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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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. Kimberlite Ascent: Insights from Olivine

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    Brett, C.; Russell, K.

    2009-05-01

    Olivine is ubiquitous in both extrusive and intrusive kimberlite deposits worldwide. Within kimberlite, it is mainly present as xenocrysts derived from the disaggregation of mantle-derived peridotitic xenoliths. Many textural and chemical features within the mantle-derived olivine xenocrysts result from post entrainment processes. On that basis, these features record physical and chemical changes attending kimberlite ascent and can be used to elucidate the transport and eruption of kimberlite magma. Our textural study of kimberlitic olivine is based on intrusive and pyroclastic kimberlite from the Diavik kimberlite cluster and from the Igwisi Hills kimberlitic lava flows. Based on these observations and the physical and chemical properties of olivine we derive a relative sequence of textural events. Textural features include: sealed cracks, healed cracks, phases trapping in cracks, rounded grains, overgrowths and phase trapping in overgrowths. These features record processes that operate in kimberlite during ascent, and from these features we create a summary model for kimberlite ascent: -- Olivine is incorporated into kimberlitic melts in peridotitic mantle xenoliths continuously during ascent. Xenolith incorporation is focused at the crack tip where the stress regime is highest. -- Shortly after the incorporation of these xenocrysts the tensile strength of the xenoliths is reached at a maximum of 2 km from its source. Disaggregation of mantle xenoliths (producing xenocrysts) is facilitated by expansion of the minerals within the xenoliths causing intra-crystal slip (i.e. along grain boundaries). -- Continued decompression causes olivine to also break in tension approximately 20 km from source. The void space produced by the failure of the crystals (inter-crystal cracks) is filled with melt and crystals consisting of primary carbonate (high-Sr), chromite and spinel crystals. The carbonate later crystallizes to produce sealed fractures. -- Mechanical rounding of

  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. 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.

  7. Cracks preserve kimberlite melt composition

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    Brett, R. C.; Vigouroux-Caillibot, N.; Donovan, J. J.; Russell, K.

    2009-12-01

    The chemical composition of kimberlite melts has previously been estimated by measuring aphanitic intrusive rocks (deposit composition) or by partial melting experiments on carbonated lherzolites (source composition). Pervasively altered, degassed and contaminated material preclude the determination of the primitive melt composition. Here we present data on melt compositions trapped in unaltered olivine cracks that have been healed and overgrown prior to shallow level emplacement. During the ascent of kimberlite magma the prograding crack tip samples mantle peridotite xenoliths. Xenoliths rapidly disaggregate over the first few kilometers of transport producing a population of olivine xenocrysts that are released to the fluid-rich melt. Rapid ascent of the kimberlite magma causes depressurization and creates internal elastic stresses in the olivine crystals that can only be alleviated by volumetric expansion or brittle failure. On the time scales operative during kimberlite ascent volume expansion is negligible and brittle failure occurs. Small wetting angles between the fluid-rich melt and olivine allow infiltration of the melt into the crack. These very thin cracks (<5 µm) heal rapidly and preserve primary kimberlitic material en route to the surface. We use the electron microprobe with a focused beam (interaction volume less than 2 µm) to analyze the small volumes of material found in the healed cracks of the olivine. We analyzed for 18 elements including oxygen, which we obtained by utilizing a non-linear time dependent intensity acquisition and empirically determined mass absorption coefficients. By accurately knowing the amount of oxygen in a sample, we assign oxygen molecules to all other analyzed elements (e.g. MgO, Al2O3) and the remaining oxygen is assigned to hydrogen and carbon. The analysis total is used as a constraint on the proportion of each species. Mg/Ca ratios of the cracks vary from 0.6-5 indicating a compositional continuum between alkali

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy.

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

    2012-01-18

    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Criteria for interpreting kimberlite as coherent: insights from the Muskox and Jericho kimberlites (Nunavut, Canada)

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

    2011-10-01

    The Jurassic Muskox and Jericho kimberlites (Northern Slave Province, Nunavut, Canada) contain a variety of facies exhibiting different geometries, contact relationships, internal organisation, country rock abundance and olivine shapes, although many have similar matrix/groundmass mineralogies and textures. Five facies are examined that either have characteristics consistent with coherent rocks in general (i.e. intrusive and extrusive non-fragmental rocks) or are mineralogically and texturally similar to kimberlite described as coherent (or apparent coherent). Three facies are interpreted as coherent on the basis of: (1) geological setting, (2) apparent-porphyritic texture, (3) sharp contacts with fragmental kimberlite, (4) relative abundance of elongate and unbroken olivine crystals and (5) paucity of country rock xenoliths, while the remaining two facies are interpreted as fragmental on the basis of: (1) the gradational contacts with demonstrably fragmental kimberlite, (2) relative abundance and range of sizes of country rock lithic clasts and (3) numerous broken olivine crystals. Comparisons are made with coherent and apparent-coherent kimberlite from the literature. Our three coherent facies are similar to literature reported coherent kimberlite dykes hosted in country rock (CKd) in terms of internal organisation, low abundance of country rock xenoliths, and apparent-porphyritic texture. Conversely, our two fragmental facies share attributes with previously described pipe-filling coherent and apparent-coherent kimberlite (CKpf) in terms of geometry, internal organisation and abundance of country rock xenoliths. We conclude that CKd and most CKpf, although similar in matrix/groundmass mineralogy and texture, can be distinguished on the basis of internal organisation, country rock lithic clast abundance, texture (e.g. apparent-porphyritic texture) and possibly olivine crystal shapes and suggest that fragmental kimberlite is more common than reported.

  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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

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    Afanasyev, A. A.; Melnik, O.; Porritt, L.; Schumacher, J. C.; Sparks, R. S. J.

    2014-07-01

    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. 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 is narrower leading to faster cooling. These predictions are consistent with fresh olivine and serpentine distribution in the Diavik A418 kimberlite pipe, (NWT, Canada) and with features of kimberlites of the Yakutian province in Russia affected by influx of ground water brines. Fast reactions and increases in the volume of solid products compared to the reactants result in self-sealing and low water-rock ratios (estimated at <0.2). Such low water-rock ratios result in only small changes in stable isotope compositions; for example, δO18 is predicted only to change slightly from mantle values. The model supports alteration of kimberlites predominantly by interactions with external non-magmatic fluids.

  10. 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

  11. Origin of carbonate xenoliths in Siddanpalli kimberlites, Southern India

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    Anand, M.; Osborne, I.; Gilmour, M. A.; Chalapath Rao, N. V.

    2009-04-01

    A number of carbonate xenoliths have been recently discovered from the three kimberlites (designated as SK1, SK2, SK3) of the Siddanpalli kimberlite cluster (SKC; Sridhar et al., 2004) of Southern India. These kimberlites intrude the Precambrian granite-greenstone terrain of Gadwal schist belt of Eastern Dharwar Craton (e.g., Dongre et al., 2008). Rb-Sr phlogopite/whole-rock dating of one of these bodies, SK1, has yielded an age of 1093 ± Ma (Kumar et al. 2007). Previously, Dongre et al. (2008) reported an occurrence of a limestone xenolith from the SK2 kimberlite. Based on petrographic, geochemical, and C and O isotope data these authors suggested a sedimentary origin for the limestone xenolith. However, now we have documented a larger variation in the nature of carbonate material occurring as xenoliths in these kimberlites, ranging from micro-crystalline segregations to well-formed carbonate crystals. Thus, it is likely that a number of sources and/or processes have been involved in their formation. We are in the process of measuring carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions of individual carbonate xenoliths in order to further constrain their origin.

  12. An Unusual Example of Coherent Kimberlite From the Muskox Kimberlite (Nunavut, Canada): a Re-evaluation of the Criteria for Recognising Coherent Kimberlite

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    Hayman, P.; Cas, R.

    2009-05-01

    Although there is no published treatise on the criteria for recognising coherent kimberlite (CK), a review of the kimberlite literature will reveal that there is some consensus on its characteristics. For example, in most publications in the last kimberlite conference (8IKC volume 1) in which CK is discussed, the groundmass is described as 'uniform and well-crystallised' and spinel crystals are almost always present in abundance. Macroscopic features and contact relationships, however, are less commonly reported and do not seem to be important for the distinction of CK from fragmental rocks. Here we report contact relationships, facies distributions, textural features and mineralogy for one coherent and two fragmental facies from the Muskox kimberlite (Nunavut, Canada) to initiate debate on the criteria for distinguishing coherent from fragmental kimberlite, which we also refer to as volcaniclastic kimberlite (VK). Particular focus is placed on the coherent facies, which has unusual groundmass characteristics that have not been previously described in the kimberlite literature. Emplaced within granodiorite country rocks, the Muskox kimberlite is a steeply-tapering, single-vent, kimberlite body, measuring 200 x 220 m, that is infilled with VK and minor amounts of CK. VK is divided into two main facies, a light-coloured, country rock-rich facies (VK1) and a dark-coloured, olivine-rich facies (VK2). VK2 is mostly enclosed by VK1, forming an off-centre nested architecture. The contact between the facies is roughly vertical and gradational over distances up to 10 meters, however, in most drillholes that intersect the contact, the two VK facies alternate several times, thus forming an apparent inter-digitating relationship. Both facies are massive, poorly sorted and range from matrix- to clast-supported and contain olivine crystals, country rock lithic clasts of limestone and granodiorite and rare juvenile pellets. The matrix of VK1 consists mainly of serpentine, calcite

  13. 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.

  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.

  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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. CO2 degassing in ascending magmas: from MORBs to kimberlites.

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    Guillot, Bertrand; Folliet, Nicolas; Sator, Nicolas

    2013-04-01

    Kimberlites and MORB samples exhibit very different CO2 contents (generally much less than 1wt% CO2 for MORBs and up to 15 wt% or more for kimberlites). For MORBs a majority of the CO2 content is found in the vesicles whereas for kimberlites it is dissolved in the groundmass. These differences in CO2 abundance are assigned to a large variation of the CO2 solubility with melt composition. However, the composition of MORBs is well established while that of kimberlite magmas is badly constrained due to alteration. Recent studies (Canil and Bellis, 2008; Sparks et al., 2009; Brooker et al., 2011) have suggested that primary kimberlite magmas originally had lower SiO2 contents than the commonly reconstructed compositions, and that the latter ones could be transitional between silicate (×25 wt% SiO2) and carbonate (˜5wt% SiO2) melts. Indeed, CO2 solubility data suggest that a melt composed of 25-35 wt% SiO2 (as estimated in reconstructed compositions) should be almost fully degassed in CO2 when the magma enters the root zone of kimberlites (~1-2 kbar) whereas the observed CO2 abundance mostly exceed 10 wt% CO2. This has prompted us to investigate by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations the degassing trajectory of CO2-rich silicate melts of various composition ascending adiabatically. In using a force field recently developed by us to describe CO2-bearing silicate melts (Guillot and Sator, 2011), we have simulated three magma compositions in the CO2-CMAS system: a basaltic (with ~49 wt% SiO2 on a volatile free basis), a kimberlitic (~36 wt% SiO2) and a transitional (~13 wt% SiO2) composition. In considering a CO2-rich source region located at 250 km depth in the astenosphere (Tp ~1450° C), the three CO2-saturated magmas are then decompressed adiabatically in the course of the MD simulation. The adiabatic expansion of the melts induces at once a cooling effect and a CO2-degassing which are consistent with observations. In particular, our simulations show that only the

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    2012-05-15

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. (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

  17. Multi-stage kimberlite evolution tracked in zoned olivine from the Benfontein sill, South Africa

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    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2016-10-01

    Olivine is the dominant mineral present in kimberlite magmas; however, due to the volatile-rich nature of most kimberlites, they rarely survive late-stage serpentinisation. Here we present major and trace element data for a rare example of ultra-fresh olivine in a macrocrystic calcite kimberlite from the Benfontein kimberlite sill complex. Olivines are characterised by xenocrystic cores surrounded by multiple growth zones representing melt crystallisation and late-stage equilibration. Two distinct core populations are distinguished: Type 1) low Fo (88-89), Ni-rich, Ca- and Na-rich cores, interpreted here to be the result of carbonate-silicate metasomatism potentially as part of the earliest stages of kimberlite magmatism, and Type 2) high Fo (91-93), Ni-rich, low-Ca cores derived from a typical garnet peridotite mantle source. In both cases, the cores have transitional margins (Fo89-90) representing equilibration with a proto-kimberlite melt. Trace element concentrations, in particular Cr, of these transition zones suggest formation of the proto-kimberlite melt through assimilation of orthopyroxene from the surrounding garnet peridotite lithology. Trace element trends in the surrounding melt-zone olivine (Fo87-90) suggest evolution of the kimberlite through progressive olivine crystallisation. The final stages of olivine growth are represented by Fe-rich (Fo85) and P-rich olivine indicating kimberlite evolution to mafic compositions. Fine (< 60 μm), Mg-rich olivine rims (Fo94-98) represent equilibration with the final stages of kimberlite evolution back to Fe-poor carbonatitic melts. We present a step-by-step model for kimberlite magma genesis and evolution from mantle to crust tracked by the chemistry of olivines in the Benfontein kimberlite. These steps include early stages of metasomatism and mantle assimilation followed by direct crystallisation of the kimberlite melt and late-stage equilibration with the evolved carbonatitic residual liquids. The Ca contents

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

    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.

  1. 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

  2. Zircon megacrysts from kimberlite: oxygen isotope variability among mantle melts

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    Valley, John W.; Kinny, Peter D.; Schulze, Daniel J.; Spicuzza, Michael J.

    The oxygen isotope ratios of Phanerozoic zircons from kimberlite pipes in the Kaapvaal Craton of southern Africa and the Siberian Platform vary from 4.7 to 5.9‰ VSMOW. High precision, accurate analyses by laser reveal subtle pipe-to-pipe differences not previously suspected. These zircons have distinctive chemical and physical characteristics identifying them as mantle-derived megacrysts similar to zircons found associated with diamond, coesite, MARID xenoliths, Cr-diopside, K-richterite, or Mg-rich ilmenite. Several lines of evidence indicate that these 18O values are unaltered by kimberlite magmas during eruption and represent compositions preserved since crystallization in the mantle, including: U/Pb age, large crystal size, and the slow rate of oxygen exchange in non-metamict zircon. The average 18O of mantle zircons is 5.3‰, 0.1 higher and in equilibrium with values for olivine in peridotite xenoliths and oceanic basalts. Zircon megacrysts from within 250 km of Kimberley, South Africa have average 18O=5.32+/-0.17 (n=28). Small, but significant, differences among other kimberlite pipes or groups of pipes may indicate isotopically distinct reservoirs in the sub-continental lithosphere or asthenosphere, some of which are anomalous with respect to normal mantle values of 5.3+/-0.3. Precambrian zircons (2.1-2.7 Ga) from Jwaneng, Botswana have the lowest values yet measured in a mantle zircon, 18O=3.4 to 4.7‰. These zircon megacrysts originally crystallized in mafic or ultramafic rocks either through melting and metasomatism associated with kimberlite magmatism or during metamorphism. The low 18O zircons are best explained by subduction of late Archean ocean crust that exchanged with heated seawater prior to underplating as eclogite and to associated metasomatism of the mantle wedge. Smaller differences among other pipes and districts may result from variable temperatures of equilibration, mafic versus ultramafic hosts, or variable underplating. The narrow

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Zircon U-Th-Pb-He double dating of the Merlin kimberlite field, Northern Territory, Australia

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    McInnes, Brent I. A.; Evans, Noreen J.; McDonald, Brad J.; Kinny, Peter D.; Jakimowicz, Janusz

    2009-11-01

    This paper discusses the development of a combined U/Pb and (U-Th)/He geochronology method for single zircon grains and the potential application of this technique in diamond exploration. Zircon entrained within kimberlite deposits should have distinctive U-Th-Pb-He signatures compared to those found in the host terrane. To investigate the application of zircon double dating to kimberlite diamond exploration, we analysed zircon from the Sacramore kimberlite pipe located in the Merlin field in the Northern Territory of Australia. We also conducted a double dating study of detrital zircon from a regional sample of the Bukalara Sandstone, the principal host rock for the Merlin field. Repeated analysis of Fish Canyon zircon verified that the ion microprobe sputtering process used for U/Pb dating does not disturb the He content of the sample. The zircon U/Pb age for the Sacramore pipe ( n = 14) ranged from 1541-2433 Ma, consistent with the Mesoproterozoic formation of the North Australian Craton and indicating that the zircon obtained from the kimberlite is of xenocrystic origin. (U-Th)/He thermochronometry of these kimberlite zircon xenocrysts ( n = 33) yielded a mean weighted average age of 368 ± 4 Ma (2 σ), concordant with a previously determined phlogopite Rb-Sr age of 367 ± 4 Ma for the Merlin field. The U/Pb age (1472-2939 Ma; n = 41) of detrital zircon from the Bukalara Sandstone is statistically indistinguishable from that of the kimberlite zircon xenocrysts, while the detrital (U-Th)/He ages range from 459 to 1279 Ma. The double dating study indicates that the majority of the zircon grains in the Sacramore kimberlite pipe had their helium clocks reset to the time of kimberlite emplacement. Thermal resetting of the zircon xenocrysts may have been caused by either one or a combination of these processes: (i) the grains originated from lower- to mid-crustal depths (> 6 km) where ambient geothermal temperatures allowed the helium to diffuse out of the zircon as

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. The crater-facies kimberlite system of Tokapal, Bastar District, Chhattisgarh, India

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    Mainkar, Datta; Lehmann, Bernd; Haggerty, Stephen E.

