between the lower upper part of subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) at 3 -4 GPa marking pyroxenite eclogites layer. Ca- rich eclogites and especially grospydites in SCLM beneath Precambrian kimberlites occurs near pyroxenite layer but in younger mantle sections they became common in the lower parts marking presence of the subducted sediments. The Mg Cr- less group eclogites commonly diamondiferous and referring to the ancient island arc complexes are also common in the middle part of mantle sections and near 5-6 GPa. The group is often dominated in the young kimberlites and sometimes is highly diamondiferous. Commonly P-Fe# for eclogites in the lower SCLM part show rising Fe# with decreasing pressures which very of then reflect the differentiation of the magmatic systems commonly rather significant. Commonly the Fe#-values for the eclogites show that they can't be simple subucted oceanic basalts but material remelted not only during the low angle "hot"subduction but also under the influence of the kimberlite melts including protokimberlite magmas. The Mg - rich and Fe rich pyroxenites also show the extending in pressures trends which suggest the anatexic melting under the influence of volatiles or under the plum magma hybridization. RBRF grants 05-05-64718, 03-05-64146; 11 -05-00060a; 11-05-91060-PICS. Projects 77-2, 65-03, 02-05 IGM SD RAS and ALROSA Stock Company.

  18. Micrometer-scale cavities in fibrous and cloudy diamonds — A glance into diamond dissolution events

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    Klein-BenDavid, Ofra; Wirth, Richard; Navon, Oded

    2007-12-01

    Micrometer sized internal cavities in diamonds preserve evidence of diamond dissolution events. Combining the methods of focused ion beam (FIB) sample preparation and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) enables these features to be studied in detail. Micrometer-scale cavities are found in the inner parts of fibrous and cloudy kimberlitic diamonds. Their filling consists of amorphous matrix, secondary nano-crystals, volatiles and in some cases larger resorbed crystals. Trapped minerals include corundum, Kappa-alumina, quartz, olivine, moissanite-6H and Ca-Mg carbonates. This is the first observation of Kappa-alumina in nature. Secondary nano-minerals are observed within the amorphous matrix and include carbonates, Al-oxide, fluorite, ilmenite and secondary diamond crystals. The amorphous matrix is spongy and its composition is dominated by amorphous carbon, nitrogen, chlorine and also contains water. When no crystalline phases are observed, the matrix is also enriched in alumina, silica and in some cases calcium. We propose that micrometer scale cavities in diamonds form during dissolution events induced by the introduction of oxidizing hydrous fluids into the diamond growth area. Hydrous fluids are the main dissolving agents for most kimberlitic diamonds [Fedortchouk, Y., Canil, D., Semenets, E., 2007. Mechanisms of diamond oxidation and their bearing on the fluid composition in kimberlite magmas. Am. Mineral. 92, 1200-1212]. At diamond forming conditions silica and alumina are enriched in hydrous fluids that are in equilibrium with eclogites [Kessel, R., Ulmer, P., Pettke, T., Schmidt, M.W., Thompson, A.B., 2005. The water-basalt system at 4 to 6 GPa: Phase relations and second critical endpoint in a K-free eclogite at 700 to 1400 °C. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 237, 873-892]; this is consistent with the increased solubility of alumina with increased pressure and temperature in the Na-Cl bearing fluids [Manning, C.E., 2006. Mobilizing aluminum in crustal and

  19. Mantle density beneath the Siberian craton based on free board constrains

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    Cherepanova, Yulia; Artemieva, Irina

    2014-05-01

    We present the mantle density model of the Archean-Proterozoic Siberian Craton (SC). The density model is constrained by free-board (buoyancy) modeling (Lachenbruch and Morgan, 1990). The approach assumes isostatic compensation of the region, and is justified by the near-zero free-air gravity for most of the region, except for the flanking orogenic belts with high topography. Despite a relatively uniform topography of the SC (ca. 400 m for most of the region and reaching 700 m in the shields), the craton has a strongly heterogeneous crustal structure with large regional variations in Moho and average crustal Vp (Cherepanova et al., 2013) which reflects its complex tectonic evolution. Formed by amalgamation of several Archean terranes, the craton has been significantly affected by Proterozoic collisional and extensional events, the late- Proterozoic rifting at its margins, the Devonian rifting of the Vilyui rift, several pulses of kimberlite magmatism, and the Permo-Triassic trap basalt magmatism. The strong lateral and vertical heterogeneity of the lithospheric mantle has been documented so far in the studied of the mantle xenoliths from kimberlite pipes and in a limited number of geophysical studies. Here we extend geophysical analysis of mantle compositional heterogeneity by evaluating mantle density structure and interpreting its regional variations in terms of mantle mg#. We link regional large-amplitude variations in mantle depletion to the tectonic evolution of the craton and compare these results with geophysical models and petrologic data. We speculate on the origin of compositional heterogeneity of the lithospheric mantle, which is in overall agreement with results of a joint analysis of seismic and thermal data (Artemieva, 2009) and mantle xenolith studies which provide information on metasomatic enrichment of the depleted lithospheric mantle by the tectonic events. The results indicate the heterogeneous structure of mantle density, with the average

  20. Helium isotope evidence for plume metasomatism of Siberian continental lithosphere

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    Barry, P. H.; Hilton, D. R.; Howarth, G. H.; Pernet-Fisher, J. F.; Day, J. M.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    The Siberian craton contains more than 1000 kimberlite intrusions of various ages (Silurian to Jurassic), making it an ideal setting for understanding temporal and spatial variations in subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) composition and metasomatism. This region also experienced one of the largest flood basalt events in the geologic record. The Permo-Triassic Siberian Flood Basalts (SFB) are considered to have erupted in response to plume-head impingement under the Siberian SCLM. Here we present new He-isotope data for a suite of peridotitic xenoliths (n=19) from two temporally and petrologically-distinct kimberlite pipes (i.e., Late-Devonian Udachnaya and Jurassic Obnazhennaya) in Siberia that span the age of eruption of the SFB. All samples have previously been well-characterized, mineralogically, petrographically, and for major- and trace-element abundance geochemistry. He-isotope ratios (3He/4He) of garnet, pyroxene and olivine separates from 2.7-3.1 Ga Siberian peridotites range from 0.11 to 8.4 RA, displaying both strongly radiogenic (i.e., low 3He/4He) and mantle-like (i.e., SCLM = 6.1 × 0.9 RA; MORB = 8 × 1 RA) values. In contrast, SFB values extend up to ~13 RA [1]. Helium concentrations span ~ five orders of magnitude from 0.05 to 350 [4He]C (×10-6) cm3STP/g. These findings are consistent with previous studies [2], which suggested that the SCLM is heterogeneous with respect to He and that this heterogeneity is strongly dependent on lithospheric age. Notably, all but one Obnazhennaya sample displays 3He/4He values in the mantle range and are He depleted. In contrast, all but one Udachnaya samples are radiogenic and have higher He contents. Previous studies have suggested that partially-melted subducted ocean crust amalgamated to form the Siberian craton at ~3 Ga [3], followed by a complex history of metasomatism until eruption of xenolith samples within kimberlites [4]. For example, during the main stage of SFB emplacement (i.e., Siberian plume

  1. Diamonds Discovered in Five Peridotite Massifs Along the Yarlung-Zangbo Suture in South Tibet: Tectonic Implications

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    Xu, X.; Yang, J.; Ba, D.; Li, Y.; Zhao, L.; Robinson, P. T.

    2011-12-01

    Many ophiolitic peridotite massifs occur along the more than 1500-km-long Yarlung-Zangbo suture in south Tibet, which marks the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian plates after closure of Neo-Tethys at about 55 Ma. Some of the massifs are very large, e.g., the Xigaze massif (ca. 700 km2) in the middle segment, and the Purang (ca. 600 km2) and Dongbo (ca. 400 km2) massifs in the western segment of the suture. In-situ diamonds and moissanite, along with many unusual, highly reduced minerals, such as native Fe, Cr, Ni and metal alloys have been previously reported from chromitites and peridotites of the Luobusa ophiolitic massif in the eastern segment of the suture. Coesite pseudomorphing stishovite from the Luobusa chromitite suggests depths of formation >300 km. Here we present the first report of diamonds and other unusual minerals in four other peridotite bodies along the Yarlung-Zangbo suture, namely from east to west, the Xigaze, Dangqiong, Purang and Dongbo massifs. These massifs consist mainly of harzburgite, lherzolite and dunite, probably of MOR type, that were modified in a SSZ environment. Several tens of diamonds and some unusual minerals such as moissanite were recovered by standard mineral separation techniques from individual samples ranging from 300 to 600 kg in weight. The diamonds are yellowish-green in color, about 0.1-0.3 mm in size, and have octahedral and cone-like forms. These diamonds are similar to those found in the Luobusa massif, and commonly contain inclusions of Ni-Mn-Co alloys, a feature that distinguishes them from kimberlitic and metamorphic diamonds. Textural evidence and Ca-K-Cl fluid inclusions indicate that they grew from C-rich fluids. Fifty analyses of diamonds from the Yarlung-Zangbo suture yielded δ13CPDB values ranging from -18.3 % to -28.7%, with an average of -24.6%. There are no statistical differences in the isotopic composition among diamonds from the different localities or among those occurring in chromitite or