    2004-09-01

    Discovery of diamondiferous kimberlites in the Mainpur Kimberlite Field, Raipur District, Chhattisgarh in central India, encouraged investigation of similar bodies in other parts of the Bastar craton. The earlier known Tokapal ultramafic intrusive body, located beyond the 19-km milestone in Tokapal village along the Jagdalpur-Geedam road, was reinterpreted as crater-facies kimberlite. Its stratigraphic position in the Meso-Neoproterozoic intracratonic sedimentary Indravati basin makes it one of the oldest preserved crater-facies kimberlite systems. Ground and limited subsurface data (dug-, tube-wells and exploratory boreholes) have outlined an extensive surface area (>550 ha) of the kimberlite. The morphological and surface color features of this body on enhanced satellite images suggest that there is a central feeder surrounded by a collar and wide pyroclastic apron. Exploration drilling indicates that the central zone probably corresponds to a vent overlain by resedimented volcaniclastic (epiclastic) rocks that are surrounded by a 2-km-wide spread of pyroclastic rocks (lapilli tuff, tuff/ash beds and volcaniclastic breccia). Drill-holes also reveal that kimberlitic lapilli tuffs and tuffs are sandwiched between the Kanger and Jagdalpur Formations and also form sills within the sedimentary sequence of the Indravati basin. The lapilli tuffs are commonly well stratified and display slumping. Base surges and lava flows occur in the southern part of the Tokapal system. The geochemistry and petrology of the rock correspond to average Group I kimberlite with a moderate degree of contamination. However, the exposed rock is intensely weathered and altered with strong leaching of mobile elements (Ba, Rb, Sr). Layers of vesicular fine-grained glassy material represent kimberlitic lava flows. Tuffs containing juvenile lapilli with pseudomorphed olivine macrocrysts are set in a talc-serpentine-carbonate matrix with locally abundant spinel and sphene. Garnet has not been

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Crustal Signatures in Mantle Peridotites From Yakutian Kimberlites

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    Taylor, L. A.; Spetsius, Z.; Wiesli, R.; Anand, M.; Valley, J.

    2002-12-01

    Peridotites and eclogites are considered as the original hosts for diamonds in the mantle. However, it is now generally agreed that these "mantle" eclogites from kimberlites had their origin in the subduction of oceanic crust beneath the major cratons of the world. One of the first indications for such crustal protoliths was from studies of oxygen and carbon isotopes (e.g., Peter Deines and colleagues, Ian McGregor, as well as our group). Indeed, subsequent studies of such rocks have revealed several additional crustal signatures. A possible scenario involves the subduction of an ophiolite sequence, whereby the basaltic and lower mafic components were metamorphosed, devolatilized/partially melted, and otherwise transformed into eclogites. Being within the diamond-stability field, they later experience metasomatic diamond formation. Surprisingly, the closely associated diamondiferous peridotites are considered to be of original mantle origin. We pose the query: What became of the ultramafic portion at the bottom of the crustal sequence? Could this be the origin of at least some of the mantle peridotites? The restricted δ13C values for P-type (peridotitic) diamonds is commonly used as evidence for the mantle origin of peridotites. However, a compilation of δ13C data, published by Peter Deines and our group, for P-type diamonds, mainly from numerous south African pipes, also shows a significant number of values that are well below the mantle field (to -20 \\permil). Fresh, clean garnets were carefully selected from over a hundred peridotites collected from several Yakutian kimberlites. These were subjected to oxygen-isotope analyses by laser-fluorination at the University of Wisconsin. The majority of the δ18O values plot within the accepted mantle value of 5.5+/-0.4 \\permil (Mattey et al., 1994). However, a significant number (~20%) lies outside this window, both above and below. These values are interpreted to represent the effects of both high- and low

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Volcanology of the Aries micaceous kimberlite, central Kimberley Basin, Western Australia

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    Downes, Peter J.; Ferguson, Dale; Griffin, Brendan J.

    2007-01-01

    The Neoproterozoic (815.4 ± 4.3 Ma) Aries kimberlite intrudes the King Leopold Sandstone and the Carson Volcanics in the central Kimberley Basin, northern Western Australia. Aries is comprised of a N-NNE-trending series of three diatremes and associated hypabyssal kimberlite dykes and plugs. The diatremes are volumetrically dominated by massive, clast-supported, accidental lithic-rich kimberlite breccias that were intruded by hypabyssal macrocrystic phlogopite kimberlite dykes and plugs with variably uniform- to globular segregationary-textured groundmasses. Lower-diatreme facies, accidental lithic-rich breccias probably formed through fall-back of debris into the vent with a major contribution from the collapse of the vent walls. These massive breccias are overlain by a sequence of bedded volcaniclastic breccias in the upper part of the north lobe diatreme. Abundant, poorly vesicular to nonvesicular, juvenile kimberlite ash and lapilli, with morphologies that are indicative of phreatomagmatic fragmentation processes, occur in a reversely graded volcaniclastic kimberlite breccia unit at the base of this sequence. This unit and overlying bedded accidental lithic-rich breccias are interpreted to be sediment gravity-flow deposits (including possible debris flows) derived from the collapse of the crater walls and/or tephra ring deposits that surrounded the crater. Diatreme-forming eruptions may have been initiated by magma-water interactions along fracture and joint-controlled aquifers within the King Leopold Sandstone. The current level of exposure of the diatremes probably extends from the lower-diatreme facies up into the base of a bedded upper-diatreme sequence.

  13. New data on kimberlite and lamproite magmatism in diamondiferous areas in the Western Urals

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    Goloburdina, Marina

    2014-05-01

    Rare potassic alkaline-ultrabasic rocks were first studied in the western slope of the Middle Urals (Perm Region) in the multiphase Blagodatsky Massif. They are represented by olivine-sanidine lamproite and kimberlite. Based on materials of bore-hole sections of up to ~ 500 m deep and trenches (~ 3.5 m x 2 km), it was identified that thin alkaline-ultrabasic rock bodies consist of pipe-like, vein and dyke intrusions. Alkaline-ultrabasic rocks are associated in the massive with PZ2 essexite-dolerite, trachydolerite and V2 trachybasalt. Rock contacts between one another and with terrigenous rocks (V2) and sandstone (D1) are tectonic or intrusive. Kimberlite is of specific mineral composition. It is characterized by the presence not only of three generations of olivine, but also altered melilite, sanidine, leucite that suggests that these rocks are transitional between kimberlite and lamproite. According to the classification of R.H. Mitchell (1995), similar rocks are an extreme member of Group II kimberlites. Such kimberlites are known in the Kroonstad area, South Africa (Besterskraal North, Voorspoed Mine) (G.H. Howarth, E. Michael et al., 2011). Chemical composition of the rocks varies widely due to superimposed transformations expressed in chloritization, silicification, carbonatization, micatization, hematitization, leucoxenization, albitization. Distribution of rare elements and rare earth elements in alkaline-ultrabasic rocks are similar to those in kimberlites of the Timan and the Arkhangelsk diamondiferous province. Accessory minerals are rare pyrope of lherzolite paragenesis, diopside, chrome-spinelide, picroilmenite and large zircons similar to those of kimberlite. Single diamonds of dodecahedroid shape have been found in bulk samples. They are typical of alluvial diamond occurrences and deposits of the Urals. Isotopic dating of zircons (SRIMP-II) yields the age of the alkaline-ultrabasic rocks corresponding to the Middle Paleozoic (D2-C1) and shows that

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. [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.

  4. 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.

  5. [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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Emplacement of crystal-rich magmas: insights from the Snap Lake kimberlite intrusion (NW Territories, Canada)

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    Gernon, Thomas; Sparks, Steve; Field, Matthew; Ogilvie-Harris, Rachael

    2010-05-01

    The Cambrian Snap Lake kimberlite intrusion (Northwest Territories, Canada) is a complex segmented diamond-bearing ore-body. Detailed geological investigations suggest that the intrusion is a multi-phase body with at least four different magmatic lithofacies. In particular, olivine-rich (phlogopite-poor) and olivine-poor (phlogopite-rich) varieties of hypabyssal kimberlite have been identified. Key observations are that olivine-rich lithofacies (ORK) has a strong tendency to be located where the intrusion is thickest and that there is a good correlation between intrusion thickness, olivine crystal size and crystal content. Accordingly the olivine-poor lithofacies (OPK) tends to be most abundant where the intrusion is thinnest. Complimentary studies demonstrate that the lithofacies are geochemically distinct, and are characterised by different diamond abundances and size distributions. Our data and observations suggest that the ORK and OPK represent different magma phases that have experienced different processes during transport and emplacement. Heterogeneities in the kimberlite lithofacies are attributed to variations in intrusion thickness and structural complexities. Auto-xenoliths of ORK within the OPK suggest that the magmas are closely related in time and have clearly exploited the same fracture system during intrusion, resulting in various degrees of intermingling. The geometry and distribution of lithofacies points to magmatic cointrusion, and flow differentiation driven by fundamental rheological differences between the ORK and OPK phases. The presence of such low viscosity, crystal-poor magmas may explain how extremely crystal-rich kimberlite magmas (> 60 vol.%) are able to reach the surface and erupt in kimberlite diatremes. We envisage that the low viscosity OPK magma acted as a lubricant for the highly viscous ORK magma; such rheological segregation is a common feature in other magmatic systems. The Snap Lake intrusion provides important insights into

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Why lower diatremes in kimberlitic and non-kimberlitic systems are non-stratified, homogenized, and contain steep internal contacts: episodic bursts and debris jets

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    Ross, P.; White, J. D.; Kurszlaukis, S.; Lorenz, V.; Zimanowski, B.; Buettner, R.; McClintock, M.

    2009-05-01

    In both kimberlitic and non-kimberlitic systems, the volcaniclastic fill of the lower diatreme zone is often described as "homogenized" or "well mixed". Although the components come from different sources, the deposits display "a crude degree of textural and lithological consistency" (Clement and Reid, 1989, "Kimberlites and related rocks", p. 632-646). Bedding is typically absent from the lower diatreme but in some pipes, columnar bodies of volcaniclastic material occur. These bodies have steep contacts with, and a different grain size, componentry, etc. than, the enclosing host. Sometimes the difference can be subtle and the contacts gradational, making recognition difficult. Good examples are documented from Arizona and Antarctica in basaltic systems and such columnar bodies are also known in kimberlites, where they are sometimes called "feeder conduits". Both the homogenized aspect of many diatremes, and the generation of steep internal contacts, have been attributed to whole-pipe fluidization by some recent workers. This process is unlikely to occur in large pipes because it would take a huge amount of gas being emitted at a sufficient rate to fluidize the whole pipe. Other recent models call for Plinian-scale eruptions. However it is clear that small episodic bursts, not sustained Plinian plumes, must explain the genesis of the hundreds of relatively thin beds in maar tephra rims (maar- diatreme volcanoes do not generate large ignimbrites or thick widespread pyroclastic fall layers). Here we examine what these episodic bursts may do to the underground part of the maar-diatreme volcano. An explosion at deep levels in the pipe will generate enough gas to mobilize newly fragmented magma and existing debris upward into a "debris jet", typically much narrower than the width of the diatreme. Debris jets propagate within the existing diatreme fill and may or may not reach the surface. Experimental studies can be used to illustrate the processes at work. With time

  13. Composition of garnet and clinopyroxene in peridotite xenoliths from the Grib kimberlite pipe, Arkhangelsk diamond province, Russia: Evidence for mantle metasomatism associated with kimberlite melts

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    Kargin, A. V.; Sazonova, L. V.; Nosova, A. A.; Tretyachenko, V. V.

    2016-10-01

    Here we present major and trace element data for garnet and clinopyroxene from mantle-derived peridotite xenoliths of the Grib kimberlite, the Arkhangelsk diamond province, Russia, and provide new insights into the metasomatic processes that occur within the subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) during the kimberlite generation and ascent. The mantle xenoliths examined in this study are both coarse and sheared garnet peridotites and consist of olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, garnet with minor ilmenite, magnetite, and Cr-spinel. Based on garnet and clinopyroxene composition, two groups of peridotite are recognized. One group contains high-Ti, light rare earth elements (LREE) enriched garnets and low-Mg# clinopyroxenes with low (La/Sm)n (C1 chondrite-normalized) values. This mineral assemblage was in equilibrium with a high-temperature carbonate-silicate metasomatic agent, presumably, a protokimberlite melt. Pressure-temperature (P-T) estimates (T = 1220 °C and P = 70 kbar) suggest that this metasomatic event occurred at the base of the SCLM. Another group contains low-Ti garnet with normal to sinusoidal rare earth elements (REE) distribution patterns and high-Mg# clinopyroxenes with wide range of (La/Sm)n values. The geochemical equilibrium between garnet and clinopyroxene coupled with their REE composition indicates that peridotite mantle experienced metasomatic transformation by injection of a low-Ti (after crystallizations of the ilmenite megacrysts) kimberlite melt that subsequently percolated through a refractory mantle column. Peridotites of this group show a wide range of P-T estimates (T = 730-1070 °C and P = 22-44 kbar). It is suggested that evolution of a kimberlite magma from REE-enriched carbonate-bearing to carbonate-rich ultramafic silicate compositions with lower REE occurs during the ascent and interaction with a surrounding lithospheric mantle, and this process leads to metasomatic modification of the SCLM with formation of both high

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Syn- and post-eruptive volcanic processes in the Yubileinaya kimberlite pipe, Yakutia, Russia, and implications for the emplacement of South African-style kimberlite pipes

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    Kurszlaukis, S.; Mahotkin, I.; Rotman, A. Y.; Kolesnikov, G. V.; Makovchuk, I. V.

    2009-11-01

    The Yubileinaya kimberlite pipe, with a surface area of 59 ha, is one of the largest pipes in the Yakutian kimberlite province. The Devonian pipe was emplaced under structural control into Lower Paleozoic karstic limestone. The pipe complex consists of several smaller precursor pipes which are cut by the large, round Main pipe. While the precursor pipes show many features typical for root zones, Main pipe is younger, cuts into the precursor pipes and exposes well-bedded volcaniclastic sediments. The maximum estimated erosion since emplacement is 250 m. Open pit mapping of a 180 m thick kimberlite sequence documents the waning phases of the volcanic activity in the kimberlite pipe and the onset of its crater infill by resedimentation. Three volcanic lithofacies types can be differentiated. The deepest and oldest facies type is a massive volcaniclastic rock ("AKB") only accessible in drill core. It is equivalent to Tuffisitic Kimberlite in South African pipes and thought to be related to the main volcanic phase which was characterized by violent explosions. The overlying lithofacies type comprises primary and resedimented volcaniclastic sediments as well as rock avalanche deposits sourced from the exposed maar crater collar. It represents the onset of sedimentation onto the crater floor during the waning phase of volcanic eruptions, where primary pyroclastic deposition was contemporaneous with resedimentation from the tephra wall and the widening maar crater. Ongoing volcanic activity is also testified by the presence of a vertical feeder conduit marking the area of the last volcanic eruption clouds piercing through the diatreme. This feeder conduit is overlain by the third and youngest lithofacies type which consists mainly of resedimented volcaniclastic material and lake beds. During the sedimentation of this facies, primary volcanic activity was only minor and finally absent and resedimentation processes dominated the crater infill. The Yubileinaya pipe complex

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Specific features of the melt percolation in mantle beneath the kimberlite pipes

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    Ashchepkov, I.

    2004-05-01

    Layered mantle sequences beneath kimberlite pipes influences on melt- fluid percolation. Units recognized from top: 1. Sp- and Sp-garnet facies primitive or Si-enriched. 10-20 kbar (I) heated to 70-90 mv/m2 similar to alkali basalt xenoliths; 2. Upper garnet facie -coarse enriched lherzolites 20-35 kbar (I-II) are diapiric rising from submelted (II) 3.Pyroxenite lens 35-45 kbar (III) 35-55 mv/m2 accumulated water from subducted peridotite dehydration; 4.Layered primary subduction harzburgite-eclogite sequence- 2-4 layers, 45-60 kbar (IV) 35-40 mv/m2; 5. Coarse Ga-dunites, B,C eclogites 60-65 kbar (V) 35 mv/m2 layer(Pokhilenko, Sobolev, 1987) is part of mantle wedge washed by fluids; 6. Lower asthenospheric unit are sheared or melt interacted peridotites resulted from melt impregnation or hot (to1400oC) pyroxenites intrusion 65-75 kbar (VI)or convective motion (Nixon,Boyd,1973); 7. Lower part lithospheric of keel dunites (Pokhilenko et al, 2003) or mixed with the pyroxenites or convective mantle material 75-120 kbar (VII) with subadiabatic PT conditions. Melt types. 1.Anatexic peridotite melts at 35 -40 kbar due to dehydration of slabs (hi- SiO2, Al2O3, CaO -alkalies ) rised to 19-12 kbars enriching diapir roofs and phase boundaries. 2. Subduction- related fluids-melts rising from slabs <45 with Na-Fe or 3.K- LILE metasomatites >70 kbar in continental margins (K- richterites and phlogopites decomposition); deep plum ultramafic kimberlite melts at 200 boundary melt due to density inversion (Agee, 2000), 4. differentiated protokimberlite melts created pre-eruption mantle feeding system; 5. basaltic melts came from 660km and crossing 200 boundary and stopped ~35 40 kbars interacting with pyroxenite lens, next light fluid-rich fractions riching 30-20 asthenospheric trap (Wyllie, 1973) causing Fe- Al enrichment. 7. Various hybrid melts produce by 2 types of plums forming pyroxenites, hydrous metasomatites near phase boundaries and tops of slabs layers. Growth of the

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

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    Carter, Hearn B.

    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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  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.

  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.

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

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    Carter, Hearn B.; 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.

  2. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  4. [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

  5. 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.

  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. 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

  8. 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

  9. Difficulties in distinguishing coherent from fragmental kimberlite: A case study of the Muskox pipe (Northern Slave Province, Nunavut, Canada)

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

    2008-06-01

    Kimberlite drill core from the Muskox pipe (Northern Slave Province, Nunavut, Canada) highlights the difficulties in distinguishing coherent from fragmental kimberlite and assessing the volcanological implications of the apparent gradational contact between the two facies. Using field log data, petrography, and several methods to quantify crystal and xenolith sizes and abundances, the pipe is divided into two main facies, dark-coloured massive kimberlite (DMK) and light-coloured fragmental kimberlite (LFK). DMK is massive and homogeneous, containing country-rock lithic clasts (~ 10%) and olivine macrocrysts (~ 15%) set in a dark, typically well crystallised, interstitial medium containing abundant microphenocrysts of olivine (~ 15%), opaques and locally monticellite, all of which are enclosed by mostly serpentine. In general, LFK is also massive and structureless, containing ~ 20% country-rock lithic clasts and ~ 12% olivine macrocrysts. These framework components are supported in a matrix of serpentinized olivine microphenocrysts (10%), microlites of clinopyroxene, and phlogopite, all of which are enclosed by serpentine. The contact between DMK and LFK facies is rarely sharp, and more commonly is gradational (from 5 cm to ~ 10 m). The contact divides the pipe roughly in half and is sub-vertical with an irregular shape, locally placing DMK facies both above and below the fragmental rocks. Most features of DMK are consistent with a fragmental origin, particularly the crystal- and xenolith-rich nature (~ 55-65%), but there are some similarities with rocks described as coherent kimberlite in the literature. We discuss possible origins of gradational contacts and consider the significance for understanding the origin of the DMK facies, with an emphasis on the complications of alteration overprinting of primary textures.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. 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.

  20. 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

  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. 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

  3. Evidence of mantle metasomatism in garnet peridotites from V. Grib kimberlite pipe (Arkhangelsk region, Russia)

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    Shchukina, Elena; Agashev, Alexey; Golovin, Nikolai; Pokhilenko, Nikolai

    2013-04-01

    We have studied 26 samples of garnet peridotite xenoliths from V.Grib pipe and 17 of them are phlogopite bearing. Studied peridotites have features of two types of modal metasomatism: low-temperature (˜ 1100 C°) and high-temperature (˜ 1100 C°). Low-temperature modal metasomatism: 17 samples contain modal phlogopite, which is present in the form of tabular grains (to 3 mm in size) and rims around pyrope grains. Chemical composition of minerals from phlogopite-garnet peridotites and phlogopite free peridotites is distinctly different. Olivine, garnet, orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene have higher concentration of FeO relative to these minerals in phlogopite free peridotites. Occurrence of phlogopite in peridotites indicates the influence of melt enriched in K2O, H2O, FeO and other incompatible elements. Two types of phlogopite have difference in chemical composition that indicates two different sources. High-temperature modal metasomatism: Reconstructed V.Grib pipe peridotite whole-rocks composition and high Mg# of peridotite olivines indicates that these samples are residues after 30-40 % partial melting of primitive mantle. At those high degree of partial melting all clinopyroxene and probably all garnet should be exhausted from residue. Character of REE patterns in garnets and clinopyroxenes indicates that the most garnets and all clinopyroxene in studied peridotites are of metasomatic origin. We used the method of geochemical modeling of fractional crystallization to establish the source's composition for garnets and clinopyroxenes. For geochemical modeling we used the composition of tholeitic basalts, picrites and carbonatites which occurred in Arkhangelsk diamondiferous province (ADP) and have emplacement ages similar to that of kimberlites. Modeling result indicates that garnets could be crystallized from alkali picrite and tholeite basalts compositions. Peridotites containing garnets equilibrated with picritic melt have a different position in lithospheric

  4. 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

  5. The Origin and Evolution of Kimberlite Melts: Stabilizing Phlogopite in the CMAS-CO2- H2O-K2O System

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    Buisman, I.; Sparks, S.; Walter, M.

    2008-12-01

    This project aims to investigate the melting phase relations of model lherzolite in the system CMAS- CO2-H2O-K2O to better understand the role of potassium (K) in the evolution and origin of kimberlitic melts. High-pressure multi-anvil and piston cylinder experiments are used to study this system at upper mantle pressures (3-9 GPa). This study aims at constraining the temperature and composition of primary melts at the volatile-rich mantle solidus at which kimberlite melts form. Kimberlites are potassium-rich, ultrabasic magmas (<35% SiO2), have a low viscosity (0.1-1 Pa s), and contain a very high volatile content (CO2 and H2O). A number of models have been suggested for the generation of carbonatite and kimberlite magmas, with the presence of volatiles being particularly important (eg. CO2). Together, H2O and CO2, show a much greater influence on the solidus of mantle lherzolite than when either are present alone. Melts of carbonatitic and kimberlitic composition can be produced under comparable P-T conditions by partial melting of carbonated lherzolite. Petrogenetic links between carbonatites and kimberlites are therefore implied in the CO2-bearing mantle source region (Gudfinnsson, 2005). The isobaric univariant equilibrium for melting of model lherzolite in CMAS-CO2-H2O-K2O is tracked at upper mantle conditions. This is done by constructing a series of bulk compositions that will saturate all phases and yield enough of each phase for EPMA analysis. The compositions of all phases along a portion of the isobaric univariant melting curves will be traced at a series of pressures. In this way, we can rigorously calculate the melting behaviour of lherzolite compositions as a function of pressure, temperature and bulk composition.

  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. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Mantle oddities: A sulphate fluid preserved in a MARID xenolith from the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa)

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    Giuliani, A.; Phillips, D.; Fiorentini, M. L.; Kendrick, M. A.; Maas, R.; Wing, B. A.; Woodhead, J. D.; Bui, T. H.; Kamenetsky, V. S.

    2013-08-01

    Sulphur in the lithospheric mantle is concentrated in sulphide minerals, with limited evidence for the occurrence of sulphate phases. Here we describe an unusual assemblage of celestine (SrSO4), clinopyroxene and minor phlogopite, pectolite, sphene, apatite, barite (BaSO4) and Ca-Sr carbonates in a MARID mantle xenolith sampled by the Bultfontein kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa). This assemblage occurs in veins that pervasively traverse the xenolith, indicating that celestine and the other vein minerals crystallised from a fluid. In the MARID host rock, K-richterite is resorbed where in contact with celestine and is overgrown by clinopyroxene. Celestine hosts the other metasomatic vein phases, but also occurs as inclusions in euhedral clinopyroxene, suggesting co-precipitation of these minerals. Celestine was partly replaced by serpentine during alteration by hydrous fluids after kimberlite emplacement in the upper crust. Celestine has relatively radiogenic Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr = 0.70677), which overlap those of K-richterite in the MARID host rock and fall within the range of other MARID and phlogopite-K-richterite peridotites sampled by southern African kimberlites. Celestine displays S isotopes (δ34S=+5.9‰) that are slightly heavier than typical mantle values (δ34S∼0‰) and there is no evidence of mass-independent fractionation (Δ33S=-0.01‰). The texture and chemical composition of the metasomatic phases indicate that the MARID rock was infiltrated by a sulphate fluid enriched in Sr, Ba, Na and Ca, with lesser P, Ti, LREE, CO2 and F. The similar Sr/Ba ratios and Sr isotopic compositions of celestine and K-richterite suggest that K-richterite breakdown contributed to the alkali enrichment of the sulphate fluid. A mantle origin for the sulphate fluid is supported by (i) comparisons between the Sr-S isotopic compositions of celestine and the host kimberlite, crustal and mantle lithologies from the area, and (ii) alteration of celestine by late

  12. New data for Eclogites and mantle xenocrysts and megacrysts from kimberlites of Dharwar craton , southern India.

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Ravi, Subramanian; Shankar Nayak, Shiva; Kaminsky, , Felix; Naflos, Theodoros; Vladykin, Nikolai

    2013-04-01

    Eclogitic mantle xenoliths from Proterozoic (1100) Kalyandurg kimberlite field (KL-4 pipe) Dharwar craton, India as well as the xenocrysts from pipes Wajrakarur kimberlite field pipes and others were analyzed by EPMA and LAM ICP MS methods. The eclogites (often with kyanite) (Patel et al., 2006) are composed mainly from garnet and Cpx, intergrain material is mainly represented by the carbonates and Ca- silicates. Garnets reveal Hi- CaO content to (10-12%) and Cpx are omphacites very low in FeO (1-3%) high Al2O3 (8-14% ) and Na2O (2-6 %) differing from the studied samples (Patel et al., 2009). The typical grosspidites (with kyanites coesite, K-Cpx and sanidine) have irregular compositions of minerals and fingerprint structures probably related to the crystallization from fluid. The compositions of the Cpx from Wajrakarur and other pipes reveal Hi - Cr2O3 (5%) content often higher then FeO and Na2O (4%). Garnets are in Lherzolite field in CaO - Cr2O3 (to 12%) diagram. Ilmenites with TiO2 variations (58-42%) show two trends of Cr2O3 enrichments accompanied by the general NiO and V2O5 decrease. Trace element s for eclogitic Cpx reveal high La/Ybn ratios, Eu peaks and flattened HREE. Garnet REE are not equilibrated and highly inclined. The TRE spiderdiagrams show depletion in HFSE (Ta>Nb), the most depleted show Y through for most depleted varieties. Garnets reveal U peak but low Sr CPx peaks in both Ba and Sr. The REE patterns Cpx xenocrysts from Wajrakarur are very similar in shape with varying incompatible part. They are showing high La/Ybn by the order of 2 and small humps in Ce-Pr. Spidergrams show small depletion in Zr- Hf and U and all incompatible elements and through in Pb . The REE of ilmenite xenocrysts show two models: high La/Ybn by 2 orders or nearly flattened patterns. Chromites show depletion in La-Pr elements. Ilmenite's TRE spiderrams show peaks in Nb-Ta and Pb and Zr- Hf . PTXFO2 diagrams for SCLM beneath the Wajrakarur and nearby fields show rather

  13. Structure of the mantle lithosphere beneath the Siberian kimberlite pipes reconstructed by monomineral thermobarometry

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.

    2009-04-01

    columns (10-13) is reconstructed by the stepped TPX trends formed at first by the combinations of subduction and superplume events coinciding with the Re/Os ages (Spetsius, 2007), overprinted by the reactions with the plume and other percolating melts The Fe# increase near the 60 kbar refer to the last superplume events the previous leave similar rhythmic Fe- dunite horizons at 11-12 levels. The comparison of the compositions of minerals and reconstruction of mantle roots for several phases for Yubileinay, Udachnaya and Nyurbinskaya pipes allow to reveal the evolution of the magmatic sources and their interaction with the mantle lithosphere. Reconstruction of the mantle columns beneath 60 pipes allow to make the transsects of the kimberlite fields and the 3D model of the mantle beneath the dense kimberlite clusters with many close located diatrems Mesozoic mantle columns beneath the Anabar, Olenek, Aldan show the HT -Fe# alteration in 60-40 kbar due to interaction with the PT superplume, but relic and LT and low Fe# associations occurs to 60 kbar also. RBRF 05-05-74718, 06-05-65021, 06-05-64416.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. He, Ne and Ar in peridotitic and eclogitic paragenesis diamonds from the Jwaneng kimberlite, Botswana—Implications for mantle evolution and diamond formation ages

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    Honda, Masahiko; Phillips, David; Harris, Jeff W.; Matsumoto, Takuya

    2011-01-01

    We have undertaken helium, neon and argon step-heating, isotopic analyses of eleven polycrystalline diamonds of known peridotite/eclogite paragenesis from the Jwaneng kimberlite pipe, Botswana. In contrast to the findings of crustal noble gases in framesites from the same kimberlite pipe (Honda et al., 2004. Unusual noble gas compositions in polycrystalline diamonds: preliminary results from the Jwaneng kimberlite, Botswana. Chem. Geol. 203, 347-358.), the Jwaneng polycrystalline diamonds appear to contain similar noble gas isotopic compositions (particularly Ne) to those representing a mantle source for MORBs. This implies that the Jwaneng polycrystalline diamonds may have formed in recent times, possibly close to the time of kimberlite emplacement at ~ 235 Ma. In contrast, Jwaneng framesites could be as old as gem diamonds (mineral inclusion ages of ~ 2.9 Ga). Furthermore, the data indicate that the sub-continental mantle lithosphere in the region has heterogeneous Ne isotopic compositions, or that these compositions changed over time from crustal Ne (as observed in the framesites) to MORB-like (as observed in the polycrystalline diamonds).

  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. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Découverte d'un diatrème de kimberlite diamantifère à Séguéla en Côte-d'IvoireDiscovery of a diamond-bearing kimberlite diatreme at Séguéla in Ivory Coast

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    Pouclet, André; Allialy, Marc; Daouda-Yao, Bertin; Esso, Botty

    2004-01-01

    The Séguéla area in Ivory Coast is known for its diamond-bearing field related to dykes of kimberlite and lamproite. These dykes, devoid of any deformation and metamorphism, crosscut the Birimian formations. Their N 170° orientation is controlled by the tectonized contact between the Archean and the Paleoproterozoic shields of the West-African craton. Discovery of a diatreme, with its pipe breccias and well-preserved maar sediments, below the present-day colluvia, attests for the probable recent geological age (Cretaceous?) of the kimberlitic activity. To cite this article: A. Pouclet et al., C. R. Geoscience 336 (2004).

  1. 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

  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. High-resolution reconstruction of Arctic paleoclimate derived from 53 million year old kimberlite-hosted Metasequoia wood

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    Walker, J. J.; Halfar, J.; Schulze, D.; Gedalof, Z.; Moore, G. W. K.