  2. Concentrates and mantle xenocrysts from the Lao river Guinea and reconstructions of the mantle structure

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    Afanasiev, Valentin; Ashchepkov, Igor; Nikolenko, Eeugeny

    2015-04-01

    The discovery of the kimberlite dykes in Quinea in the basin of the Lao river means finding of the new diamondiferous kimberlite field in the West Africa. It is locating 100 km SW from Bubudu and contains large dykes and placers in Lao river. The kimberlite concentrate and diamondiferous placers are containing pyropes, chromites, Ilmenites and Cr diosides and low Cr- pyroxenes. Two river placers in Lao and Bobeko and newly discovered dyke slightly differ in compositions of minerals. mainly in representatives of the minerals though their compositional trends are in general similar. The concentrates from and Druzhba pipe (Bunudu) contains mainly ilmenite and more are pyropes. Garnets from all localities are close and belong mainly to the lherzolite field to 10 wt%Cr2O3. But the dyke contains essential amount of harzburgitic garnets starting from 2 %wt Cr2O3 and they became prevailing from 6 wt %Cr2O3. There are also megacrystic low - Cr pyropes in dyke concentrate. Dyke is rich in peridotites and coarse grained garnet pyroxenite xenoliths which are ranging from the low Cr -to Cr -diopside type Chromites from Dyke are Ti - low but are often Al rich. While chromites from Bobeko and especially Lao placers define the Cr- rich trend from 60 to 40 wt%Cr2O3 and demonstrate the deviation to ulvospinel trends with increasing of Al2O3 . Cr - Diopsides clinopyroxenites trace the Fe- Ti-Na-Al enrichment trend. Ilmenites from three localities - define close trends splitting to the two intervals 60-40 wt% TiO2 and 33-27 TiO2 which are enriched in Cr2O3 to 5wt% reflecting the crystallization of megacrystalline association at the lithosphere base and Ilm metasomatic vein stockwark near the Moho in pre-eruption feeding system. The Dyke ilmenites are Mg rich and mainly are captured from the deep part of the mantle section. Babeko and Druzhba localities are similar variations of ilmenite trends. Some ilmenites from Lao and Druzhba are Mn - rich and are less in Cr possibly reflecting

  3. Origin of garnet peridotites in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Siberian craton

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    Doucet, L. S.; Ionov, D. A.; Brey, G. P.; Golovin, A. V.; Ashchepkov, I. V.

    2012-04-01

    Garnet peridotites represent the largest part of the lithospheric mantle beneath Archean crust, yet the origin of garnet in these rocks continues to be debated. The cratonic mantle is believed to be produced by extensive melt extraction indicated by common low Al and Ca (<1%) and high Mg#WR (≥0.92) of cratonic peridotites [1]. However, even though many garnet peridotites are low in Al and Ca, they usually have lower Mg#WR (<0.92) than spinel harzburgites, which together with common high modal cpx and garnet (>5%) appear to be inconsistent with a residual origin by high degrees of partial melting [2]. To better constraint the origin of garnet in cratonic mantle we report modal, major and trace element compositions for >30 garnet peridotites from the Udachnaya kimberlite in central Siberia (as well as preliminary Nd-isotope data for selected samples). These rocks, unlike many other kimberlite-hosted peridotites worldwide, are unusually fresh, with very low LOI (≤1%) and unaltered minerals [3]. The garnet peridotites in this study are coarse (mostly low-T) to sheared (high-T) harzburgites with Mg#WR of 0.90-0.92 and ≤1% Al2O3 and CaO as well as two lherzolites. Their cpx (2-6%) and garnet (1-9%) have complex REE patterns affected by both melt extraction and various enrichment events. Modal and major oxide compositions of spinel harzburgites from Udachnaya indicate an origin by >35% of partial melting in a broad depth range (2-7 GPa) based on experimental results [4]. By comparison, only 5 out 30 garnet harzburgites in this study plot close to the melting trends defined by spinel harzburgites. The majority of garnet harzburgites in this study (especially high-T) show a range of enrichments in Fe, Si, Ti, HREE etc. relative to pristine melting residues. Moreover, the Nd isotope data for the garnet peridotites (calculated from garnet and cpx analyses) yield an isochron age of 0.8-0.7 Ga, which is much younger than whole-rock Re-Os formation ages (2 Ga [5]). The

  4. Widespread refertilization of cratonic and circum-cratonic lithospheric mantle

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    Tang, Yan-Jie; Zhang, Hong-Fu; Ying, Ji-Feng; Su, Ben-Xun

    2013-03-01

    Studies of mantle xenoliths have confirmed that Archean subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) is highly depleted in basaltic components (such as Al, Ca and Na) due to high-degree extraction of mafic and ultramafic melts and thus is refractory and buoyant, which made it chronically stable as tectonically independent units. However, increasing studies show that ancient SCLM can be refertilized by episodic rejuvenation events like infiltration of upwelling fertile material. The North China Craton is one of the most typical cases for relatively complete destruction of its Archean keel since the eruption of Paleozoic kimberlites, as is evidenced by a dramatic change in the compositions of mantle xenoliths sampled by Paleozoic to Cenozoic magmas, reflecting significant lithospheric thinning and the change in the character of the SCLM. The compositional change has been interpreted as the result of refertilization of Archean SCLM via multiple-stage peridotite-melt reactions, suggested by linear correlations between MgO and indices of fertility, covariations of Al2O3 with CaO, La/Yb, 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, 187Os/188Os and Re-depletion ages (TRD), high Re abundances, scatter in Re-Os isotopic plot, variable in situ TRD ages of sulfides, and correlation between TRD ages and olivine Fo of peridotite xenoliths in Paleozoic kimberlites and Cenozoic basalts on the craton. By integrating major and trace element, Sr, Nd and Os isotopic compositions of peridotite xenoliths and orogenic massif peridotites from the continents of Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia, together with previous studies of petrology and geochemistry of global peridotites, we suggest that (1) refertilization of cratonic and circum-cratonic lithospheric mantle is widespread; (2) Archean SCLM worldwide has experienced a multi-stage history of melt depletion and refertilization since segregation from the convecting mantle; (3) cratonic SCLM may be more susceptible to compositional change caused by

  5. Metasomatic enrichment of Proterozoic mantle south of the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa: origin of sinusoidal REE patterns in clinopyroxene and garnet

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    le Roex, Anton; Class, Cornelia

    2016-02-01

    Xenoliths of mantle peridotite have been sampled from four kimberlite intrusions, Melton Wold, Hebron, Uintjiesberg and Markt, emplaced through the Mesoproterozoic Namaqua-Natal Belt, along the southern border of the Kaapvaal Craton. Although many of the xenoliths are heavily altered, constituent clinopyroxene, garnet and phlogopite are fresh and have been analysed by electron microprobe for major elements and by laser ablation ICP-MS for trace elements. Primitive mantle-normalised REE abundances in clinopyroxene are all strongly LREE enriched and show a range of patterns including uniformly MREE-HREE sloped (referred to here as `normal'), sinusoidal and humped sinusoidal patterns. HREE abundances are extremely low (Yb = 0.3-0.06 × PM). REEN patterns in coexisting garnets show a similar range of patterns. When normalised to primitive mantle values, trace element patterns in some clinopyroxenes show strong relative depletion in Rb-Ba, Ta-Nb and Ti, with some samples also being relatively depleted in Zr-Hf. These trace element characteristics are indistinguishable from those found in clinopyroxene and garnet from peridotites from the adjacent cratonic mantle. Numerical modelling of reactive porous flow of an enriched metasomatic melt through a geochemically depleted peridotite matrix can account for the full range in observed REEN patterns. The relative depletion in Rb-Ba, Ta-Nb and Ti can be accounted for by an early crystallisation of phlogopite from the percolating melt. The relative depletion in Zr-Hf in some clinopyroxenes requires either zircon to crystallise in the proximal metasomatic assemblage, or metasomatism by a carbonatitic melt. Modelling results, together with the absence of clinopyroxene with depleted or even partially enriched REEN patterns, suggest that all clinopyroxene has been modally introduced through metasomatism into an initially highly depleted harzburgitic protolith. The range in Sr and Pb isotopic composition of the clinopyroxenes

  6. Thermo-chemical heterogeneity of continental lithospheric mantle: examples from Europe, Siberia, and North America

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    Artemieva, I. M.