    2009-04-01

    The recovery of exceptionally well preserved Eocene wood from kimberlite pipes in the Lac de Gras region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, has allowed for the characterization of the local temperature and hydrologic patterns on an annual scale for this arctic ecosystem (present day latitude: 64 deg N). Wood fragments of ancient Metasequoia sp. trees mixed into the crater facies during kimberlite emplacement were recovered from the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines. Wood recovered from the Ekati "Panda" pipe, which has been dated using Rb-Sr age determination at 53.3 +/- 0.6 million years, is unique in that it exhibits extremely low vitrinite reflectance values, comparable to that of modern near-surface peats. The implication is that the wood has undergone minimal thermal or compressional alteration, thus preserving the geochemical signatures originally formed during growth. Ring width measurements representing over 100 years of climate data show congruence between multiple samples, thus enabling the development of a floating master chronology. Patterns contained in this chronology are of particular interest as the early Eocene was characterized by a period of unusual warming that has been compared to modern day climate change. Wood cellulose does not exchange atoms with its surroundings after formation, making it an ideal candidate for stable isotope analysis once it has been separated from associated whole-wood components. A robotic micromilling device was used to collect whole wood samples of latewood from annual tree rings. The α-cellulose in the samples will be isolated and analyzed for δ13C and δ18O, generating a 34-year floating chronology that can be used to reconstruct decadal scale temperature and humidity patterns. Successful application of this technique suggests that a longer Eocene chronology, using additional wood samples recovered from the Panda pipe as well as samples from neighbouring pipes in the Lac de Gras region, can be developed.

  4. Water-rich carbonatites at low pressures and kimberlites at high pressures

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    Gudfinnsson, G.; Keshav, S.; Presnall, D.

    2008-12-01

    than for water-free carbonate-bearing garnet lherzolite; (2) at these pressures, there is roughly 17-20 wt percent dissolved water in the melts, suggesting that carbonatitic melts can incorporate large amounts of water; (3) from 2.5 to roughly 3.5 GPa, melts coexisting with fo+opx+cpx+gt+dolomite+fluid are highly calcic and partly overlap calciocarbonatites found in nature; (4) a P-T invariant point occurs at 3.7 GPa/1125 C, at which fo+opx+cpx+gt+dolomite+magnesite+melt+fluid coexist, marking the beginning of the stability of magnesite at the hydrous, carbonated peridotite solidus; (5) with increasing pressure starting at this invariant point, the fluid-saturated solidus becomes considerably closer to the water-free, carbonated solidus in the model system CMAS-CO2. For instance, at 7 GPa, it lies only 125 C lower than that of water-free carbonated peridotite. At 6 and 7 GPa, the melt coexisting with the fo+opx+cpx+gt+magnesite+fluid phase assemblage, contains about 5-7 wt percent water, and is more akin to kimberlite (all in wt percent: 20-25 SiO2, 30-32 MgO, 19-20 CaO, 2-3 Al2O3) than carbonatite. At this stage it is not entirely clear what changes in the phase relations cause melts to attain this character.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  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. PT conditions and trace element variations of picroilmenites and pyropes from placers and kimberlites in the Arkhangelsk region, NW Russia

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    Afanasiev, V. P.; Ashchepkov, I. V.; Verzhak, V. V.; O'Brien, H.; Palessky, S. V.

    2013-07-01

    Compositions of picroilmenite and pyrope concentrates from Carboniferous sandstones in the Arkhangelsk kimberlite province were analyzed by EPMA and LAM ICP MS in Analytic Center of V.S. Sobolev's Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, SD RAS, Novosibirsk. The results from single grain thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010, 2011, 2012) for garnet, spinel, ilmenite and clinopyroxene suggest heating of the base of the lithospheric mantle to 1400 °C (45 mw/m2) at 7.0-7.5 GPa and to 900 °C (35 mw/m2) at 3.5-5.5 GPa in an interval corresponding to a lens enriched in chromite and clinopyroxene. The pipes from the eastern fields reveal smoother mantle geotherms and lower temperature PT paths. Mantle columns beneath the kimberlites from northern (Verkhotinskoe field) and western pipes (Kepinskoe field) show heating from the lithosphere base to 5.0 GPa and stepped PT paths shown by chromites probably due to interaction with magmas which caused local Ti-enrichment near 3.0 and 5.5 GPa. The PT paths in the mantle columns beneath the alnöite pipes reveal higher temperature and relatively shallow PT conditions with two major clusters around 3.0 and 5.0 GPa. Trace element patterns for garnets vary from S-type typical of harzburgites to those with a hump in MREE (middle REE) typical for pyroxenites. Lherzolitic garnets with sinusoidal decrease of LREE show distinctive HFSE enrichment. Trace element ratios (Sm/Er)n and (La/Yb)n of garnets correlate positively with pressures estimates by single grain thermobarometry (Ashchepkov et al., 2010, 2011, 2012) but only poorly with Cr2O3 content. Enrichment in HFSE of all garnets is related to metasomatism that accompanied the picroilmenite-forming event. Ilmenites reveal two compositional trends. One corresponds to fractionation within conduits at the lower mantle (6.0-7.0 GPa) without contamination. A second trend at <6.0 GPa, formed due to assimilation fractional crystallization (AFC), is characterized by Fe and Cr increase with

  10. 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

  11. Textural relationship and compositions of ilmenite-corundum exsolutions in rutile from kimberlitic kyanite eclogite xenoliths: microstructural evidence using EBSD

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Schertl, H.; Neuser, R. D.; Lavrentiev, Y. G.; Logvinova, A. M.; Usova, L. V.

    2007-12-01

    Rutile is one of the most common accessory minerals in high pressure (HP) and ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) rocks of crustal and mantle origin. Among those rocks eclogites are very abundant in metamorphic belts and as xenoliths in kimberlite pipes. Some of these xenoliths contain coesite or diamond. Eclogite xenolith rutiles contain high abundance of minor elements reaching up to 0.8 wt.% Al2O3, 2.5 wt.% Fe2O3, 1.4 wt.% Nb2O5, 0.45 wt.% ZrO2 and are mostly heterogeneous with widely varying Al, Fe and Mg contents. These heterogeneities are caused by the presence of closely associated sigmoidal oriented lamellae of ilmenite and corundum which have been detected for the first time in rutile from Roberts Victor mine eclogite xenolith (Sobolev, Yefimova, 2000, Intern. Geol. Rev., v. 42, p. 758-767). We report here on the wide occurrence of such lamellae in rutiles both from diamondiferous kyanite eclogites of Udachnaya mine, Siberia and more samples from Roberts Victor mine confirmed by EMPA. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements on two rutile grains from Roberts Victor mine kyanite eclogite confirm the presence of ilmenite plus corundum exsolutions. We found evidence for respective different crystallographic orientations related to the surrounded rutile host which will be demonstrated in detail in the present study.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Microbial Carbon Processing in Gas-Rich Ultrabasic Wells from Groundwaters Hosted in Serpentinizing Diamondiferous Kimberlite Pipes

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    Schrenk, M. O.; Hamilton, S.; Esen, B.; Brisco, T.; Lacrampe Couloume, G.; Sherwood Lollar, B.

    2014-12-01

    To date, a majority of studies relating serpentinization to microbial activities have focused upon the aqueous alteration of ophiolites, or upon hydrothermal systems near mid-ocean ridges. The alteration of ultramafic intrusions in continental settings represents an additional, distinct type of environment that may sustain biogeochemical process related to serpentinization and play important roles in controlling the exchange of carbon and reducing power between the deep Earth and the surface biosphere. Serpentinizing diamondiferous kimberlite intrusions represent a geographically and contextually distinct system to explore the relationship between serpentinization, carbon, and life. A series of deep, ultrabasic wells were sampled near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada in 2012 and 2013 for coupled geochemical and microbiological analyses. The wells were high pH (between 9 and 12) and contained elevated concentrations of H2 and hydrocarbon gases. However, the wells exhibited methane isotopic signatures distinct from one another, which reflect different sources and/or processing mechanisms for the resulting gas. Parallel analyses of microbial abundances and community composition provided insight into the biogeochemistry of these ecosystems. While hydrogen-driven chemolithoautotrophy appeared to be common across all of the wells, based upon the predominance of Betaproteobacteria in tag sequencing analyses of 16S rRNA genes, sequences associated with known methanogens and anaerobic methanotrophs were partitioned between the wells. These results are in stark contrast to existing data on continental serpentinites, which harbor relatively scant evidence for biological methane cycling. Putative biogeochemical roles for the subsurface microbial communities will be discussed and compared in a biogeographic sense to other known serpentinizing ecosystems.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  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. Carbonate- and silicate-rich globules in the kimberlitic rocks of northwestern Tarim large igneous province, NW China: Evidence for carbonated mantle source

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    Cheng, Zhiguo; Zhang, Zhaochong; Santosh, M.; Hou, Tong; Zhang, Dongyang

    2014-12-01

    We report carbonate- and silicate-rich globules and andradite from the Wajilitage kimberlitic rocks in the northwestern Tarim large igneous province, NW China. The carbonate-rich globules vary in size from 1 to 3 mm, and most have ellipsoidal or round shape, and are composed of nearly pure calcite. The silicate-rich globules are elliptical to round in shape and are typically larger than the carbonate-rich globules ranging from 2 to several centimeters in diameter. They are characterized by clear reaction rims and contain several silicate minerals such as garnet, diopside and phlogopite. The silicate-rich globules, reported here for the first time, are suggested to be related to the origin of andradite within the kimberlitic rocks. Our results show that calcite in the carbonate-rich globules has a high XCa (>0.97) and is characterized by extremely high concentrations of the total rare earth elements (up to 1500 ppm), enrichment in Sr (8521-10,645 ppm) and LREE, and remarkable depletion in Nd, Ta, Zr, Hf and Ti. The calcite in the silicate-rich globules is geochemically similar to those in the carbonate-rich globules except the lower trace element contents. Garnet is dominantly andradite (And59.56-92.32Grs5.67-36.03Pyr0.36-4.61Spe0-0.33) and is enriched in light rare earth elements (LREEs) and relatively depleted in Rb, Ba, Th, Pb, Sr, Zr and Hf. Phlogopite in the silicate-rich globules has a high Mg# ranging from 0.93 to 0.97. The composition of the diopside is Wo45.82-51.39En39.81-49.09Fs0.88-0.95 with a high Mg# ranging from 0.88 to 0.95. Diopside in the silicate-rich globules has low total rare earth element (REE) contents (14-31 ppm) and shows middle REE- (Eu to Gd), slight light REE- and heavy REE-enrichment with elevated Zr, Hf and Sr contents and a negative Nb anomaly in the normalized diagram. The matrix of the kimberlitic rocks are silica undersaturated (27.92-29.31 wt.% SiO2) with low Al2O3 (4.51-5.15 wt.%) and high CaO (17.29-17.77 wt.%) contents. The

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Mineral inclusions and geochemical characteristics of microdiamonds from the DO27, A154, A21, A418, DO18, DD17 and Ranch Lake kimberlites at Lac de Gras, Slave Craton, Canada

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    Davies, Rondi M.; Griffin, William L.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.; Doyle, Buddy J.

    2004-09-01

    A mineral inclusion, carbon isotope, nitrogen content, nitrogen aggregation state and morphological study of 576 microdiamonds from the DO27, A154, A21, A418, DO18, DD17 and Ranch Lake kimberlites at Lac de Gras, Slave Craton, was conducted. Mineral inclusion data show the diamonds are largely eclogitic (64%), followed by peridotitic (25%) and ultradeep (11%). The paragenetic abundances are similar to macrodiamonds from the DO27 kimberlite (Davies, R.M., Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y., 1999. Diamonds from the deep: pipe DO27, Slave craton, Canada. In: Gurney, J.J., Gurney, J.L., Pascoe, M.D., Richardson, S.H. (Eds.), The J. B. Dawson Vol., Proc. 7th Internat. Kimberlite Conf., Red Roof Designs, Cape Town, pp. 148-155) but differ to diamonds from nearby kimberlites at Ekati (e.g., Lithos (2004); Tappert, R., Stachel, T., Harris, J.W., Brey, G.P., 2004. Mineral Inclusions in Diamonds from the Panda Kimberlite, S. P., Canada. 8th International Kimberlite Conference, extended abstracts) and Snap Lake to the south (Dokl. Earth Sci. 380 (7) (2001) 806), that are dominated by peridotitic stones. Eclogitic diamonds with variable inclusion compositions and temperatures of formation (1040-1300 °C) crystallised at variable lithospheric depths sometimes in changing chemical environments. A large range to very 13C-depleted C-isotope compositions ( δ13C=-35.8‰ to -2.2‰) and an NMORB bulk composition, calculated from trace elements in garnet and clinopyroxene inclusions, are consistent with an origin from subducted oceanic crust and sediments. Carbon isotopes in the peridotitic diamonds have mantle compositions ( δ13C mode -4.0‰). Mineral inclusion compositions are largely harzburgitic. Variable temperatures of formation (garnet TNi=800-1300 °C) suggest the peridotitic diamonds originate from the shallow ultra-depleted and deeper less depleted layers of the central Slave lithosphere. Carbon isotopes ( δ13C av.=-5.1‰) and mineral inclusions in the ultradeep diamonds

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Multiple episodes of fluid and melt migration in the Kaapvaal Craton lithospheric mantle associated with group-I kimberlite activity: evidence from a harzburgite containing a unique assemblage of metasomatic Zr-phases

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    Konzett, Jürgen; Wirth, Richard; Whitehouse, Martin; Hauzenberger, Christoph

    2013-04-01

    Nowadays it is widely accepted that volatile-rich magmas forming kimberlites, orangeites and lamproites require a peridotitic mantle source that was enriched in H2O-(CO2)-REE-HFS-LIL elements with respect to primitive mantle. When injected into cool subcontinental lithospheric mantle, these magmas again release large amounts of hydrous incompatible element-enriched fluids during cooling and differentiation which may lead to extensive but localized metasomatism. Whether metasomatism took place as a single event or as a more complex succession of repeated fluid/melt-rock interaction episodes can usually not be decided based on available textural and compositional information. Here we present results of a mineral chemical-structural and textural investigation of a metasomatized harzburgite xenolith sampled by one of the group-I kimberlites of the Kimberley cluster from the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa, for which such a distinction is possible. Based on textures and phase compositions we propose three episodes of rock-melt/fluid interaction involving both silicate and carbonatite melts/fluids. These events gave rise to a uniquely complex assemblage of LILE-HFSE-rich phases rich in Zr including zircon together with both monoclinic (baddeleyite) and cubic (tazheranite) zirconium oxide, srilankite and a new Mn-Fe-rich member of the pyrochlore-group of phases. The primary pre-metasomatic assemblage is olivine + orthopyroxene + chromite + traces of clinopyroxene. Subsequent modal metasomatism formed phlogopite + K-richterite + crichtonite-group (lindsleyite-mathiasite) phases + Nb-Cr-rich rutile + srilankite + zircon + Fe-Ni-sulfide. K-richterites are strongly zoned in Ca, Na, Fe and Cr with up to 2.0 wt% Cr2O3 which is the highest Cr-concentration reported so far for K-richterite. SIMS U-Pb dating of the zircons yields ages in the range 81±2 to 91±2 (2σ) Ma which are indistinguishable from emplacement ages of the host group-I kimberlites. This coincidence in ages

  4. Two episodes of fluid migration in the Kaapvaal Craton lithospheric mantle associated with Cretaceous kimberlite activity: Evidence from a harzburgite containing a unique assemblage of metasomatic zirconium-phases

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    Konzett, Jürgen; Wirth, Richard; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Whitehouse, Martin

    2013-12-01

    In this study we combine textural evidence with mineral chemical, mineral structural and isotopic data in an attempt to reconstruct the history of metasomatic events recorded in a spinel-harzburgite xenolith which was sampled by a Cretaceous kimberlite of the central Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa. Two episodes of interaction between the host rock and silicate-rich high-density fluids can be distinguished which together gave rise to a uniquely complex assemblage of LILE-HFSE-rich phases including zircon together with both monoclinic (baddeleyite) and cubic (tazheranite) zirconium oxide, srilankite and a new Mn-Fe-rich member of the pyrochlore-group of phases. The pre-metasomatic assemblage is olivine + orthopyroxene + Cr-spinel. Subsequent modal metasomatism formed phlogopite + K-richterite + crichtonite-group (lindsleyite-mathiasite) phases + Nb-Cr-rich rutile + srilankite + zircon + Fe-Ni-sulfide. K-richterites are strongly zoned in Ca, Na, Fe and Cr with up to 2.3 wt.% Cr2O3 which is the highest Cr content reported so far for K-richterite. SIMS U-Pb dating of the zircons yields ages in the range from 81 ± 2 to 91 ± 2 (2σ) Ma which are indistinguishable from emplacement ages of Cretaceous kimberlites in the Kimberley area. The age spread is interpreted as a result of minor re-setting of the U-Pb isotopic system. The coincidence between zircon and kimberlite eruption ages further supports a temporal and genetic link between Cretaceous kimberlite activity and hydrous potassic metasomatism in the central Kaapvaal Craton lithosphere and limits the residence time in the mantle of metasomatized peridotites to < ~ 5-10 Ma. Thermobarometry of the harzburgite yields 750-760 °C at 3 GPa with a redox state of + 0.9 to + 1.5 log units relative to FMQ. Infiltration of a hot and alkali-rich (kimberlitic?) high-density fluid with aSiO2 lower than that defined by olivine + orthopyroxene into the cool metasomatized peridotite led to partial breakdown of K

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  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. Trace element chemistry of mineral inclusions in eclogitic diamonds from the Premier (Cullinan) and Finsch kimberlites, South Africa: Implications for the evolution of their mantle source

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    Viljoen, Fanus; Dobbe, René; Harris, Jeff; Smit, Braam

    2010-07-01

    Although diamonds of eclogitic paragenesis are commonly encountered in the productions of many Southern Africa kimberlites, the nature and evolution of the protolith to eclogitic diamonds are still poorly understood. There is some evidence that these protoliths (and possibly also the diamonds) may be related to subduction of oceanic crust, although this is not a universally accepted view. In order to further investigate the protolith/diamond relationship, garnets and (in some cases) clinopyroxene inclusions in 23 diamonds from Premier mine and 16 diamonds from Finsch were analysed for their trace element composition. From both mines a strong correlation between the garnet Ca content and the chondrite-normalised rare earth element (REE) pattern is evident. Garnets with comparatively low Ca content are characterised by REE patterns which show a steady increase in abundance from light rare earths (LREE) to heavy rare earths (HREE). With increasing Ca content in garnet, the abundance of LREE (La, Ce, Pr, and Nd) as well as the middle rare earths (MREE; Sm, Eu, Gd, and Tb) progressively increases, ultimately giving the trace element pattern a distinct 'humped' appearance. Bulk-rock trace element abundance patterns have been reconstructed from measured trace element contents in garnet as well as calculated trace element concentrations in clinopyroxene, based on known clinopyroxene-garnet partition coefficients ( Harte and Kirkley, 1997). At both Premier and Finsch, the low-Ca group samples (2.6 to 5.0 wt.% CaO in garnet) are LREE depleted, and have relatively flat calculated bulk-rock trace element abundance patterns at approximately 10 times chondrite concentrations, but with marked positive Sr and negative Zr anomalies. The intermediate-Ca group samples (5.2 to ˜9 wt.% CaO in garnet) are LREE depleted, show Sr and Zr anomalies, have somewhat higher concentrations of Zr and MREE, and have HREE contents that overlap with the low-Ca group ( Fig. 6). High-Ca group samples

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Nd-isotopes in selected mantle-derived rocks and minerals and their implications for mantle evolution

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    Basu, A.R.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1980-01-01

    The Sm-Nd systematics in a variety of mantle-derived samples including kimberlites, alnoite, carbonatite, pyroxene and amphibole inclusions in alkali basalts and xenolithic eclogites, granulites and a pyroxene megacryst in kimberlites are reported. The additional data on kimberlites strengthen our earlier conclusion that kimberlites are derived from a relatively undifferentiated chondritic mantle source. This conclusion is based on the observation that the e{open}Nd values of most of the kimberlites are near zero. In contrast with the kimberlites, their garnet lherzolite inclusions show both time-averaged Nd enrichment and depletion with respect to Sm. Separated clinopyroxenes in eclogite xenoliths from the Roberts Victor kimberlite pipe show both positive and negative e{open}Nd values suggesting different genetic history. A whole rock lower crustal scapolite granulite xenolith from the Matsoku kimberlite pipe shows a negative e{open}Nd value of -4.2, possibly representative of the base of the crust in Lesotho. It appears that all inclusions, mafic and ultramafic, in kimberlites are unrelated to their kimberlite host. The above data and additional Sm-Nd data on xenoliths in alkali basalts, alpine peridotite and alnoite-carbonatites are used to construct a model for the upper 200 km of the earth's mantle - both oceanic and continental. The essential feature of this model is the increasing degree of fertility of the mantle with depth. The kimberlite's source at depths below 200 km in the subcontinental mantle is the most primitive in this model, and this primitive layer is also extended to the suboceanic mantle. However, it is clear from the Nd-isotopic data in the xenoliths of the continental kimberlites that above 200 km the continental mantle is distinctly different from their suboceanic counterpart. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  16. Advances in U-Th-Pb-He Double Dating Techniques and Applications in Diamond Exploration

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    McInnes, B. I.; Evans, N. J.; McDonald, B. J.; Chia, J.

    2009-05-01

    Zircon entrained within kimberlite deposits should have distinctive U-Th-Pb-He signatures compared to those found in the host terrane. To investigate the application of zircon double dating to kimberlite diamond exploration, we performed (U-Th)/He and SHRIMP U/Pb double dating analysis of zircon from the Sacramore kimberlite pipe located in the Merlin field in the Northern Territory of Australia and of detrital zircon from a regional sample of the kimberlitic host, the Bukalara Sandstone. The Sacramore zircon U/Pb age (n=14) ranged from 1541-2433 Ma, consistent with the Mesoproterozoic formation of the North Australian Craton and indicating that the kimberlitic zircon is of xenocrystic origin. (U- Th)/He thermochronometry of these kimberlite zircon xenocrysts (n=33) yielded a mean weighted average age of 368±4 Ma (2σ), concordant with a previously determined phlogopite Rb-Sr age of 367±4 Ma for the Merlin field. The U/Pb age (1472-2939 Ma; n=41) of detrital zircon from the Bukalara Sandstone is statistically indistinguishable from that of the kimberlite zircon xenocrysts, while the detrital (U-Th)/He ages range from 459 to 1279 Ma. A bivariate age density distribution approach (Sircombe 2006, Geochem Geophys Geosyst V7) using the open-licence R statistical package allows 3D visualization of double-dated zircon populations. The consistently young (U-Th)/He ages of the kimberlite zircon xenocrysts distinguish them from surficial detrital zircon. This geochemical feature could have application for regional diamond exploration in tropical and sub-tropical climates where standard kimberlite indicator minerals (e.g., Cr-pyrope, Cr-diopside, picroilmenite, chromite) are prone to destruction by chemical weathering. Up to 40% of detrital zircon grains obtained from streams draining the Merlin kimberlite field have (U-Th)/He ages comparable to those obtained from the Sacramore pipe.

  17. 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

  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.; 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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

    2015-04-17

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Gondwana (Africa) from top to base in space and time

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    Torsvik, Trond H.; Cocks, L. Robin M.

    2014-05-01

    Gondwana with Africa at its core is reviewed from the unification of its several cratons in the Late Neoproterozoic, through its combination with Laurussia in the Carboniferous to form Pangea and up to its progressive fragmentation in the Mesozoic. For much of that time it was the largest continental unit on Earth and its remnants constitute 64% of all land areas today. New palaeogeographical reconstructions are presented, ranging from the Early Cambrian (540 Ma) through to just before the final Pangea breakup at 200 Ma. In Late Palaeozoic and Early Mesozoic times, Gondwana lay over the African large low shear-wave velocity province (LLSVP), one of two major thermochemical piles covering ca. 10% of the core-mantle boundary. The edges of the LLSVPs (Africa and its Pacific antipode) are the plume generation zones (PGZs) and the source regions of kimberlite intrusions and large igneous provinces (LIPs). Our palaeomagnetic reconstructions constrain the configuration of Gondwana and adjacent continents relative to the spin axis, but in order to relate deep mantle processes to surface processes in a palaeomagnetic reference frame, we have also rotated the PGZs to account for true polar wander. In this way, we visualize how the surface distribution of LIPs and kimberlites relate to Gondwana's passage over the PGZs. There are only two LIPs in the Palaeozoic (510 and 289 Ma) that directly affected Gondwanan continental crust, and kimberlites are rare (83 in total). This is because Gondwana was mostly located between the two LLSVPs. The majority of Palaeozoic kimberlites are Cambrian in age and most were derived from the African PGZ. Sixty-six Early Mesozoic kimberlites are also linked to the African LLSVP. All known LIPs (Kalkarindji, Panjal Traps, Central Atlantic Magmatic Province and Karoo) from 510 to 183 Ma (the lifetime of Gondwana) were derived from plumes associated with the African LLSVP, and three of them probably assisted the breakup of Gondwana and Pangea.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. History of the Colorado-Wyoming state line diatremes.

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    Collins, D.S.; Heyl, A.V.

    1984-01-01

    Although >90 kimberlite diatremes have been found in the area, it was not until after 1963 that these bodies were correctly identified. The presence of large inclusions of sedimentary rocks had hindered their recognition. In 1975 a diamond crystal 3.5 carats). They are usually colourless, but light-brown, blue-white, pale orange, pale to bright yellow and nearly black crystals occur. Associated minerals, including chrome-diopside, chromite, magnesian ilmenite, pyrope and omphacite, are described.-R.S.M.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. The “eye of Africa” (Richat dome, Mauritania): An isolated Cretaceous alkaline-hydrothermal complex

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    Matton, Guillaume; Jébrak, Michel

    2014-09-01

    The Richat dome is a spectacular circular structure located in the Mauritanian part of the Sahara Desert. The current erosion level of this igneous complex presents a wide variety of contrasting extrusive and intrusive rocks from shallow to deep source regions providing insight into the magmatic process at the origin of the complex. The Richat is the superposition of a bimodal tholeiitic suite crosscut by carbonatitic and kimberlitic magmatic rocks. The bimodal series is characterized by two concentric gabbroic ring dikes and two extrusive rhyolitic centers representing the remnant of two maar systems. Silica undersaturated magmas occur as carbonatite dikes, a kimberlite plug, and kimberlite sills extruded along the old regional anisotropies filling NNE-SSW dextral strike-slip faults and en-echelon tension gashes. An intense low-temperature hydrothermal event affected the Richat area. It is responsible, notably, for the karst-collapse central mega-breccia, the alteration of the rhyolites, the potassic alteration of the gabbros and the stable isotope enrichment in the carbonatites. A piston-like collapse is proposed to explain the contrast existing between the central and outer part of the Richat. Structural inheritance played an important role in the history of the Richat complex. Pre-existing anisotropies acted as a pathway for the ascent of asthenospheric and sub-continental melts and allowed the coexistence of alkaline and tholeiitic magmas within the same igneous complex.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

    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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Cr-Pyropes and other mantle diamond-associated minerals from placers on Tumanshet river (Birysa basin).

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Egorov, K. N.; Vavilov, M. A.; Nikolenko, E. I.; Afanaseiv, V. P.; Nigmatulina, E. N.; Palessky, S. V.

    2012-04-01

    Pyropes from the tributaries of Tumanshet r. (Birysa basin) were studied by EPMA and LAM ICP methods. It Saranchet and Kharyuzovka placers rounded and pyropes (to 13% Cr2O3) are associated with Ti -chromites, rare picroilmenites (to 9% MgO and Cr-1-4%), Mn - ilmenites, low Na- Cr diopsides, hydro- garnets ( to 2% Cr2O3). In Slyudyanka in addition Cr- ruby (to 2.5%) and chromites to 60% Of cr2O3 are associated with pyropes. All placers are located within Poima - Buryusa paleo gulf constituted by carboniferous limestones. Pyropes from the upper stretches of small tributaries became fine grained less rounded and less in Cr2O3 (to 8%). Finding of diamonds locates at the boundaries of limestone deposits including the Shelehovo placer. Basal conglomerations contain only Cr-low pyropes and Mg- rich(7- 9%) almandines. LowNa Cr- diopside common in this area are from alnoites like those form Bushkanayskay dyke (Minaeva Egorov, 2009 )/ The Pyropes in placers possibly came from the phreatic kimberlite or lamproitic magamtism in paleo gulf which started close in time to the kimberlites in Central Yakutia (D-C boundary) and continued to 300 ma (Ingashisky lamproites) and possibly to Jurassic (alnoites). The trends P (kbar)- Fe# differ for three localities of pyropes: Muro Kovinsky - 200 to north reveal the typical Paleozoic trend with slight increasing of Fe to the top and bottom of sublithospheric mantle (SCLM). Judging by abundance of ilmenites and TRE of garnets - source of placer was typical for the D-C kimberlites. The pyropes from Tumanshet locality show unic trend Mg -rich in basement (typical for the diamond inclusions) and increasing in upper part which is common for Jurassic post superplume kimberlites in Northern part of Siberian platform with inflection near 40 kbar. The garnet trend from Ingashi lamproites reveal gentle decrease of Fe# (10%) starting from the basement to the top (7%). The rarity of picroilmenites and frequency of Ti - enrichment in chromites in

  19. The continental lithosphere: Reconciling thermal, seismic, and petrologic data

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    Artemieva, Irina M.

    2009-04-01

    The goal of the present study is to extract non-thermal signal from seismic tomography models in order to distinguish compositional variations in the continental lithosphere and to examine if geochemical and petrologic constraints on global-scale compositional variations in the mantle are consistent with modern geophysical data. In the lithospheric mantle of the continents, seismic velocity variations of a non-thermal origin (calculated from global Vs seismic tomography data [Grand S.P., 2002. Mantle shear-wave tomography and the fate of subducted slabs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, 360, 2475-2491.; Shapiro N.M., Ritzwoller M.H. 2002. Monte-Carlo inversion for a global shear velocity model of the crust and upper mantle. Geophysical Journal International 151, 1-18.] and lithospheric temperatures [Artemieva I.M., Mooney W.D., 2001. Thermal structure and evolution of Precambrian lithosphere: A global study. Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 16387-16414.] show strong correlation with tectono-thermal ages and with regional variations in lithospheric thickness constrained by surface heat flow data and seismic velocities. In agreement with xenolith data, strong positive velocity anomalies of non-thermal origin (attributed to mantle depletion) are clearly seen for all of the cratons; their amplitude, however, varies laterally and decreases with depth, reflecting either a peripheral growth of the cratons in Proterozoic or their peripheral reworking. These cratonic regions where kimberlite magmas erupted show only weakly positive compositional velocity anomalies, atypical for the "intact" cratonic mantle. A reduction in the amplitude of compositional velocity anomalies in kimberlite provinces is interpreted to result from metasomatic enrichment (prior or during kimberlite emplacement) of the cratonic mantle, implying that xenolith data maybe non-representative of the "intact" cratonic mantle.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. PARTITION COEFFICIENTS OF Hf, Zr, AND REE BETWEEN PHENOCRYSTS AND GROUNDMASSES.

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    Fujimaki, Hirokazu; Tatsumoto, Mitsunobu; Aoki, Ken-ichiro

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. Carbonate Stability and Melt Composition in Peridotite-CO2 System to 20 GPa

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    Ghosh, S.; Ohtani, E.; Litasov, K. D.; Suzuki, A.; Terasaki, H.

    2005-12-01

    Carbon dioxide and water are the most important volatile constituents in the Earth and they produce drastic changes in the melting phase relations and partial melt compositions of the mantle peridotite. Study of the peridotite-CO2 system is closely related to petrogenesis of kimberlite and diamond. There are a few high pressure mineral inclusions (i.e. majorite garnet and Ca and Mg perovskite) in diamond which suggest that kimberlites may be originated from the transition zone and lower mantle. The phase relations and melt compositions in the CO2-bearing peridotite at high pressures are poorly constrained, however the kimberlite and basalt-CO2 systems have been studied intensively. Simplified peridotite-CO2 system (like CMS or CMAS) has been studied at pressures up to 12 GPa (Canil and Scarfe, 1990), whereas complex peridotite-CO2 systems have been investigated only at lower pressures (up to 4 GPa, e.g. Wendlandt and Mysen, 1980). In this work we report the preliminary results on the phase relations and melt compositions of a model peridotite-CO2 system determined at 10-20 GPa and temperature range from 1200 to 2100oC. Our results show that solidus of carbonated peridotite is consistent with low-pressure data for CMAS-CO2 system. Liquidus phase at 10-20 GPa is majorite garnet. At 10-15 GPa, crystallization sequence with decreasing temperature is garnet, olivine and clinoenstatite. Magnesite is the most important CO2-rich phase stable in peridotite up to 1600oC at 20 GPa. The partial melt formed by 10-25% melting at 10-20 GPa has high MgO (26-34 wt.%) and FeO (7.0-10.4 wt.%) and low SiO2 (18-36 wt.%) and Al2O3 (0.5-1.3 wt.%) contents. It also contains 6-12 wt.% CaO, 0.6-2.0 wt.% Na2O and 0.1-0.3 wt.% K2O. The CO2 contents in the melts are 14-32 wt.%. The SiO2-poor nature of the partial melts is different from the results for melting of anhydrous or water-bearing peridotite. Partial melting of hydrous peridotite produces the melts enriched in SiO2, which can be

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. The first finding of graphite inclusion in diamond from mantle rocks: The result of the study of eclogite xenolith from Udachnaya pipe (Siberian craton)

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    Mikhailenko, D. S.; Korsakov, A. V.; Golovin, A. V.; Zelenovskiy, P. S.; Pohilenko, N. P.