    2015-12-01

    I present models of lithosphere density and the non-thermal part of upper mantle Vs anomalies in different tectonic provinces of Eurasia and North America. The focus is on compositional heterogeneity of the lithospheric mantle, and therefore the effect of regional temperature variations on density and Vs is removed by applying regional temperature corrections, which are constrained by heat flow data. Significant parts of Precambrian cratons of Laurasia are characterized by extremely low surface heat flow values (<25-30 mW/m2), which imply the depth extent of the lithospheric keels down to 300-350 km, at least locally. These values are in apparent contradiction with a worldwide compilation of cratonic xenolith P-T arrays, which are usually consistent with surface heat flow of around 40 mW/m2 and the lithosphere thickness of 200-250 km depth. Models of lithosphere density and seismic velocity structure indicate that xenoliths do not sample mantle with the lowest density and the highest velocity. Density structure of continental lithosphere mantle correlates with crustal structure and surface tectonics. This observation is illustrated by examples from the East European and the Siberian cratons, where lateral variations in density structure of the lithospheric mantle are compared with petrological studies of mantle-derived xenoliths from the Fennoscandian and Siberian kimberlite provinces. The results indicate that in the Siberian craton isopycnicity is satisfied only in major kimberlite provinces. High lithosphere density in major sedimentary basins suggests the presence of eclogitic material. Since the depth distribution of density anomalies is unknown, the analysis is complemented by seismic data in order to understand better geodynamic causes of mantle density heterogeneity. Temperature-corrected seismic velocity structure based on published high-resolution tomography models indicates a pronounced stratification of lithospheric mantle in many Precambrian terranes

  7. Plume Generation Zones On The Core Mantle Boundary: their origin and what they tell about how the Earth works - and how it has worked (Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture)

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    Burke, Kevin

    2014-05-01

    It is more than 50 years since Wilson (1963) suggested that a fixed plume of deep origin from the convecting mantle is generating the Hotspots of the Hawaiian chain on the overlying moving rigid lithosphere and nearly 45 years since Morgan (1972) followed by suggesting that the plumes which generate Hotspots rise only from the Core/Mantle Boundary (CMB). During the past ~ 15 years testing has begun of a refinement of Morgan's idea based on the observation that Plumes responsible for Hotspots, Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) and a significant fraction of other igneous rocks (including kimberlites) originate only in Plume Generation Zones (PGZs) at the edges on the CMB of one or other of TUZO and JASON the 2 antipodal, equatorial, Large Low Shear Wave Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs) of the deep mantle (Garnero et al. 2007) or from similar PGZs at the edges on the CMB of ~8 smaller Low Shear Wave Velocity Provinces. Today I will: (i) demonstrate using dated Hotspot, Large Igneous Province and Kimberlite occurrence history and paleomagnetic rotations (e.g. Torsvik et al. 2010, Burke et al.2008) the stability throughout the past 0.55 Ga of the LLSVPs and LSVPs (ii) show from the history of the Earth and Mars how the LLSVPs and LSVPs are likely to have formed early in Earth history and to have been stable since ~ 4.4 Ga (Burke et al. 2012) (iii) show, following an analogy suggested by Jack Whitehead of similarity to atmospheric fronts, why plumes are generated only from PGZs on the CMB at the margins of LLSVPs and LSVPs. (iv) show from results of recent seismological studies of Iceland, Jan Mayen, Hawaii, Yellowstone, the Afar and Ontong Java, that although plumes rise vertically in the deep mantle from the CMB their fate in the top ~ 1, 000 km of the mantle is proving to be varied and to depend largely, as Wilson suggested, on how they interact with the plates above them. Properties of the Plume Generation Zones (PGZs) on the CMB and of the plumes that rise from them are

  8. Carbonated sediment-peridotite interaction and melting at 7.5-12 GPa

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    Bulatov, V. K.; Brey, G. P.; Girnis, A. V.; Gerdes, A.; Höfer, H. E.

    2014-07-01

    To gain a better insight into deep subduction-zone processes, the interaction between model sediment and peridotite was experimentally studied using a multianvil apparatus at 7.5-12 GPa and 900-1400 °C. Two H2O- and CO2-bearing synthetic materials similar to GLOSS of Plank and Langmuir (1998) with different K/Na ratios were used. The peridotite (harzburgite) mixture consisted of natural olivine, orthopyroxene and garnet from kimberlite-derived xenoliths. Sediment (below) and peridotite (above) were packed into a Re-lined Pt capsule and exposed to constant pressure and temperature for 24-72 h. Several experiments were conducted with pure sediment mixtures. The experimental products were analyzed by EPMA and LA ICP MS. Pure sediment melting produces Ca-alkali carbonatite melts near the solidus and liquids richer in SiO2 at high temperatures. The residual mineral assemblage is dominated by coesite/stishovite, garnet, kyanite and jadeite. Peridotite-sediment interaction results in (1) replacement of olivine in the metaperidotite zone by low-Ca pyroxene and magnesite, (2) formation of a transitional garnet-rich zone containing low-Ca pyroxene and coesite/stishovite, and (3) disappearance of kyanite and stabilization of carbonate in the metasediment layer. The peridotite zone is transformed into a low-Ca pyroxene-garnet aggregate, and its garnet/pyroxene ratio increases with increasing temperature. The sediment zone evolves with increasing temperature from coesite / stishovite + jadeite + garnet + carbonate + rutile to coesite / stishovite + jadeite + garnet. Mass transfer is dominated by Si flux from sediment to peridotite and Mg and Fe from peridotite to sediment. The composition of the melts produced in the interaction experiments differs from that from pure sediment melting in higher Mg and Si contents and much lower Ca. Trace element partition coefficients (D) between residual minerals (pyroxenes, garnet, carbonate, zircon, rutile and SiO2 polymorphs) and melts

  9. Lithospheric structure of North America imaged using waveform inversion of global and USArray data

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    Schaeffer, Andrew; Lebedev, Sergei

    2015-04-01

    velocities between the Great Bear Arc and Beaufort Sea provide convincing evidence for the recently proposed 'MacKenzie Craton', unexposed at the surface. Within the continental interior, the lithosphere surrounding the 1 Ga failed Mid-Continental Rift shows a reduction in wavespeeds compared to the surrounding craton, likely indicating thermo-chemical alteration of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle, in agreement with results from geochemical and petrological analyses of diamondiferous kimberlites and peridotites. We examine the spatial extent of the lithospheric mantle root and LAB variations across the continent, and compare them with respect to the spatial location of diamondiferous kimberlites. Finally, we discuss potential lithospheric control on the distribution crustal seismicity.

  10. A review of water contents and ductile deformation mechanisms of olivine: Implications for the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary of continents

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    Wang, Qin

    2010-11-01

    Water plays an important role in the ductile deformation and evolution of the upper mantle. Water contents of natural olivine from 240 samples reveal a wide variation of 0-170 ppm H 2O, suggesting heterogeneous water distribution in the continental upper mantle. The average water contents (17 ± 13 ppm H 2O) in kimberlite nodules provide the best estimation of water concentrations in olivine in the lithosphere beneath cratons. The very low water contents (7 ± 9 ppm H 2O) of olivine from basalt xenoliths are caused by significant hydrogen loss during transport, while the high values (44 ± 34 ppm H 2O) in olivine megacrysts from kimberlites reflect restricted fluid-rich conditions in the upper mantle. To compare deformation in different tectonic environments, the western Superior Province (Canada), the Dabie Mountains and the North Jiangsu basin (China) are selected to represent an Archean craton, an orogenic belt and a rift basin, respectively. Using recent flow laws of olivine, deformation maps of dry and wet olivine are constructed under P- T conditions of the three tectonic units and in a continental subduction zone characterized by P = 6.28 GPa and T = 900 °C. For dry olivine, diffusion creep is the dominant mechanism in all the cases, which is contrary to the widely observed crystal preferred orientation of olivine in peridotites and seismic anisotropy observations. For wet olivine, only a small amount of water (50 H/10 6 Si) can remarkably decrease the stress of dislocation creep and increase contribution of dislocation creep to the deformation of olivine. The strain rate profiles of olivine indicate a transition from dislocation creep to diffusion creep at a depth of ˜ 220 km, which can be related with the Lehmann discontinuity characterized by a rapid decrease in seismic anisotropy. However, the pressure-induced fabric transition from [100] slip to [001] slip may be responsible for the Lehmann discontinuity in subduction zones. Therefore rheology of the

  11. Age and evolution of deep continental roots beneath northern Canada

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    Liu, J.; Riches, A. J.; Brin, L.; Pearson, G. D.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.; Stachel, T.; Armstrong, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    The age, composition and extent of Archean lithosphere is well documented beneath the Slave Craton, however, little is known about the deep continental roots beneath the rest of Canada's vast north, despite the discovery of many new diamond-bearing kimberlites. Here we present age and composition information for kimberlite-borne peridotite xenoliths from the western Rae Craton (two localities: Repulse Bay and Pelly Bay) and central Victoria Island (CVI - a possible northern extension of the Slave Craton), as well as the Parry Peninsula (a possible new micro-craton). The peridotites from the western Rae Craton, CVI and Parry Peninsula are generally characterized by high forsterite contents (Fo 92-93) and low whole-rock Al2O3 contents (< 2 wt.%, many < 1wt.%), similar to typical cratonic peridotites worldwide. However, these peridotites show a large span in Re-depletion model ages (TRD). For the western Rae Craton, both localities preserve evidence of Archean parentage, with more of the Repulse Bay samples yielding Archean TRD ages (>2.5 Ga) than for Pelly Bay. The samples from these two localities with post-Archean TRD ages indicate significant lithospheric disturbance likely related to the Arrowsmith Orogeny (ca. 2.3 to 2.5 Ga), contrasting with the little disturbed central Slave lithosphere by other studies. For both CVI and Parry Peninsula peridotites, despite whole-rock and mineralogical compositions analogous to previously studied portions of cratonic mantle, there is no evidence of any Archean TRD ages. Given that the CVI peridotites have major modes in TRD ages of 1.7 to 2.1 Ga, the local lithosphere is more likely to represent an extension of the Wopmay Orogen (ca. 1.9 Ga) to the southwest or the Thelon tectonic-magmatic zone to the east, instead of the northern extension of the Slave Craton. Similarly, TRD ages of 1.8 to 2.3 Ga indicate that the highly depleted Parry Peninsula peridotites are also synchronous with formation of the Wopmay Orogen with a

  12. Lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary: Where and why?

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    Aryasova, Olga; Khazan, Yakov

    2015-04-01

    suggest the quantitative relations between the surface heat flow, q, the lithosphere thickness, Hdepl, and the potential temperature, Tp. These relations correlate well with the lithospheric geotherms documented based on the kimberlite xenolith/xenocrystthermobarometry. Across the CBL the basal shear traction dragging the lithosphere plates acts, and one may expect that in the bottommost lithosphere and/or the topmost CBL a fracture zone develops. This zone is a good candidate for the region from where the kimberlites entrain strongly deformed xenoliths. Also, shear deformation associated with this zone makes it a good candidate for the role of the Lehmann discontinuity observed globally beneath continents at a depth of about 200 km and presumably having anisotropic character.

  13. Metasomatic control of water contents in the Kaapvaal cratonic mantle

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    Peslier, A. H.; Woodland, A. B.; Bell, D. R.; Lazarov, M.; Lapen, T. J.

    2012-11-01

    Water and trace element contents were measured by FTIR and laser ablation-ICPMS on minerals from peridotite xenoliths in kimberlites of the Kaapvaal craton from Finsch, Kimberley, Jagersfontein (South Africa), Letseng-La-Terae, and Liqhobong (Lesotho) mines. The peridotites record a wide range of pressure, temperature, oxygen fugacity, and metasomatic events. Correlations between water content or OH vibration bands with major, minor and trace elements in pyroxene and garnet precludes disturbance during xenolith entrainment by the host kimberlite magma and indicate preservation of mantle water contents. Clinopyroxene water contents (150-400 ppm H2O, by weight) correlate with those of orthopyroxene (40-250 ppm). Olivines (Peslier et al., 2008, 2010) and garnets have 0-86 and 0-20 ppm H2O, respectively. Relations in individual xenolith suites between the amount of water and that of incompatible elements Ti, Na, Fe3+ and rare earths in minerals suggests that metasomatism by oxidizing melts controls the water content of olivine, pyroxene and garnet. At pressures ⩽5.5 GPa, hydrous, alkaline, siliceous fluids or melts metasomatized Liqhobong and Kimberley peridotites, producing high water contents in their olivine, pyroxenes and garnet. At higher pressures, the percolation of ultramafic melts reacting with peridotite resulted in co-variation of Ca, Ti and water at the edge of garnets at Jagersfontein, and the overall crystallization of garnet with lower water contents than those in the original peridotites. The upward migration of these ultramafic melts through the lithospheric mantle also increased the water content of olivines with decreasing pressure at Finsch Mine. H2O/Ce ratios of melts in equilibrium with Kaapvaal peridotites range from 100 to 20,000 and the larger values may indicate metasomatism in subduction zone settings. Metasomatic events in Kaapvaal peridotites are thought to have occurred from the Archean to the Mesozoic. However, circumstantial evidence

  14. PIXE profiling, imaging and analysis using the NAC proton microprobe: Unraveling mantle eclogites

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    van Achterbergh, Esmé; Ryan, Chris G.; Gurney, John J.; Le Roex, Anton P.

    1995-09-01

    The National Accelerator Centre (NAC) proton microprobe has been carefully calibrated by the analysis of pure element, primary steel and geological standards. The results obtained are generally accurate to within 5%. For routine analyses (6-8 min), detection limits in the X-ray energy region 7-20 keV, range from 1.5 to 5 ppm. Previous workers have suggested the use of a (H 2) + beam for semi-quantitative analysis and imaging as higher beam brightness is obtainable with this beam at NAC. However, insufficient suppression of electrons introduces significant analytical error. Only a 3 MeV H + beam has been used for the quantitative analysis reported in this work. A rare suite of xenoliths, consisting of interlayered kyanite-bearing and kyanite-free eclogite, from the Roberts Victor kimberlite, Northern Cape, South Africa, was prepared as polished thin-sections and analyzed by the proton microprobe as a pilot study of trace element signatures in its component minerals (garnet, clinopyroxene and kyanite). The analysis of these eclogites identified significant chemical differences between the minerals of the kyanite-bearing and kyanite-free eclogite. Two clear groupings were distinguished well outside statistical error for Mn, Zn and Zr in garnet, and Mn, Ga, Sr and Ba in the clinopyroxene. Furthermore, clear chemical gradients in the elements Mn, Fe, Zn, Y and Zr were identified in single garnets at the contact between the two eclogite types. True elemental imaging revealed a heterogeneous distribution of the elements Sr and Ba in the clinopyroxene; the presence of Ba is interpreted to indicate the introduction of foreign material. A compositional dependence of the partitioning of Zn between garnet and clinopyroxene was also identified. The data do not contradict a previous hypothesis that the kyanite eclogite zones are the metamorphic products of a plagioclase-rich crystal protolith, but they do challenge the proposal that the layering is a primary feature of the rock

  15. Diamonds: Exploration, mines and marketing

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    Read, George H.; Janse, A. J. A. (Bram)

    2009-11-01

    The beauty, value and mystique of exceptional quality diamonds such as the 603 carat Lesotho Promise, recovered from the Letseng Mine in 2006, help to drive a multi-billion dollar diamond exploration, mining and marketing industry that operates in some 45 countries across the globe. Five countries, Botswana, Russia, Canada, South Africa and Angola account for 83% by value and 65% by weight of annual diamond production, which is mainly produced by four major companies, De Beers, Alrosa, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton (BHPB), which together account for 78% by value and 72% by weight of annual diamond production for 2007. During the last twelve years 16 new diamond mines commenced production and 4 re-opened. In addition, 11 projects are in advanced evaluation and may begin operations within the next five years. Exploration for diamondiferous kimberlites was still energetic up to the last quarter of 2008 with most work carried out in Canada, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Botswana. Many kimberlites were discovered but no new economic deposits were outlined as a result of this work, except for the discovery and possible development of the Bunder project by Rio Tinto in India. Exploration methods have benefitted greatly from improved techniques of high resolution geophysical aerial surveying, new research into the geochemistry of indicator minerals and further insights into the formation of diamonds and the relation to tectonic/structural events in the crust and mantle. Recent trends in diamond marketing indicate that prices for rough diamonds and polished goods were still rising up to the last quarter of 2008 and subsequently abruptly sank in line with the worldwide financial crisis. Most analysts predict that prices will rise again in the long term as the gap between supply and demand will widen because no new economic diamond discoveries have been made recently. The disparity between high rough and polished prices and low share prices of publicly

  16. Geoelectrical anomalies and diamonds in the Ukrainian Shield

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    Kulik, S.; Burakhovich, T.

    2009-04-01

    Our work is devoted to build deep geoelectrical models of the Earth's crust and upper mantle (up to the depth of 200 km) of Ukraine and adjacent territories, to finding of regions and layers of anomalously high electric conductivity and also to explanation of the nature of their origin. The data of magnitovariational profiling and magnitotelluric sounding at approximately 2500 locations was analyzed. We developed a methodology for building geoelectric models of the Earth crust and upper mantle, which is based on using the apparatus of 3D modeling in a low-frequency range of natural electromagnetic fields. Regions of anomalously low magnitudes of electric resistivity were found and geoelectric models of the Earth crust and upper mantle of Ukraine were built. Ukrainian Shield (USh) is rich by anomalous objects of high electrical conductivity in the Earth crust and upper mantle. Geoelectrical parameters are also observed to be considerably non-uniform in the USh mantle. In the southwestern part of USh was found a conductor with the upper layer at 50-70 km with ρ=25 - 30 Om-m. In the west the conductor reaches the depth of 90-100 km and is galvanically linked with the anomaly in the upper mantle of the Carpathian region. This deep mantle anomaly could be considered analogous to the Slave province of Canada. All kimberlite pipes that have been found in the Ukraine correlate with the anomaly of conductivity of the Earth crust: with Priazovian, Kirovogradian and Volynian. In Podolian megablock area the kimberlites has not been found, but the presence of their indicating minerals are rather common. The pyropes were formed in the wide range of the pressure conditions. In the region of the mantle's anomalies the mantle is poorly depleted and is metasomaticly changed and consists from eclogites and similar rocks, whose melting temperature is lower than the melting temperature of the surrounding mantle rocks. From the seismic data it is possible to assume the existence of the

  17. In situ Analysis of North American Diamond: Implications for Diamond Growth Modeling

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    Schulze, D. J.; Van Rythoven, A. D.; Hauri, E.; Wang, J.