    2016-08-01

    A xenolith of eclogite from the kimberlite pipe Udachnaya-East, Yakutia Grt+Cpx+Ky + S + Coe/Qtz + Dia + Gr has been studied. Graphite inclusions in diamond have been studied in detail by Confocal Raman (CR) mapping. The graphite inclusion in diamond has a highly ordered structure and is characterized by a substantial shift in the band (about 1580 cm-1) by 7 cm-1, indicating a significant residual strain in the inclusion. According to the results of FTIR spectroscopic studies of diamond crystals, a high degree of nitrogen aggregation has been detected: it is present mainly in form A, which means an "ancient" age of the diamonds. In the xenolith studied, the diamond formation occurred about 1 Byr, long before their transport by the kimberlite melt, and the conditions of the final equilibrium were temperatures of 1020 ± 40°C at 4.7 GPa. Thus, these graphite inclusions found in a diamond are the first evidence of crystallization of metastable graphite in a diamond stability field. They were formed in rocks of the upper mantle significantly below (≥20 km) the graphite-diamond equilibrium line.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. Deep-seated xenoliths and xenocrysts from Sytykanskaya pipe: evidence for the evolution of the mantle beneath Alakit, Yakutia.

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Vladykin, Nikolai; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Logvinova, Alla; Yudin, Denis; Karpenko, Mikhail; Palessky, Stanislav; Khmelnikova, Olga; Travin, Alexey; Salikhov, Ravil

    2014-05-01

    The concentrate from two phases of the kimberlite (breccia and porphyritic kimberlite) and about 130 xenoliths from the Sytykanskaya pipe of the Alakit field (Yakutia) were studied by EPMA and LAM ICP methods. Reconstructions of the PTXfO2 mantle sections were made separately for the two phases. The porphyritic kimberlites and breccia show differences in the minerals although the layering and pressure interval remains the same. For the porphyritic kimberlite the trends P- Fe# - CaO in garnet, fO2 are sub-vertical while the xenocrysts from the breccia show stepped and curved trends possibly due to interaction with fluids. Minerals within xenoliths show the widest variation in all pressure intervals. PT points for the ilmenites which trace the magmatic system show splitting of the magmatic source into two levels at the pyroxenite lens (4GPa) accompanied by peridotite contamination and an increase in Cr in ilmenites. Two groups of metasomatites with Fe#Ol ~ 10-12% and 13-15% were created by the melts derived from protokimberlites and trace the mantle columns from the lithosphere base (Ilm - Gar - Cr diopside) to Moho becoming essentially pyroxenitic (Cr-diopside with Phl). The first Opx-Gar-based mantle geotherm from the Alakit field has been constructed from15 associations and is close to 35 mw/m2 in the lower part of mantle section but deviates to high temperatures in the upper part of the mantle section. The oxidation state for the protokimberlite melts determined from ilmenites is higher than for the other pipes in the Yakutian kimberlite province which probably accounts for the decrease in the diamond grade of this pipe. The geochemistry of the minerals (garnets and clinopyroxenes) from breccias, metasomatic peridotite xenoliths and pyroxenites systematically differ. Xenocrysts from the breccia were produced by the most differentiated melts and enriched protokimberlite or carbonatite; they show highly inclined nearly linear REE patterns and deep troughs of HFSE

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Microwave paleointensities indicate a low paleomagnetic dipole moment at the Permo-Triassic boundary

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    Anwar, Taslima; Hawkins, Louise; Kravchinsky, Vadim A.; Biggin, Andrew J.; Pavlov, Vladimir E.

    2016-11-01

    The quantity of igneous material comprising the Siberian Traps provides a uniquely excellent opportunity to constrain Earth's paleomagnetic field intensity at the Permo-Triassic boundary. There remains however, a contradiction about the strength of the magnetic field that is exacerbated by the limited number of measurement data. To clarify the geomagnetic field behavior during this time period, for the first time, a microwave paleointensity study has been carried out on the Permo-Triassic flood basalts in order to complement existing datasets obtained using conventional thermal techniques. Samples, which have been dated at ∼250 Ma, of the Permo-Triassic trap basalts from the northern extrusive (Maymecha-Kotuy region) and the southeastern intrusive (areas of the Sytikanskaya and Yubileinaya kimberlite pipes) localities on the Siberian platform are investigated. These units have already demonstrated reliable paleomagnetic directions consistent with the retention of a primary remanence. Furthermore, Scanning Electron Microscope analysis confirms the presence of iron oxides likely of primary origin. Microwave Thellier-type paleointensity experiments (IZZI protocol with partial thermoremanent magnetization checks) are performed on 50 samples from 11 sites, of which, 28 samples from 7 sites provide satisfactory paleointensity data. The samples display corresponding distinct directional components, positive pTRM checks and little or no zig-zagging of the Arai or Zijderveld plot, providing evidence to support that the samples are not influenced by lab-induced alteration or multi-domain behavior. The accepted microwave paleointensity results from this study are combined with thermal Thellier-type results from previously published studies to obtain overall estimates for different regions of the Siberian Traps. The mean geomagnetic field intensity obtained from the samples of the northern part is 13.4 ± 12.7 μT (Maymecha-Kotuy region), whereas from the southeastern part

  6. 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

  7. Re-Os systematics of the Siberian lithosphere: Evidence for melt percolation and lithospheric re-fertilization

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    Pernet-Fisher, J.; Pearson, D.; Barry, P. H.; Howarth, G. H.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    The Siberian craton underwent multiple episodes of kimberlite magmatism spanning the Silurian to the Jurassic, during which numerous mantle xenoliths from the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) were brought to the surface. During this time, kimberlite magmatism was interrupted by the emplacement of the Siberian Flood Basalts (SFB) at ~250 Ma, relating to the main stage of activity of the Siberian Superplume. This makes the Siberian craton an ideal location to characterize metasomatism of the SCLM over the life-cycle of a plume. We report new Re-Os isotope analyses on whole-rock and olivine separates, in parallel with detailed petrographic descriptions of two suites of peridotite xenoliths recovered from the Silurian Udachnaya (360 Ma) and Jurassic Obnazhennaya (160 Ma) kimberlite pipes, bracketing the climax of Superplume activity with eruption of the SFB. The 187Os/188Os values for Udachnaya are within the range of previously reported values [1]. The most depleted harzburgite sample displays the most unradiogenic 187Os/188Os (0.1082) yielding a Neoarchean (3.0-2.5 Ga) calculated model depletion age, consistent with estimated formation age of the Siberian lithospheric keel [1]. Udachnaya lherzolite samples yield younger Proterozoic model depletion ages ranging from ~1-2 Ga (average 1.5 Ga). This age range is consistent with the final stages of craton building [2] and is likely to reflect metasomatic events associated with the re-fertilization of the mantle from harzburgite to lherzolite, at this time. In contrast, the younger Obnazhennaya peridotites contain olivine with Fo >92 associated with radiogenic 187Os/188Os (average 0.1330), within the range of typical fertile mantle. Garnet melt reconstructions of these peridotites show evidence of re-equilibration with basaltic melts derived from the Siberian Superplume [3]. It is clear that extensive percolation of basaltic melts through the SCLM during the main phase of plume activity has had a profound impact

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Archean diamond-bearing mantle in the expanding-earth model

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    Milanovskii, E. E.; Malkov, B. A.

    It is suggested that the Archean diamond-bearing mantle and its diamond-bearing parageneses experience in time a chain of retrograde transformations, making it possible to decide whether or not isobars were really submerged in the paleolithosphere from the Archean to the present age and to calculate the rate of this submergence. Kimberlite volcanism, transporting diamond-bearing matter from the upper mantle to the earth's surface, lends support to the global pulsational character of tectonic-magmatic processes. The regularities revealed in the analysis of diamond-bearing parageneses and the regularities in the features of the Precambrian diamond-bearing mantle agree well with a model of moderate pulsational expansion of the earth with a total increment of the earth's radius of the order of 10-15 percent from its initial value.

  5. 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.

  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. Garnet-melt partitioning at 10 GPa in the CMAS-CO2 system: a link between CO2-rich melts and majoritic-garnets in diamonds from the mantle?

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    Keshav, S.; Gudfinnsson, G. H.; Presnall, D. C.; Minarik, W. G.; Fei, Y.

    2005-12-01

    On the basis of mantle xenoliths and silicate inclusions in diamonds brought up by kimberlites, the mantle origin of kimberlite is beyond doubt. The mantle xenoliths and inclusions in diamonds have vastly improved constraints on the petrogenetic processes operating in the silicate portion of the Earth. Especially important among this group of mantle xenoliths is the rare suite of majoritic garnets trapped as inclusions in diamonds that have been interpreted as deeper (greater than 200 km) than usual samples from the mantle. While opinions vary on the ultimate origin of these majoritic garnets, on the basis of trace elements (for example, negative Eu anomalies indicating crystallization of feldspar and thus originally a much shallower origin) and light-element (carbon) isotope geochemistry, a popular view links them to subducted oceanic crust. In this contribution, we present experimentally determined partition coefficients of trace elements for majoritic garnets equilibrated with a kimberlitic melt at 10 GPa and 1800 C, in the CMAS-CO2 system, and test if there is a link between these inclusions and CO2-rich melts in the mantle. The experiments were performed in a MA-6/8 module using 14/8 assemblies with stepped Cr-doped MgO cells, MgO inner parts, Re-furnace, Type-C TC, and ZrO2 insulator. Starting mix was spiked with a suite of trace elements as AAS standard solutions and was contained in a sealed Pt capsule. Concentrations of major and trace elements were determined using EPMA and LA-ICPMS techniques, respectively. On the basis of calculated partition coefficients (D), almost all the trace elements, barring Lu (D greater than 1), are highly-to-moderately incompatible (D moderately-to-greatly less than 1). This behavior is perhaps a response to garnets becoming majoritic with increasing pressure. The data obtained here have been used to invert the trace element composition of melts that may have been in equilibrium with the majoritic garnets found as inclusions

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. The Petrology of Very Small Rocks

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    Valley, J. W.; Cavosie, A. J.

    2006-12-01

    A hallmark of Eric Essene`s research and teaching is to `look at your sample` before advanced analysis. We apply this common sense yet sometimes ignored advice to explore the relation between mineral inclusions within zircon and host rock type from 4 suites: two with known genesis and two that are uncertain. A wide range of techniques can be applied to "look" at zircons and their inclusions as the prelude to in situ isotopic, structural, and chemical analysis including: optics, acid etching, SEM (SE, CL, EDS, BSE, EBSD), cold cathode CL, SIMS, and X-ray mapping. Zircons from the Sierra Nevada batholith have granitic parentage, and contain polymineralic assemblages of quartz ± biotite ± K-feldspar ± plagioclase ± muscovite ± apatite ± Fe oxide ± sphene ± amphibole. Zircons from young ocean crust have gabbroic parentage, and contain plagioclase ± intergrown Fe-Ti oxides ± apatite ± amphibole ± clinopyroxene, and rarely contain quartz. The mantle suite of zircons from kimberlite is united by chemical and physical similarities, but occurs as xenocrysts of uncertain origin. They may contain euhedral tetragonal ZrO2 ± olivine ± clinopyroxene ± apatite, in cavities up to 100 microns long. Thus the kimberlite xenocrysts are consistent with mafic or ultramafic composition. Detrital zircons from the Jack Hills metaconglomerate range in age from 4.4 to 3.1 Ga and are also of uncertain genesis. Inclusions include common quartz ± apatite ± muscovite ± monazite ± rutile ± xenotime ± Fe-oxide ± Fe sulfide. The Jack Hills zircon inclusions, irrespective of age, indicate silica saturated magmas, are most similar to those in granitic rocks, and are distinctly different from zircons in mafic ocean crust, but this does not preclude formation in small volumes of evolved magma. The observation that zircon inclusions are in apparent equilibrium demonstrates that these inclusion assemblages carry petrologic information and can be studied as `small rocks`.

  15. Nature of diamonds in Yakutian eclogites: views from eclogite tomography and mineral inclusions in diamonds

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    Anand, Mahesh; Taylor, Lawrence A.; Misra, Kula C.; Carlson, William D.; Sobolev, Nikolai V.

    2004-09-01

    We have performed dissections of two diamondiferous eclogites (UX-1 and U33/1) from the Udachnaya kimberlite, Yakutia in order to understand the nature of diamond formation and the relationship between the diamonds, their mineral inclusions, and host eclogite minerals. Diamonds were carefully recovered from each xenolith, based upon high-resolution X-ray tomography images and three-dimensional models. The nature and physical properties of minerals, in direct contact with diamonds, were investigated at the time of diamond extraction. Polished sections of the eclogites were made, containing the mould areas of the diamonds, to further investigate the chemical compositions of the host minerals and the phases that were in contact with diamonds. Major- and minor-element compositions of silicate and sulfide mineral inclusions in diamonds show variations among each other, and from those in the host eclogites. Oxygen isotope compositions of one garnet and five clinopyroxene inclusions in diamonds from another Udachnaya eclogite (U51) span the entire range recorded for eclogite xenoliths from Udachnaya. In addition, the reported compositions of almost all clinopyroxene inclusions in U51 diamonds exhibit positive Eu anomaly. This feature, together with the oxygen isotopic characteristics, is consistent with the well-established hypothesis of subduction origin for Udachnaya eclogite xenoliths. It is intuitive to expect that all eclogite xenoliths in a particular kimberlite should have common heritage, at least with respect to their included diamonds. However, the variation in the composition of multiple inclusions within diamonds, and among diamonds, from the same eclogite indicates the involvement of complex processes in diamond genesis, at least in the eclogite xenoliths from Yakutia that we have studied.

  16. Cretaceous potassic intrusives with affinities to aillikites from Jharia area: Magmatic expression of metasomatically veined and thinned lithospheric mantle beneath Singhbhum Craton, Eastern India

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    Srivastava, Rajesh K.; Chalapathi Rao, N. V.; Sinha, Anup K.

    2009-11-01

    Cretaceous potassic dykes and sills at the Jharia area intrude the Permo-carboniferous coal-bearing Gondwana sediments of the Eastern Damodar Valley, Singhbhum craton. These intrusives are widely regarded as a part of the Mesozoic alkaline and Rajmahal flood basalt magmatism in the Eastern Indian shield. Jharia intrusives display a wide petrographic diversity; olivine, phlogopite and carbonate are the predominant phases whereas apatite and rutile constitute important accessories. Impoverishment in sodium, silica and alumina and enrichment in potassium, titanium and phosphorous are the hallmark of these rocks and in this aspect they are strikingly similar to the rift-related aillikites (ultramafic lamprophyres) of Aillik Bay, Labrador. Crustal contamination of the Jharia magmas is minimal and the incompatible trace element ratios demonstrate (i) their generation by greater degrees of partial melting of a sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) source similar to that of the kimberlites of Dharwar craton, southern India, and (ii) retention of long-term memories of ancient (Archaean) subduction experienced by their source regions. We infer that a metasomatically veined and thinned lithosphere located at the margin of the Singhbhum craton and the inheritance of an ancient (Archaean) subducted component has played a significant role in deciding the diverging petrological and geochemical characters displayed by the Jharia potassic intrusives: those of kimberlites (orangeites) and lamproites (cratonic signature) and those of aillikites (rift-related signature). A substantial melt component of Jharia potassic intrusives was derived from the SCLM and the melt contribution of the Kerguelen plume is inferred to be minimal.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Boron Isotopic Variation in the Subcontinental Lithospheric Mantle

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    Guild, M. R.; Bell, D. R.; Hervig, R. L.