    2014-12-01

    Diamond crystals from three North American kimberlite occurrences were investigated with cathodoluminescence (CL) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) to determine their growth history, carbon isotope composition and nitrogen content. Samples analyzed include sixteen from Lynx (Quebec), twelve from Kelsey Lake (Colorado) and eighteen from A154 South (Diavik mine, Northwest Territories). Growth histories for the samples vary from simple to highly complex based on their CL images and depending on the individual stone. Deformation lamellae are evident in CL images of the Lynx crystals which typically are brownish in color. Two to five points per diamond were analyzed by SIMS for carbon isotope composition (δ13CPDB) and three to seven points for nitrogen content. The results for the A154 South (δ13CPDB = -6.76 to -1.68 ‰) and Kelsey Lake (δ13CPDB = -11.81 to -2.43 ‰) stones (mixed peridotitic and eclogitic suites) are similar to earlier reported values. The Lynx kimberlite stones have anomalously high carbon isotope ratios and range from -3.58 to +1.74 ‰. The Lynx diamond suite is almost entirely peridotitic. The unusually high (i.e. >-5‰) δ13C values of the Lynx diamonds, as well as those from Wawa, Ontario and Renard, Quebec, may indicate an anomalous carbon reservoir for the Superior cratonic mantle relative to other cratons. In addition to the heavier carbon isotope values, the Lynx samples have very low nitrogen contents (<100 ppm). Nitrogen contents for Kelsey Lake and Diavik samples are more typical and range to ~1100 ppm. Comparison of observed core to rim variations in nitrogen content and carbon isotopes with modeled Rayleigh fractionation trends for published diamond growth mechanisms allows for evaluation of carbon speciation and other parent fluid conditions. Observed trends that closely follow modeled data are rare, but appear to suggest diamond growth from carbonate-bearing fluids at Lynx and Diavik, and growth from a methane

  18. Peridotite-suite dominated mineral inclusions in diamonds from Kelsey Lake Mine, Colorado U.S.A.

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    Schulze, D. J.; Coopersmith, H. G.

    2005-12-01

    Thirty silicate and oxide inclusions large enough for in situ WDS electron microprobe analysis were exposed by grinding/polishing of 16 diamonds from the Kelsey Lake Mine in the Colorado-Wyoming State Line kimberlite district. Three garnets in two stones belong to the eclogite (E) suite, and 18 olivines, three Mg-chromites and six Cr-pyropes in the other 14 stones belong to the peridotite (P) suite. The peridotite-dominated population is in stark contrast to the other suites studied in the State Line district. The reported inclusion population from George Creek is completely eclogitic and that of the Sloan pipe is overwhelmingly eclogitic, with only a minor, relatively Fe-rich peridotite component. Multiple inclusions are common in single stones, with 12 olivines (of uniform composition) exposed in one example. Kelsey Lake olivine inclusions are magnesian (17 of 18 grains in 9 stones are in the range Fo 92.7-93.1), typical of P-suite stones worldwide, but unlike the more Fe-rich Sloan olivine suite (13 of 14 in the range Fo 91.3-92.2). Mg-chromites (wt percent MgO = 12.8-13.8, wt percent Cr2O3 = 61.4-66.6) are in the lower MgO range of diamond inclusion chromites worldwide. Six Cr-pyropes in four stones have moderately low calcium contents (wt percent CaO = 3.5-4.5) but are very Cr-rich (wt percent Cr2O3 = 10.5-16.7). An olivine-garnet pair in one stone yields a Mg-Fe exchange temperature of 895 degrees C, possibly indicating disequilibrium, whereas an olivine-chromite pair yields an Mg-Fe exchange temperature of 1035 degrees C, cool but reasonable for equilibration within the diamond stability field. Comparison with diamond inclusion minerals worldwide reveals that the Kesley Lake suite is most similar to those from the Slave Craton in Canada, especially in terms of Cr-pyrope compositions. Both suites are somewhat less depleted than suites from southern Africa or Siberian kimberlites. By analogy with the Slave P-suite diamonds of Archean age and a Proterozoic

  19. Depositional processes of the basaltic Elie Ness diatreme, East Fife, Scotland

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    Gernon, Thomas; Hincks, Thea

    2010-05-01

    The East Fife coast of Scotland exposes multiple (~100) volcanic vents or diatremes of late Carboniferous to early Permian age. Here, we present preliminary results of detailed geological mapping of the Elie Ness (EN) diatreme. The key objective was to map the volcanic structure and lithofacies of the vent-fill, and to determine the eruption styles and key emplacement processes that occur more generally in basaltic maar-diatreme systems. Within the EN diatreme, seven lithofacies and three lithofacies associations (LFA 1-3) were recognised. Preliminary results demonstrate that the diatreme had a protracted history of eruption and infill. The massive lapilli tuffs of LFA 1 are texturally and compositionally homogeneous with occasional degassing structures, making them similar to typical massive volcaniclastic deposits infilling kimberlite pipes. The formation of such deposits are attributed to gas-fluidisation processes operating within the vent. The occurrence within LFA 1 of abundant volcaniclastic autoliths and megablocks together with steeply inclined lenticular breccia and tuff packages, makes the deposits similar to marginal lithofacies of the Jwaneng Centre kimberlite pipe, Botswana. All these features can be explained by subsidence of volcaniclastic strata from the surrounding tephra ring during emplacement. The steep internal contacts between the lithofacies of LFA 1 can be explained by variations in gas flux as the main eruptive phase waned. Pyroclastic base surge deposits of LFA 2 form a series of continuous sheets across the EN diatreme, and are therefore likely to have originated from a neighbouring pipe. The most probable source of the LFA 2 pyroclastic surges is a small vent to the NE of Elie Ness, where similar diffuse stratified lithofacies are observed. Minor steeply-inclined breccias and tuffs of LFA 3 cross-cut bedded tuffs of LFA 2, and are therefore likely to represent late-stage dykes and conduits. A significant observation is that the diatreme

  20. Helium isotopic evidence for modification of the cratonic lithosphere during the Permo-Triassic Siberian flood basalt event

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    Barry, Peter H.; Hilton, David R.; Day, James M. D.; Pernet-Fisher, John F.; Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Magna, Tomas; Agashev, Aleksey M.; Pokhilenko, Nikolay P.; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila N.; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2015-02-01

    Major flood basalt emplacement events can dramatically alter the composition of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). The Siberian craton experienced one of the largest flood basalt events preserved in the geologic record - eruption of the Permo-Triassic Siberian flood basalts (SFB) at ~ 250 Myr in response to upwelling of a deep-rooted mantle plume beneath the Siberian SCLM. Here, we present helium isotope (3He/4He) and concentration data for petrologically-distinct suites of peridotitic xenoliths recovered from two temporally-separated kimberlites: the 360 Ma Udachnaya and 160 Ma Obnazhennaya pipes, which erupted through the Siberian SCLM and bracket the eruption of the SFB. Measured 3He/4He ratios span a range from 0.1 to 9.8 RA (where RA = air 3He/4He) and fall into two distinct groups: 1) predominantly radiogenic pre-plume Udachnaya samples (mean clinopyroxene 3He/4He = 0.41 ± 0.30 RA (1σ); n = 7 excluding 1 outlier), and 2) 'mantle-like' post plume Obnazhennaya samples (mean clinopyroxene 3He/4He = 4.20 ± 0.90 RA (1σ); n = 5 excluding 1 outlier). Olivine separates from both kimberlite pipes tend to have higher 3He/4He than clinopyroxenes (or garnet). Helium contents in Udachnaya samples ([He] = 0.13-1.35 μcm3STP/g; n = 6) overlap with those of Obnazhennaya ([He] = 0.05-1.58 μcm3STP/g; n = 10), but extend to significantly higher values in some instances ([He] = 49-349 μcm3STP/g; n = 4). Uranium and thorium contents are also reported for the crushed material from which He was extracted in order to evaluate the potential for He migration from the mineral matrix to fluid inclusions. The wide range in He content, together with consistently radiogenic He-isotope values in Udachnaya peridotites suggests that crustal-derived fluids have incongruently metasomatized segments of the Siberian SCLM, whereas high 3He/4He values in Obnazhennaya peridotites show that this section of the SCLM has been overprinted by Permo-Triassic (plume-derived) basaltic

  1. 3D neutron and X-ray imaging of diamondiferous eclogites, Siberia: Evidence for the secondary origin of diamonds

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    Howarth, G. H.; Pernet-Fisher, J. F.; Sobolev, N. V.; Penumadu, D.; Puplampu, S.; Ketcham, R. A.; Maisano, J. A.; Taylor, D.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    believed to be ancient (1-3 Ga) [3], whereas the metasomatic mineral assemblages observed within eclogites are interpreted to have formed much later, perhaps just prior to incorporation into the rising kimberlite magma [4]. This age dichotomy indicates that either the metasomatic pathways have remained open for billions of years or that diamond growth is significantly younger than previously believed. We suggest that diamond growth may be related to metasomatic fluids circulating just prior to kimberlite emplacement and that diamonds may be significantly younger than previously believed. [1] T. Stachel, J.W. Harris, Ore. Geol. Rev. 34, 5 (2008). [2] Y. Liu et al., Lithos 112S, 1014 (2009). [3] S.B. Shirey, S.H. Richardson, Science 333, 434 (2011). [4] K.C. Misra et al., Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 146, 696 (2004).

  2. Silicon Carbide in Heavy-Mineral Samples: Indicator of Diamond Deposits

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    Leung, I. S.; Wang, W.

    2013-12-01

    Since kimberlite Pipe 50 of Wafangdian, 120 km northeast of the port city Dalian in Liaoning Province, ceased production in 2002, exploration programs have been conducted along tributaries of the Fuzhou River south of Wafangdian. The heavy-mineral method is often based on finding deep red G10 pyrope garnets which can be identified accurately by means of microprobe analysis to confirm their particular range of composition: high chromium, low calcium. Garnets are prone to hydrothermal alteration during kimberlite eruption, oxidation on Earth's surface, or be broken during mass transport. Unlike garnet, silicon carbide (SiC) resists chemical and mechanical alterations, but it crystallized at similarly high temperatures as diamond in Earth's mantle, and has the same atomic structure as diamond. Thus, SiC seems to be an ideal diamond indicator, although it is one of the rarest minerals in nature. Because of its characteristic blue-green color and adamantine luster, it can be recognized easily, no matter how minute the grains may be. We decided to re-examine small samples of heavy minerals collected and previously studied by exploration geologists, respectively from 3 tributaries of the Fuzhou River (Laogugao, Saocentun, Pingiaying), and from 3 ravines in the vicinity of Wafangdian (Songiagao, Dlitun, Lidianzhun), among which Songiagao, flowing into Qingnian Reservoir, is apparently a pristine water system, unpolluted by human activities. We found one grain of SiC in all the samples. From Fuzhou River: (1) Blue-green, euhedral, hexagonal shape, water-clear, one edge slightly chipped. (2) Light green, slightly corroded edges. (3) Green, half of the crystal's surface is covered by a blister-like yellow overgrowth; this material protrudes out on one side like a thick tapering paint brush. From Wafandian Vicinity: (1) Blue-green, with patchy black edges. (2) Green, with deep green rims and one brown inclusion. (3) Pale green, subhedral with one beige inclusion. All the

  3. Alluvial diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Mali

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    Chirico, Peter G.; Barthelemy, Francis; Kone, Fatiaga

    2010-01-01

    In May of 2000, a meeting was convened in Kimberley, South Africa, and attended by representatives of the diamond industry and leaders of African governments to develop a certification process intended to assure that rough, exported diamonds were free of conflictual concerns. This meeting was supported later in 2000 by the United Nations in a resolution adopted by the General Assembly. By 2002, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was ratified and signed by diamond-producing and diamond-importing countries. Over 70 countries were included as members of the KPCS at the end of 2007. To prevent trade in "conflict diamonds" while protecting legitimate trade, the KPCS requires that each country set up an internal system of controls to prevent conflict diamonds from entering any imported or exported shipments of rough diamonds. Every diamond or diamond shipment must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process (KP) certificate and be contained in tamper-proof packaging. The objective of this study was (1) to assess the naturally occurring endowment of diamonds in Mali (potential resources) based on geological evidence, previous studies, and recent field data and (2) to assess the diamond-production capacity and measure the intensity of mining activity. Several possible methods can be used to estimate the potential diamond resource. However, because there is generally a lack of sufficient and consistent data recording all diamond mining in Mali and because time to conduct fieldwork and accessibility to the diamond mining areas are limited, four different methodologies were used: the cylindrical calculation of the primary kimberlitic deposits, the surface area methodology, the volume and grade approach, and the content per kilometer approach. Approximately 700,000 carats are estimated to be in the alluvial deposits of the Kenieba region, with 540,000 carats calculated to lie within the concentration grade deposits. Additionally, 580,000 carats are estimated to have

  4. Patterns and origin of igneous activity around the Tanzanian craton

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    Foley, S. F.; Link, K.; Tiberindwa, J. V.; Barifaijo, E.

    2012-01-01

    Tertiary and later igneous activity is common on and around the Tanzanian craton, with primitive magma compositions ranging from kimberlites and varieties of picrites through nephelinites, basanites and alkali basalts. This review focuses on elucidating the conditions of origin of the melts, addressing the question of the state and involvement of the Tanzanian cratonic lithosphere in magma genesis. The Tanzanian craton is anomalous with a surface elevation of >1100 m reflecting buoyancy supported by a subcratonic plume whose effects are seen in the volcanics of both western and eastern rift branches. Magmatism on the craton and at its edge has high K/Na and primitive melts show fractionation dominated by olivine. Slightly further from the craton pyroxene fractionation dominates and K/Na ratios in the magmas are lower. Off-craton melts are nephelinites, basanites and alkali basalts with low K/Na. Potassium enrichment in the melts correlates with the occurrence of phlogopite in mantle-derived xenoliths, and also with carbonate in the magmas. This is attributed to melting at >140 km depths of mixed source regions containing phlogopite pyroxenite and peridotite, whereby the carbonate is derived from oxidation of diamonds concentrated near the base of the cratonic lithosphere. Mixed source regions are required by arrays of radiogenic isotopes such as Os and Sr in the volcanic rocks. The temporal progression of lamproites to phlogopite + carbonate-rich rocks to melilitites, nephelinites and alkali basalts seen during the erosion of the North Atlantic craton are seen around the Tanzanian craton as the coeval occurrence kimberlites, kamafugites and related rocks, nephelinites and alkali basalts showing spatial instead of temporal variation. This is due to the different stages of development of rifting around the craton: in northwestern Uganda and northern Tanzania, K-rich volcanism occurs at the craton edge, whereas nephelinites, basanites and alkali basalts occur where

  5. The Hf-Nd Systematics of Rutile-Bearing Eclogites From Koidu, Sierra Leone

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    Tibbetts, N. J.; Bizimis, M.; Salters, V. J.; Rudnick, R. L.

    2008-12-01

    Xenoliths from the Cretaceous Koidu kimberlite complex, Sierra Leone, West Africa, provide a rare opportunity to investigate the origin of rutile-bearing eclogites with variable, but superchondritic Nb/Ta, Nb/La and Ti/Zr ratios (Rudnick et al, 2000). Previous studies of the trace element and δ18O values of mineral separates and reconstructed whole rock compositions of two suites (high and low MgO) of eclogites lead to two inferred origins: as cumulates (high MgO eclogites, Barth et al., 2002) or residues of altered Archean oceanic crust (low MgO eclogites, Barth et al., 2001). We present the first Hf-Nd isotope data on clinopyroxenes (cpx) and garnets (gt) from Koidu eclogites. The reconstructed whole rock (cpx+gt) Hf isotopic compositions are heterogeneous, ranging in ɛHf from 0.2 to + 41 at the time of kimberlite eruption (85 Ma). Nd isotopic compositions are equally variable (ɛNd = 0.1 to +37), placing all eclogites at drastically more radiogenic values than terrestrial basalts. However, a significant part of the Hf- budget can reside in the rutile, which will most likely have a less radiogenic hafnium isotopic composition compared to the silicates. One can construct a limiting case by using mass balance arguments to calculate the hypothetical hafnium isotopic composition of the rutile. The bulk rock hafnium isotopic composition was constrained to be 4Ga old subducted oceanic crust. Even with a high modal abundance of rutile and a high Hf concentration in rutile, the calculated isotopic compositions are unrealistic and calculated rutile ages far exceed the age of the Universe. Using a younger age for the eclogite (2 or 3 Ga) does not significantly affect the calculated result. These first-order approximations show that the addition of rutile does not change the whole rock isotopic composition significantly from the radiogenic Hf-Nd compositions based on cpx and garnet alone. Our findings do not support geochemical models that predict 143Nd/144Nd and 176Hf

  6. Retrograde phase transitions of majoritic garnets included in diamonds: a case study of subcalcic Cr-rich majoritic pyrope from a Snap Lake diamond, Canada

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    Sobolev, N.; Wirth, R.; Logvinova, A. M.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Kuzmin, D. V.

    2008-12-01

    Majoritic garnets, containing pyroxene solid solution were initially discovered in diamonds from Monastery mine, South Africa (Moore, Gurney, 1985). They are very rare both in limited number of kimberlite pipes and alluvial sources (e.g. Stachel et al., 2005). Most of them are eclogitic, but some peridotitic (U/P-type) of lherzolitic (L) and wehrlitic (W) assemblages were also found (e.g. Sobolev et al., 1997; 2004). Significant percentage (40%) of majoritic garnets among subcalcic Cr-pyrope inclusions in diamonds was discovered in Snap Lake kimberlites (Pokhilenko et al., 2004). We present the results from a revised study of a harzburgitic (H) garnet with highest majorite content (up to 16 mol.%) by TEM techniques using FIB prepared foils (Wirth, 2004). Fine-grained symplectite consisting of low Ca orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, Cr-spinel and coesite was detected with TEM and confirmed by XRD in the inner part of the garnet grain forming a sharp interface with the host. EMPA showed identical chemical composition of the nanometer-sized symplectite and the garnet. Further polishing of the garnet grain removed the symplectite, which possibly was present as a thin lense within the garnet. Only pyroxene exsolutions from majorite garnet have been documented up to date (Wilding, 1990). The remaining garnet is completely homogeneous and contains unusually high Ni (118 ppm) and very depleted REE patterns, less than 0.8-0.4 Grt/C1-chondrite for MREE and HREE. This demonstrates very high temperature of its origin (1380°C) and pressure about 11 GPa. The detected symplectite represents partial retrograde phase transition of the examined garnet, which was probably caused by plastic deformation of diamond at high temperatures within the Earth's mantle (e.g. Stachel et al., 2005). In this particular sample such plastic deformation and retrograde reaction occurred within coesite stability field at depths no less than 100 km. Wehrlitic garnet containing very high majoritic

  7. Secondary graphitization in mantle-derived rocks

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    Pasteris, J.D.