    2013-12-01

    Boron contents and isotopic compositions (δ11B) of phlogopite mica, amphibole, and selected coexisting anhydrous phases were measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry in mantle xenolith samples from the Kaapvaal Craton of South Africa, in order to better understand processes of volatile element transfer in the mantle. We have documented a wide range of δ11B (>40‰) and B contents (<10ppb to 10's of ppm) in mica from three broad groups identified based on petrographic and compositional criteria, and B geochemistry. The first group, characterized by light δ11B values (-17‰ to -30‰) and low B contents (a few ppb to 100's ppb), consists of mica megacrysts in kimberlite and mica in garnet harzburgites (gt hz) and lherzolites (gt lz) containing variably abundant metasomatic mica, orthopyroxene (opx) and, in some cases, clinopyroxene (cpx). Boron contents and δ11B show a broad positive correlation with modal intensity of metasomatism from gt hz to mica-rich websteritic gt lz. Metasomatic fluids, parental to this group, are proposed to originate in partially-dehydrated subducting oceanic lithosphere, consistent with high LILE/HFSE mineral chemistry. The second group is characterized by relatively B-rich (~1ppm) micas and amphiboles from MARID xenoliths, cpx and gt in cpx-rich peridotite, and (B-poor) subcalcic cpx megacrysts, which all have δ11B of ~-10‰, indistinguishable from primitive mantle estimates. The fluids associated with the second group of samples may have originated in mantle plumes. The third group is heterogeneous showing δ11B values from ~-5 to +15‰ with B contents from 0.5-10 ppm. These samples (all micas) exhibit secondary textures that appear to result from fluid processes associated with kimberlite emplacement. Other analyzed samples (hydrous and anhydrous) may record contact with multiple fluids. The current dataset shows that boron is a useful tracer of fluids in the mantle and can contribute to the understanding of global geochemical

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Constraints From Deep-Imaging Magnetotellurics on the Lithospheric Structure and Evolution of the Enigmatic Okwa Terrane, Botswana

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    Muller, M. R.; Jones, A. G.; Evans, R. L.

    2009-12-01

    The Okwa Terrane, located in central Botswana, is perhaps one of the least understood terranes within the southern African Archean to Palaeoproterozoic tectonic framework. Thick Quaternary Kalahari sand-cover provides minimal crustal exposure with which to define the nature and evolution of the terrane: its potential affiliations and tectonic relationships with adjacent terranes remain speculative and largely unconstrained. The Okwa Terrane, as defined primarily in potential field images, is bounded to the west and north by the Early Proterozoic Rehoboth Terrane, to the south by the Archean Kaapvaal Craton, and to the east, across a poorly defined boundary, by the Palaeoproterozoic Magondi orogenic belt and the Archean Zimbabwe Craton. While the Okwa Terrane is inferred in some interpretations to constitute the northern-most portion of the Kaapvaal Craton, there is no direct evidence to support an Archean lithospheric stabilisation age for the terrane. The oldest recorded crustal ages, for intrusive granites located in the Okwa Inlier, are between 2.1 and 2.0 Ga. Gneissic deformation of the granites is recognised at ~1.8 Ga and, in alternative interpretations, is regarded as the accretion age of the Okwa Terrane with the Kaapvaal Craton along the major east-west trending Palala Shear Zone. A reported diamondiferous kimberlite pipe in the Gope cluster of the Okwa Terrane suggests a lithospheric thickness in excess of the depth of the diamond stability field (~160 km), at least at the time of kimberlite eruption at ~80 Ma. The multinational Southern African Magnetotelluric Experiment (SAMTEX) has acquired, during the period between 2003 and 2008, more than 730 magnetotelluric (MT) sites along 14,000 kilometers of profile length across southern Africa. In acquiring MT data on two orthogonal ~600 km-long profiles across the Okwa Terrane, SAMTEX provides the first deep crustal and lithospheric mantle images of the terrane. MT stations were installed at roughly 20 km

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Structure and evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath Siberian craton, thermobarometric study

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    Ashchepkov, Igor V.; Pokhilenko, Nikolai P.; Vladykin, Nikolai V.; Logvinova, Alla M.; Afanasiev, Valentin P.; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila N.; Kuligin, Sergei S.; Malygina, Elena V.; Alymova, Natalia A.; Kostrovitsky, Sergey I.; Rotman, Anatolii Y.; Mityukhin, Sergey I.; Karpenko, Mikhail A.; Stegnitsky, Yuri B.; Khemelnikova, Olga S.

    2010-04-01

    Monomineral thermobarometry (MTB) data derived from EMP analyses for heavy monomineral separates from > 20 Yakutian kimberlite pipes were used to compile a SSE-NNW traverse of the mantle beneath the Siberian craton. Orthopyroxene (Opx) MBT for the mantle section beneath Udachnaya gives three PT paths: a low temperature (LT) conductive branch (Boyd et al., 1997), estimated with thermometers of Krogh (1988) or/and O'Neill and Wood (1979), and two other HT paths. The three paths correspond to different values of Fe# in Ol (0.075, 0.085 and 0.11). They are reproduced by the modified MTB equations for clinopyroxene, garnet, chromite and ilmenites (Ashchepkov et al., 2008a), a mono-version of the O'Neill and Wood (1979) thermometer with corrections to Cr and Ca/Mg ratios which mark conductive geotherm. PT estimates for garnets and pyroxenes reflect mantle layering, whereas those for ilmenite reflect varying conditions of polybaric mantle protokimberlite systems and metasomatism. MTB for xenoliths from the Udachnaya, Mir, Dalnyaya, and Komsomolskaya kimberlites show the colder branches if PT path using heavy mineral analyses them according to PT for xenoliths according to TB (O'Neill and Wood, 1979; Finnerty and Boyd, 1987; McGregor, 1974; Brey and Kohler, 1990) producing smoother geotherms. MTB gives a wider range PT points reflecting heating near magmatic channels. Regularities of mantle sections and layering in the Daldyn field are recognized on the PT and P- X diagrams. The lower part of the mantle sections were heated by protokimberlite melts which created the megacrystalline associations. PT values of sub-calcic garnets correlate with those of picroilmenites. Mantle columns beneath the large pipes reveal stepped 7-12 layering for Udachnaya pipe units correlating with the peaks of Re/Os ages (Griffin et al., 2002b) is marked by periodic increase in Fe# in minerals. Pyroxenites and 'hot' eclogites (Pokhilenko et al., 1999) are found in layers at ˜ ˜ 40, 50-65, and

  15. Using of Correlating monomineral thermobarometry for mantle peridotites (correlating methods).

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    Ashchepkov, I. V.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Sobolev, N. V.; Rotman, A. Y.; Afanasiev, V. P.; Logvinova, A. M.; Vladykin, N. V.; Kostrovitsky, S. I.; Karpenko, M. A.; Vishnyakova, E. V.

    2005-12-01

    Correlating monomineral thermobarometry using kimberlite mega- and xenocrysts and xenoliths allows to determine mantle layering with concentrate from kimberlites or placers. Orthopyroxene method (Brey, Kohler,1990)-(McGregor, 1974) was used for calibration of others. Clinopyroxene. Po =0.04*Kd *ToC/(1-2.4*Fe)-5.5 where KD = Na/Ca *Mg/(Al+Cr)and polynomial P = 0.00006*Po3 - 0.0156*Po2 + 1.6757*Po (R2 = 0.8245). The ToC (Nimis -Taylor, 2000) are corrected ToC= 000001*TooC**2 +0.9575*TooC+107.01 Garnet. Thermometers based on: 1) OPx's (Brey, Kohler,1990) estimates, ToC =5272.5*(Ln(KD)/P)3+10265* (Ln(KD)/P)2+ 6472* Ln(KD)/P +2113 where KD= MgO*TiO2/((CaO+MgO)2* FeO*Al2O3 2) CPx (Nimis, Taylor, 2000), : T0oC =362.05*(Ln(KD)/P)3+1880.4* (Ln(KD))/P2+2659.6* Ln(KD)/P +1695.5 where KD= Na2O*MnO*TiO2/(CaO+MgO)* FeO*Al2O3, 3) Gar-Cpx (Krogh, 1988) KD= Na2O*MnO*TiO2/(CaO+MgO)* FeO*Al2O3, 4)Ni in garnet thermometry (Griffin, 1989) with Ni(ppm) =88,877*E**(-5.021*Ni'), (R2=0.69) where Ni' =MnO*ln(FeO)/ln(MgO)*1.1-0.193*TiO2 +0.003*ln(Na2O)- 0.003*Cr2O3+0.0035*CaO+0.004*Al2O3 ToC =0.0004*Ni3-0.0304*Ni2 +7.6318*Ni+ 597.2 ( R2 = 0.69) Chromite P=0.86347*(Cr/(Cr+Al)* ToC/14+Ti*0.1) the second approximation P=0.0004*Po3-0.0342*Po2+1.5323*Po The temperatures are determined using monomineral version of the Ol-Sp thermometer (Taylor et al.,1998) Fo=0.06+0.0005*P for P >30 kbar and Fo=0.095+0.0001*Po for the lower pressures. The Sp-Ol oxybarometer (Taylor et al ., 1998) give the lineal correlation with monomineral version made in the same manner (R-0,96). Ilmenite. P= (TiO2-23.)*2.15-(ToC-700)/20*MgO*Cr2O3-1.5*MnO)*ToC/1273 and further P=10*(60-Po)/60+Po. Monomineral version Ol-Il thermometer (Taylor et al ., 1998) where Fo=0.11+0.00025*P for pressures lower then 30 kbar and Fo=0.10+0.00025*P for greater pressures. The monomineral fO2 oxybarometer same Fo content . Data for 7 kimberlite fields in Yakutia show large scale variations of the mantle different part of Siberian platform

  16. Non-Potassic Melts In CMAS-CO2-H2O-K2O Model Peridotite

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    Buisman, I.; Walter, M. J.; Keshav, S.

    2009-12-01

    Volatile mediated model systems have been fundamental in shaping our knowledge about the way we view melting phase relations of peridotite at various depths in the Earth. Volatiles not only affect the melting temperatures, but the resulting liquids are, in some case, dramatically different than those witnessed in melting of dry peridotite. For example, the influence of CO2 and H2O on the melting phase relations of model peridotite shows a remarkable decrease in the solidus temperatures when compared to the dry peridotite (Gudfinnsson and Presnall, 2005). These model systems illustrate a gradational change above the solidus from carbonatites to kimberlites over several hundreds of degrees. Group-II kimberlites are ultrapotassic rocks with high water content where the mineral phlogopite is abundant. To get a better understanding of the melting phase relations related to carbonatitic and kimberlitic magmas, K2O was added to the system CMAS-CO2-H2O. In these systems, fluid and melt can co-exist in P-T space. However, from past studies, it is also known that in hydrous systems, both the fluid and melt will become indistinguishable from one another creating a singularity (second critical endpoint). Starting from the solidus located in six components (Keshav and Gudfinnsson, AGU abstract, 2009), with seven phases, melting phase relations in CMAS-CO2-H2O-K2O involving, fo-opx-cpx-garnet-carbonate-melt-fluid, are divariant. Fluid was recognized with the observation of large cavities seen in exposed capsules. Moreover, the presence of bright, needle-like grains found in large cavities in backscattered images implies the presence of solute in the fluid phase. Significantly, liquids on this divariant region have about 1000 ppm K2O, and so is the case with accompanying cpx. Hence, with this non-interesting amount of K2O in the mentioned phases, fluid must have all the potassium. At 30 kbar/1100C, with fo-opx-cpx-garnet-carbonate-phlogopite-melt-fluid, the melting phase

  17. 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

  18. Diamond formation episodes at the southern margin of the Kaapvaal Craton: Re-Os systematics of sulfide inclusions from the Jagersfontein Mine

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    Aulbach, Sonja; Shirey, Steven B.; Stachel, Thomas; Creighton, Steven; Muehlenbachs, Karlis; Harris, Jeff W.

    2009-04-01

    Sulfide inclusions in diamonds from the 90-Ma Jagersfontein kimberlite, intruded into the southern margin of the Kaapvaal Craton, were analyzed for their Re-Os isotope systematics to constrain the ages and petrogenesis of their host diamonds. The latter have δ13C ranging between -3.5 and -9.8‰ and nitrogen aggregation states (from pure Type IaA up to 51% total N as B centers) corresponding to time/temperature history deep within the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Most sulfides are Ni-poor ([Ni + Co]/Fe = 0.05-0.25 for 15 of 17 inclusions), have elevated Cu/[Fe + Ni + Co] ratios (0.02-0.36) and elemental Re-Os ratios between 0.5 and 46 (12 of 14 inclusions) typical of eclogitic to more pyroxenitic mantle sources. Re-Os isotope systematics indicate two generations of diamonds: (1) those on a 1.7 Ga age array with initial 187Os/188Os (187Os/188Osi) of 0.46 ± 0.07 and (2) those on a 1.1 Ga array with 187Os/188Osi of 0.30 ± 0.11. The radiogenic initial Os isotopic composition for both generations of diamond suggests that components with high time-integrated Re-Os are involved, potentially by remobilization of ancient subducted oceanic crust and hybridization of peridotite. A single sulfide with higher Os and Ni content but significantly lower 187Os/188Os hosted in a diamond with less aggregated N may represent part of a late generation of peridotitic diamonds. The paucity of peridotitic sulfide inclusions in diamonds from Jagersfontein and other kimberlites from the Kaapvaal craton contrasts with an overall high relative abundance of diamonds with peridotitic silicate inclusions. This may relate to extreme depletion and sulfur exhaustion during formation of the Kaapvaal cratonic root, with the consequence that in peridotites, sulfide-included diamonds could only form during later re-introduction of sulfur.

  19. Experimental birth of a maar-diatreme volcano

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    Ross, P.-S.; White, J. D. L.; Valentine, G. A.; Taddeucci, J.; Sonder, I.; Andrews, R. G.

    2013-06-01

    Maar-diatreme eruptions are hazardous to people and infrastructure, and are also linked to the formation of the kimberlitic variety of diatremes, which is important economically. Processes occurring in the subsurface diatreme and their relation to surface eruptions are not yet well understood. We conducted field-scale experiments using analog materials to shed more light on these processes, especially the formation of the proto-diatreme during the first explosions of a maar eruption. Specifically, a series of buried explosions in a prepared, layered substrate (pad) produced craters, extra-crater deposits and sub-crater deposits analogous to volcanic maar craters, tephra rings and incipient diatremes. Post-explosion substrate excavation revealed that single large explosions produce sub-crater deposits extending nearly to the crater-rim crest. The same energy divided into three blasts, either co-located or at different depths with the same epicenter, produced narrower and sometimes deeper sub-crater deposits even though the final sizes of the craters were similar to that produced by the single large blast. The sub-crater deposits have an upper zone with domains from different substrate depths, and an underlying zone distinguished primarily by being more loosely packed than the original substrate. Videos show surface motion extending beyond the post-shot crater rim, and largely vertical ejection and fallback of material into the footprint of these deposits, especially for the explosions that occurred below optimal depth of burial. We infer that much of the loosely packed material was disassembled, vertically transported to different heights during the explosions, then fell back without significant relative lateral movement of grains. However, subvertical fallback did produce apparent cross-cutting structures in shallow sub-crater deposits. One explosion ejected material from the deepest substrate horizon, but it was redeposited only within the crater and is

  20. Towards an Integrated Seismic Characterization of the Slave Craton

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    Rondenay, S.; Snyder, D. B.; Chen, C.; Straub, K. M.; Bank, C.; Bostock, M. G.