    1988-09-01

    The assemblage magnesite + graphite +/- CH/sub 4/ has been identified by laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy in fluid inclusions in olivine grains in the Kao kimberlite and the Duluth Complex troctolite. In both cases, the assemblage (essentially Eggler's EMOG oxygen-fugacity buffer) is believed to arise from secondary reactions rather than from primary igneous processes. The known stability field in P-T-f/sub O/sub 2// space of the EMOG buffer, coupled with some other petrologic constraints imposed by the host rocks, indicates in both cases that the carbon-bearing assemblage was precipitated at low pressures and temperatures (less than or equal to 2 kbar, less than or equal to 550/sup 0/C) at oxygen fugacities within about 1 log (f/sub O/sub 2//) unit below the fayalite-magnetite-quartz (FMQ) buffer. The laser Raman microprobe provides compositional and structural data on the coexisting phases (including carbon) that further constrain the stability field of the natural assemblages.

  8. Composition of a carbonatitic melt in equilibrium with lherzolite at 5.5-6.3 GPa and 1350°C

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    Kruk, A. N.; Sokol, A. G.; Chebotarev, D. A.; Palyanov, Yu. A.; Sobolev, N. V.

    2016-03-01

    Generation of ultra-alkaline melts by the interaction of lherzolite with cardonatites of various genesis was simulated at the P- T parameters typical of the base of the subcratonic lithosphere. Experiments with a duration of 150 h were performed at 5.5 and 6.3 GPa and 1350°C. The concentrations of CaO and MgO in melts are buffered by the phases of peridotite, and the concentrations of alkalis and FeO depend on the composition of the starting carbonatite. Melts are characterized by a low (<7 wt %) concentration of SiO2 and Ca# from 0.40 to 0.47. It is demonstrated that only high-Mg groups of carbonatitic inclusions in fibrous diamonds have a composition close to that of carbonatitic melts in equilibrium with lherzolite. Most likely, the formation of kimberlite-like melts relatively enriched in SiO2 requires an additional source of heat from mantle plumes and probably H2O fluid.

  9. Thermal history of Colorado plateau lithoshere from Sm-Nd mineral geochronology of xenoliths

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    Wendlandt, E.; DePaolo, D.J.; Baldridge, W.S.

    1996-07-01

    The thermal history of the lower crust and upper mantle of the Colorado Plateau region is reconstructed on the basis of Nd and Sr isotopes in minerals and whole rock xenoliths hosted by Tertiary minette and kimberlite. Whole rock data indicate that the crustal rocks were extracted from the mantle at ca. 1900 Ma. The mineral ages, which are 30-100 m.y. younger than crystallization ages of Proterozoic `anorogenic` granitoids from regions bordering the Colorado Plateau, are interpreted as cooling ages set following the crustal thermal maximum at 1380-1440 Ma. The eclogite mineral ages are probably the ages of the host Garnet Ridge and Moses Rock diatremes, and require that Nd isotopes were maintained in equilibrium right up to the time of entrainment. The isotopic data and the mineral textures suggest that the eclogites were undergoing active recrystallization at 21 Ma. The contrast in mineral ages between granulite and eclogite xenoliths indicates that the equilibration temperatures of the two rock types reflect different times of equilibration, and therefore cannot be considered as evidence for a negative thermal gradient at depth. The Rb-Sr mineral data from the xenoliths give variable early Paleozoic and Proterozoic ages that cannot easily be assigned to geologic events. 55 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Geochemical survey of lower Pennsylvanian Corbin Sandstone outcrop belt in eastern Kentucky

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    Richers, D.M.

    1981-09-01

    Geochemical anomalies that may constitute further evidence for the existence of the east-west trending 38th Parallel lineament have been discovered in Wolfe, Powell, and Menifee Counties, Kentucky. Stream-water, stream-sediment, and outcrop samples collected along the northeast-southwest-trending Corbin Sandstone outcrop belt show anomalous concentrations of U, Th, Zn, Cu, and Ni only in parts of the belt that skirt the 38th Parallel lineament. Landsat studies also show that anomalies are closely associated with the intersections of the four major linear trends present in eastern Kentucky. This association, in part, suggests that the anomalies resulted from ascending fluids which utilize these lineaments as conduits. The presence of slightly uraniferous rock at Bell Branch in Menifee County (together with the presence of geochemical anomalies in the stream-water and sediment samples in Powell, Wolfe, and Menifee Counties) is encouraging even though commercial quantities of uranium or base metals have not been discovered. An anomalously uraniferous kimberlite pipe in Elliot County warrants additional study for this part of eastern Kentucky.

  11. Geochemistry and radiogenic isotope characteristics of xenoliths in Archean diamondiferous lamprophyres: Implications for the Superior Province cratonic keel

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    Wyman, D. A.; Hollings, P.; Conceição, R. V.

    2015-09-01

    Xenoliths retrieved from lamprophyric hosts in the Michipicoten belt fall into four groups defined by Al-Mg contents but do not include mantle peridotite. Based on immobile trace element abundances, the xenoliths are derived from magmas associated with the main phase of arc volcanism between 2.75 and 2.70 Ga or are co-genetic with the orogenic shoshonite suite. Trace elements distinguish two styles of metasomatism characterized either by LILE enrichment or both LILE and Zr-Hf (± Nb-Ta). The first is likely associated with a hydrous fluid while the second is related to melts that permeated underplated shoshonitic mafic magmas and cumulates or the older sub-arc mantle. The Sm-Nd isotopic compositions of the xenoliths indicate that an aged, highly depleted, source was tapped during the orogenic event. The formation depths of the lamprophyric magmas, and the xenoliths they contain, contrast with the calculated depths to the base of the depleted lithosphere based on xenoliths retrieved from post-Archean kimberlites. The differences imply a late docking of the ~ 150-160 km deep Archean keel beneath the Abitibi-Wawa terrane following the emplacement of major orogenic gold deposits.

  12. Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between phenocrysts and groundmasses

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    Fujimaki, H.; Tatsumoto, M.; Aoki, K.-I.

    1984-01-01

    Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase, garnet, amphibole, ilmenite, phlogopite, and liquid are presented. Samples consist of megacrysts in kimberlite, phenocrysts in alkaline basalts, tholeiitic basalts and andesitic to dacitic rocks, and synthetic garnet and clinopyroxene in Hawaiian tholeiites. The Hf-Lu and Zr-Lu elemental fractionations are as large as the Lu-Sm or Lu-Nd fractionation. The Hf and Zr partition coefficients between mafic phenocrysts and liquids are smaller than the Lu partition coefficients, but are similar to the Nd or Sm partition coefficients. The Hf and Zr partition coefficients between ilmenite, phlogopite, and liquid are larger than the Lu partition coefficients for these minerals and their corresponding liquids. The Hf-Zr elemental fractionation does not occur except for extreme fractionation involving Zr-minerals and extremely low fO2. These data have an important bearing on chronological and petrogenetic tracer studies involving the Lu-Hf isotopic system.

  13. Anorthositic oceanic crust in the Archean Earth

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    Jagoutz, E.; Dawson, J. B.; Hoernes, S.; Spettel, B.; Waenke, H.

    1985-01-01

    Ultrapure minerals separated from eclogite inclusions in kimberlites were analyzed for Sm, Nd, Sr, and oxygen isotopes and for major and trace elements. Clinopyroxene (cpx) and garnet (gnt) are the only primary mineral phases in these rocks, and mineral phases and their alteration products. The WR sub calc. is the reconstructed bulk composition excluding all the contamination influences. Two groups of eclogites: are distinguished: (1) type A Noritic-anorthositic eclogites; and (2) type B Ti-ferrogabbroic eclogites. The oxygen isotopes are primary mantle-derived features of these rocks and are not caused by posteruption processes, as they were measured on unaltered, clean mineral separates and show a correlation with REE pattern and Sr and Nd isotopes. It is suggested that the variation of the oxygen isotopes are caused by crustal-level fluid-rock interaction at relatively low temperature. It is shown that oxygen isotopes variation in MORB basalts caused by the hydrothermal system are in the same range as the observed oxygen isotope variation in eclogites. A model to explain the new set of data is proposed. It is thought that some of these eclogites might be emplaced into the upper lithosphere or lower crust at the time corresponding to their internal isochron age. The calculated WR composition was used to estimate model ages for these rocks.

  14. Contact zones and hydrothermal systems as analogues to repository conditions

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    Wollenberg, H.A.; Flexser, S.

    1984-10-01

    Radioactive waste isolation efforts in the US are currently focused on examining basalt, tuff, salt, and crystalline rock as candidate rock types to encompass waste repositories. As analogues to near-field conditions, the distributions of radio- and trace-elements have been examined across contacts between these rocks and dikes and stocks that have intruded them. The intensive study of the Stripa quartz monzonite has also offered the opportunity to observe the distribution of uranium and its daughters in groundwater and its relationship to U associated with fracture-filling and alteration minerals. Investigations of intrusive contact zones to date have included (1) a tertiary stock into Precambrian gneiss, (2) a stock into ash flow tuff, (3) a rhyodacite dike into Columbia River basalt, and (4) a kimberlite dike into salt. With respect to temperature and pressure, these contact zones may be considered "worst-case scenario" analogues. Results indicate that there has been no appreciable migration of radioelements from the more radioactive intrusives into the less radioactive country rocks, either in response to the intrusions or in the fracture-controlled hydrological systems that developed following emplacement. In many cases, the radioelements are locked up in accessory minerals, suggesting that artificial analogues to these would make ideal waste forms. Emphasis should now shift to examination of active hydrothermal systems, studying the distribution of key elements in water, fractures, and alteration minerals under pressure and temperature conditions most similar to those expected in the near-field environment of a repository. 14 refs.

  15. [Study on the Micro-FTIR Spectra of the Euhedral Faceted Polycrystalline Diamonds (EFPCDs) from Western Yangtze Craton and Its Geological Significance].

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    Hu, Piao-ye; Zeng, Liang-liang; Yang, Zhi-jun; Fu, Hai-fu; Liu, Si-wei; Shen, Wen-jie; Peng, Zhuo-lun

    2015-06-01

    The results of Micro-FTIR spectra analysis of the euhedral faceted polycrystalline diamonds (EFPCDs) from the Western Yangtze Craton show that the EFPCDs are mostly IaAB type, the concentration of nitrogen.varies greatly from 25. 70- 358.35 μg x g(-1). Different nitrogen content distributes in different diamond grains or position in same sample. The C Center was not found in the samples and the conversion from A center to B center is incomplete, in the meanwhile, B% value concentrated in 40%. Thus, polycrystalline diamonds are not formed in the stage of nucleation but gathered together after formation of the individual diamond grains during the residence time in the mantle. And its formation environment is. more complex than the euhedral faceted polycrystalline diamonds from Mengyin kimberlite, the Eastern of North China Craton. The diamonds extremely possibly originated in the deep mantle from 160 to 180 km, reaching the depth of the core of the Yangtze Craton, at the same time it is close to the bottom of the lithosphere. The C-H bond of sp2 hybridization are conducive to the formation of platelets in diamonds. Meanwhile, its concentrations are generally higher than the C-H bond of sp3 hybridization in the samples. PMID:26601362

  16. The Hadean-Archaean Environment

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    Sleep, Norman H.

    2010-01-01

    A sparse geological record combined with physics and molecular phylogeny constrains the environmental conditions on the early Earth. The Earth began hot after the moon-forming impact and cooled to the point where liquid water was present in ∼10 million years Subsequently, a few asteroid impacts may have briefly heated surface environments, leaving only thermophile survivors in kilometer-deep rocks. A warm 500 K, 100 bar CO2 greenhouse persisted until subducted oceanic crust sequestered CO2 into the mantle. It is not known whether the Earth's surface lingered in a ∼70°C thermophile environment well into the Archaean or cooled to clement or freezing conditions in the Hadean. Recently discovered ∼4.3 Ga rocks near Hudson Bay may have formed during the warm greenhouse. Alkalic rocks in India indicate carbonate subduction by 4.26 Ga. The presence of 3.8 Ga black shales in Greenland indicates that S-based photosynthesis had evolved in the oceans and likely Fe-based photosynthesis and efficient chemical weathering on land. Overall, mantle derived rocks, especially kimberlites and similar CO2-rich magmas, preserve evidence of subducted upper oceanic crust, ancient surface environments, and biosignatures of photosynthesis. PMID:20516134

  17. The effect of temperature and pressure on the distribution of iron group elements between metal and olivine phases in the process of differentiation of protoplanetary material

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    Vinogradov, A. P.; Ilyin, N. P.; Kolomeytsava, L. N.

    1977-01-01

    The distribution patterns of Ni, Co, Mn, and Cr were studied in olivines of various origins: from meteorites (chondrites, achondrites, pallasites), which are likely analogs of the protoplanetary material, to peridotite inclusions in kimberlite pipes, which are analogs of mantle material. According to X-ray microanalysis data, nickel is concentrated in peridotite olivines, while manganese is concentrated in meteoritic olivines. The maximum chromium content was found in ureilites, which were formed under reducing conditions. Experiments at pressures of 20 to 70 kbar and temperatures of 1100 to 2000 C have shown that in a mixture of olivine and Ni metal or NiO, nickel enters the silicate phase, displacing Fe into the metallic phase. Equilibrium temperatures were estimated from the Fe, Ni distribution coefficients between the metal and olivine: 1500 K for pallasites, 1600 K for olivine-bronzite H6 chondrites, 1200 K for olivine-hypersthene L6, 900 K for LL6, and 1900 K for ureilites (at P = 1 atm). The equilibrium conditions of peridotites are close to T = 1800 K and P over 100 kbar. It is concluded that there is a sharp difference between the conditions of differentiation of the protoplanetary material at the time meteorites were formed and the conditions of differentiation of the planets into concentric layers.

  18. A Special Issue (Part-II): Mafic-ultramafic rocks and alkaline-carbonatitic magmatism and associated hydrothermal mineralization - dedication to Lia Nikolaevna Kogarko

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    Kogarko, Lia N.; Gwalani, Lalchand G.; Downes, Peter J.; Randive, Kirtikumar R.

    2015-10-01

    This is the second part of a two-volumespecial issue of Open Geoscience (formerly Central European Journal of Geosciences) that aims to be instrumental in providing an update of Mafic-Ultramafic Rocks and Alkaline- Carbonatitic Magmatism and Associated Hydrothermal Mineralization. Together, these two volumes provide a detailed and comprehensive coverage of the subjects that are relevant to the research work of P.Comin-Chiaramonti (Italy) and LiaN. Kogarko (Russia) towhomPart-I and Part- II have been respectively dedicated. To a significant extent, the development of advanced sampling technologies related to alkaline and carbonatitic magmatism by Lia N. Kogarko, has allowed geoscientists to measure and sample the deep crust of the planet not only for the exploration for the mineral deposits, but also to answer basic scientific questions about the origin and evolution of alkaline rocks (kimberlites, lamproites and related rocks associated with carbonatites). The papers presented in this Part-II of the special issue cover the petrology and geochemistry of the rocks collected from the surface and penetrated by drilling. Lia Kogarko proposed a new theory for the evolution of alkaline magmatism in the geological history of the Earth - that the appearance of alkaline magmatism at the Archaean-Proterozoic boundary (~2.5 - 2.7 Ga), and its growing intensity, was related to changes in the geodynamic regime of the Earth and oxidation of the mantle due to mantle-crust interaction.

  19. Evaluation of thermobarometers for garnet peridotites

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    Finnerty, A. A.; Boyd, F. R.

    1984-01-01

    Twenty-one geothermometers and six geobarometers are evaluated for accuracy and precision for garnet lherzolites, with a suite of well-equilibrated xenoliths from kimberlites of northern Lesotho. Accuracy was tested by comparison of P-T estimates for a diamond-bearing and a graphite-bearing xenolith with the experimentally determined diamond-graphite univariant curve and by comparison of P-T estimates for phlogopite-bearing xenoliths to the high-temperature stability limit of phlogopite. Precision was evaluated by measuring the scatter of P-T estimates for each of four xenoliths from a wide range of P and T when many point analyses of the constituent minerals are used for P-T estimation. Most satisfactory is a thermobarometer composed of the uncorrected diopside-enstatite miscibility gap of Lindsley and Dixon (1976), combined with the uncorrected isopleths for aluminum in enstatite coexisting with pyrope of MacGregor (1974). The inflection observed in the northern Lesotho paleogeotherm cannot be an artifact of the method of temperature estimation.

  20. Shock Re-equilibration of Fluid Inclusions

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    Madden, M. E. Elwood; Horz, F.; Bodnar, R. J.

    2004-01-01

    Fluid inclusions (microscopic volumes of fluid trapped within minerals as they precipitate) are extremely common in terrestrial minerals formed under a wide range of geological conditions from surface evaporite deposits to kimberlite pipes. While fluid inclusions in terrestrial rocks are nearly ubiquitous, only a few fluid inclusion-bearing meteorites have been documented. The scarcity of fluid inclusions in meteoritic materials may be a result of (a) the absence of fluids when the mineral was formed on the meteorite parent body or (b) the destruction of fluid inclusions originally contained in meteoritic materials by subsequent shock metamorphism. However, the effects of impact events on pre-existing fluid inclusions trapped in target and projectile rocks has received little study. Fluid inclusions trapped prior to the shock event may be altered (re-equilibrated) or destroyed due to the high pressures, temperatures, and strain rates associated with impact events. By examining the effects of shock deformation on fluid inclusion properties and textures we may be able to better constrain the pressure-temperature path experienced by terrestrial and meteoritic shocked materials and also gain a clearer understanding of why fluid inclusions are rarely found in meteorite samples.