    2005-12-01

    Archean cratons form the core of the majority of Earth's continents and offer a unique window into the evolution of continents and plate tectonics over geological time. The dynamics that led to the evolution and stabilization of cratons over one billion years ago, however, remain poorly understood. The Archean Slave province, located in the NW Canadian Shield, is an ideal site to study the formation of cratons due to its high degree of preservation and petrological evidence that its lithosphere possesses a distinct stratification resulting from cratonic assembly. The last decade has witnessed an explosion of seismological work in the region, with more than 45 broadband seismic stations deployed over variable lengths of time by the University of British Columbia, the Geological Survey of Canada, the POLARIS consortium and MIT. These data have been subjected to a wide array of seismic analyses: body- and surface-wave tomographic inversions were applied to the complete dataset, whereas receiver functions and shear-wave splitting were applied to subsets of the data. When considered together, these results yield an unprecedented seismic characterization of the Slave province. The Slave's lithosphere is, on average, 200 km thick and displays seismic velocities that are ~2-3% faster than surrounding Proterozoic orogens and ~2% faster than average cratonic values. At smaller scales, a low velocity anomaly centered to the south of the Lac de Gras kimberlite field is observed between 50-300 km depth. The anomaly has a radius of ~100 km, it exhibits a 2.8% slowness contrast with respect to the surrounding mantle, and may represent post-stabilization alteration of the cratonic lithosphere by processes responsible for kimberlite magmatism. Coherent results from shear-wave splitting and surface-wave analyses show evidence for two layers of anisotropy beneath the Slave craton: one in the uppermost lithosphere that may be associated with crustal structure from the last episode of

  1. 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

  2. Formation of “Tuffisitic Kimberlites” by phreatomagmatic processes

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    Kurszlaukis, Stephan; Lorenz, Volker

    2008-06-01

    The rock type "Tuffisitic Kimberlite" (TK) occurs in the deeper diatremes of some Southern African, Canadian and Siberian kimberlite pipes and has been considered a unique rock type related to a particular emplacement process. The key features of this rock type are its fragmental nature, its massive, well-mixed appearance and a specific matrix mineralogy characterized by the presence of serpentine and microlitic clinopyroxene and the absence or scarcity of carbonate. Historically, all these features were thought to be related to a highly specific intrusive-extrusive magmatic emplacement process. In this process, the expansion of magmatic volatiles drives the fluidization of a pre-existing, shallow-crustal, vertical magma reservoir (the "embryonic pipe") and its consequent evolution into the final diatreme after breakthrough to the surface. The specific matrix mineralization is explained by the dissociation of carbonate into CO 2 and CaO. While the expanding CO 2 drives the fluidization process, CaO reacts with SiO 2 released from xenolith and olivine alteration to form microlitic clinopyroxene. With the phreatomagmatic process chain we offer an alternative model that can readily explain this specific rock type. Ongoing explosions in a downward penetrating root zone excavate a pipe consisting of a rather regular, cone-shaped diatreme underlain by the irregular root zone. At this stage the pipe in its majority is infilled by warm to hot pyroclastic tephra. During thermohydraulic explosions in the root zone the expansion of water vapor homogenizes the overlying diatreme tephra and mixes it with the adjacent country-rock lithologies. This result in the massive, well-mixed volcaniclastic rock type typical for TKBs. Post-emplacement hydrothermal alteration and mineralization under epi- to mesothermal conditions are considered responsible for the observed specific matrix mineralogy. Carbonate is frequently present in coherent root zone rocks but is rare or absent due to

  3. Water contents and OH speciation in pyroxenes

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    Bégaudeau, K.; Morizet, Y.; Mercier, J.

    2010-12-01

    Nominally anhydrous minerals such as pyroxene contain trace amounts of hydrogen which reside in structural defects. Dissolved water (hydroxyls species OH) plays a crucial role in modifying the physical and chemical properties of the Earth’s mantle and attests a significant water reservoir inside. For a series of natural clino- and orthopyroxenes (cpx and opx) from large suite mantle xenoliths, we investigated the total water (H2Otot) in pyroxenes using micro-FTIR so as to constrain the OH dissolution mechanisms. Samples studied have been brought up either by 1) alkaline basalts magmas, Mont Briançon, Maar de Borée , Barges (France), Dreiser Weiher (Germany), San Carlos (Arizona), Black Rock Sumitt (Nevada), Kilbourne Hole (New Mexico), or by 2) kimberlite magmas, Letseng-la-Terae (South Africa). Crystal chemistry from the different xenoliths was determined by microprobe analyses. Pyroxenes have high Mg number (about 0.9) and spinels contain 0.19 Fe3+/Fetot. Equilibrium P, T conditions were determined by geothermobarometry. P-T conditions were estimated between 700 and 1400°C and between 0.5 and 6.3 GPa. Polarized FTIR spectra acquired on natural cpx and opx are consistent with previous studies, showing the main absorption bands attributed to OH species in the region between 3000-3800 cm-1. H2Otot was estimated by the Beer-Lambert law using the calibration of Libowitzky and Rossman (1997) and gives about 300 ppm and 100 ppm H2O for cpx and opx, respectively. Partionning coefficient between cpx and opx is estimated to 2.1, similar to those from literature data on pyroxenes of alkali-basalt and kimberlitic xenoliths. The H2Otot does not show significant correlation with crystal chemistry, therefore contrasting with previous studies. However, we observe a good linear correlation between the cpx/opx water content and the physical conditions (P, T and fO2 determined from Fe3+/Fetot in spinel) recorded by the mantle xenoliths: ppm H2Ocpx=522.89-119.38*P-0.195*T+484

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Diamond Provenance Through Shape, Colour, Surface Features and Value

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    Harris, J.

    2002-05-01

    The physical properties of diamond provide a possible means by which run-of-mine productions may be identified. Such properties as shape, the regularity and angularity of the crystal form, the level of transparency, colour, syngenetic inclusion content and surface feature characteristics, all as a function of diamond size, can classify diamond productions. In early work, up to 1500 diamonds in specific sizes ranging from just under 2mm up to 6mm were evaluated. Using this procedure, most of the diamonds from the main mines in southern Africa have now been classified. Within South Africa, the mine at Swartruggens is the only one to have measurable levels of cube-shaped diamonds and an absence of the spinel twin form of diamond, more commonly known as the macle. In Botswana, the proportion of cube related forms at Jwaneng is about four times that at Orapa. Whilst the common diamond colours, colourless, yellow and brown, occur in most mines, there is a marked change in the proportion of transparent green-coated diamonds with depth in mines such as Finsch and Jwaneng. Individual mines may also have very small proportions of distinctive diamond colours, such as pinks at the Argyle mine in Australia and blues in the Premier mine in South Africa. More recently, classification emphasis has shifted away from large numbers of diamonds examined and particular attention has been paid to surface features, which reflect changes to the diamond either whilst still in the kimberlite, or subsequently during transport to an alluvial source. A classification of diamonds at the Venetia mine, South Africa, for example, showed that the proportion of diamonds with the feature referred to as corrosion sculpture, was distinctive between kimberlite types within the mine. With alluvial diamonds, transport causes further defects, particularly a general increase in the proportion of diamonds with surface features referred to as percussion marks and edge abrasion. The above observational

  7. 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

  8. Why Understanding When and How Plate Tectonics Began Is Essential for a Robust Theory of the Earth

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    Stern, R. J.; Gerya, T.

    2014-12-01

    Understanding when and how Plate Tectonics (PT) began and what came before has profound implications for understanding the Earth because the transition to PT from the previous tectonic regime - some variant of deformable lid tectonics (DLT)- resulted in faster cooling and enhanced recycling of surface materials to depth. The transition to PT also would have impacted ocean chemistry, climate and life evolution. There is no consensus about when PT began on Earth; estimates range from >4.2 Ga to ~0.85 Ga. Three pillars of a robust Theory of the Earth illustrate the importance of answering this question: (1) the solid Earth volatile cycle; (2) the Urey ratio; and (3) the kimberlite enigma. For (1), it is now clear that subduction injects more H2O (and probably CO2) into Earth's mantle- where it is stored - than is released to the surface by igneous activity. Presumably the volatile flux from the surface into the mantle was lower during DLT episodes, although delamination and Rayleigh-Taylor drippings would have sent some. Constraining PT H2O and CO2 fluxes requires knowing when PT began and interior soaking accelerated. Regarding (2), estimating Earth's Urey ratio (Ur; heat production/heat loss) evolution requires avoiding the "thermal catastrophe" implying that if Earth has been cooling off as fast as presently (Ur ~0.2) then it must have been totally molten 1-2 Ga; a transition from DLT (high Ur) to PT (low Ur) may resolve the paradox. Finally (3), why are the vast majority of kimberlites of Phaneozoic age? Is it because erosion has removed the evidence or because sufficient H2O-CO2 rich fluids that drive such eruptions have only been delivered below cratonic lithosphere since deep subduction associated with PT began? Determining when did PT start, what was Earth's DLT-regime before this, and how did the transition occur will require the insights of the entire geoscientific community, providing a worthy set of 21st Century geoscientific research priorities.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Quantitative petrological constraints on the depth of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere boundary and the implications for changes in cratonic lithosphere thickness through time

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    Mather, K. A.; Pearson, G.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.

    2010-12-01

    Estimating the depth to the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) is a key output of mantle xenolith studies that is of fundamental importance for understanding the evolution of cratons. The depth to the LAB is estimated using xenolith-derived palaeogeotherms that reflect the thermal state of the lithosphere prior to kimberlite eruption. Given the relatively long-standing availability of numerical approaches for fitting palaeogeotherms to peridotite xenolith pressure-temperature (P-T) data, the practice of qualitatively comparing xenolith P-T arrays to simple models of lithospheric thermal properties remains widespread, and restricts our ability to make objective comparisons with seismic data. Newer, more quantitative methods for estimating the palaeogeotherm — and therefore the depth to the LAB — from peridotite xenolith data are available, but are often specific to particular datasets and have not been widely adopted. Here, we show how the quantitative palaeogeotherm estimation model of McKenzie and Bickle (2005), and other adapted quantitative methods can provide estimates of the base of the LAB with some assessment made of the degree of fit of the palaeogeotherm to the data, and also of its precision. We show that these more quantitative fits yield lithospheric thicknesses (180 - 200 km) that are, in some cases, much shallower than previous estimates made using xenolith thermobarometry. They concur with estimates derived from surface waves, but are considerably deeper (>40 km) than recent receiver function estimates. In addition, they agree with the recent shear-wave splitting estimates of Yuan and Ramanowicz (2010). Most importantly, these quantitative fits allow us to compare petrological and seismic estimates of the LAB in an objective manner. This is needed in order to assess whether the differences in estimates obtained at the same location are artefacts of the different calculation methods, or are fundamental changes in lithosphere thickness

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Mesoproterozoic orangeites of Karelia (Kostomuksha-Lentiira): evidence for composition of mantle lithosphere

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    Kargin, Alexey; Nosova, Anna; Larionova, Yulia; Kononova, Voctoria; Borisovskiy, Sergey; Kovalchuk, Elena; Griboedova, Irina

    2014-05-01

    The 1.23-1.20 Ga old diamondiferous lamproites and orangeites (kimberlites of II group) of the Kostomuksha-Taloveys and the Lentiira-Kuhmo dyke fields intrude the Archaean crust of the Karelian craton, NE of the East European Platform. Mineral (a trend of compositional evolution of mica, presence of carbonate minerals in basis, composition of olivine) and geochemical (major elements, ratio of trace elements, primitive mantle normalized trace elements patterns) characteristics of these rocks suggest an orangeitic rather than lamproitic or lamprophyric nature. The composition of Phl-Ol orangeites suggests intensive processes of fractional crystallization for their melts. Cpx-Phl-Ol orangeites indicate higher intensity of lithospheric mantle assimilation then other orangeitic types. Phl-Carb orangeites of the Taloveys area and Cpx-Phl-Ol one of the Lentiira area are closest to primary melts. The Ol-Phl-Cpx orangeites of the Lentiira area contain three generations of unaltered olivine that vary in composition and origin: a) xenocryst derived from depleted mantle peridotite; b) orangeitic olivine phenocryst and c) and olivine like early stage crystallization of megacryst assemblage or a product of metasomatic interaction between mantle peridotite and protokimberlitic melt. Orangeites of Kostomuksha-Lentiira have low- and medium-radiogenic value of (87Sr/86Sr)1200 that range from 0.7038 to 0.7067. Phl-Carb orangeites of Taloveys have less radiogenic isotopic composition of Nd (eNd -11 ... -12) then Cpx-Phl-Ol and Phl-Ol orangeites of Kostomuksha (eNd -6.9 ... -9.4). The study of Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic systems suggests that an ancient metasomatic mantle source took part in origin of orangeites. We propose a two-steps model of origin of their source (Kargin et al., 2014): 1) The metasomatic component of mantle source (like as MARID-type veins) formed during Lapland-Kola and/or Svecofennian orogeny events (2.1-1.8 Ga ago). 2) The intrusion of orangeites is comparable by

  17. Concepts for diamond exploration in "on/off craton" areas—British Columbia, Canada

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    Simandl, George J.

    2004-09-01

    The tectonic setting of British Columbia (BC) differs from classic diamond-bearing intracratonic regions such as the Northwest Territories and South Africa. Nevertheless, several diamond occurrences have been reported in BC. It is also known that parts of the province are underlain by Proterozoic and possibly Archean basement. Because the continents of today are composites of fragments of ancient continents, it is possible that some of the regions underlain by old crystalline basement in eastern British Columbia were associated with a deep crustal keel. The keel may have predated the break-up of the early Neoproterozoic supercontinent called Rodinia and was preserved possibly until the Triassic. Some of these old continental fragments may have been displaced relative to their position of origin and dissociated from their keel, or the keel may have since been destroyed. Such fragments represent favourable exploration grounds in terms of the "Diamondiferous Mantle Root" model (DMR model) if they were intersected by kimberlites or lamproites prior to displacement or destruction of their underlying deep keel. Therefore, extrapolation of fragments of the diamond-bearing Precambrian basement from the Northwest Territories or Alberta to BC provides a sufficient reason for initiating reconnaissance indicator mineral surveys. The "Eclogite Subduction Zone" model (ES model) predicts formation of diamonds at lower pressure (i.e., depth) than required by the DMR model in convergent tectonic settings. Although not proven, this model is supported by thermal modeling of cold subduction zones and recent discoveries of diamonds in areas characterized by convergent tectonic settings. If the ES model is correct, then the parts of BC with a geological history similar to today's "cold" subduction zones, such as Honshu (Japan), or to continental collision zones, such as Kokchetav massif (Kazakhstan) and the Dabie-Sulu Terrane (east central China), may be diamondiferous. The terranes

  18. 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

  19. X-Ray Tomography of Diamondiferous Eclogites: Clues to the Origin of Diamonds.

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    Taylor, L. A.; Ketcham, R. A.

    2009-05-01

    During the last decade or so, considerable new and significant data have been gathered concerning the origin of diamonds. This has come from the mantle xenoliths that are the rocks in which the diamonds originated, namely eclogites and peridotites, the host rocks for diamonds in the mantle. Upon rising through the crust to the surface in their kimberlite magmatic carriers and subsequent weathering on the surface, the weak olivine commonly alters, thereby reducing the crushing strength of the peridotite xenoliths. However, the eclogite xenoliths often retain enough toughness to resist total shattering after initial crushing during diamond recovery process. Subjecting these eclogite nodules to X-rays (e.g., 1.54 Å Cu K) can reveal the bright-blue fluorescence of any diamonds exposed at the surface of the xenoliths. Slow and careful extraction can result in recovery of large diamonds. Many of these unique rocks are the ones upon which we have performed High- Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (HRXCT) at UT Austin. These data have formed the basis for further eclogite dissections and diamond polishing at UT Knoxville. The size of the diamondiferous eclogites that were scanned by HRXCT are from 20 g to 8.8 kg, all with many diamonds ranging from <1 mm to >1 cm, most octahedral, several with mineral inclusions. These diamondiferous eclogites have both textures and fabrics that provide evidence indicating the secondary formation of the diamonds. These include lineations of diamonds along zones of metasomatic alteration, former zones of enhanced permeability; the non-association of sulfides (po, pn, cpy) with the diamonds, versus sulfide-immiscible melt for the diamond origin; lack of any diamonds in direct contact with the primary garnets or clinopyroxenes; and the presence of some dodecahedral diamonds, indicative of resorption processes, typically attributed to the kimberlite melt. Indeed, these eclogites are not igneous in origin, but metamorphic products of their

  20. 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

  1. Hydrocarbons Encapsulated in Diamonds From China and India

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    Leung, I.; Tsao, C.; Taj-Eddin, I.

    2005-05-01

    We examined a large number of diamonds from a kimberlite pipe located in Fuxian, China, and alluvial diamonds from Panna, India. We selected 6-10 diamonds from each locality based on certain characteristics: they are white, brilliant, mostly devoid of mineral inclusions, fracture-free, many contain microscopic bubbles, some display etched circular patterns. These diamonds were examined under ultraviolet (UV) light using a fluorescence microscope, then, investigated using a Nicolet 6700 FT-IR spectrometer. Several diamonds emit blue fluorescence when excited with UV light, while others appear dim because they are not fluorescent. It is the latter that render the included bubbles clearly visible, glowing as yellow and blue spherules within the dim diamond host. These fluorescent bubbles are probably filled with hydrocarbon fluids of variable compositions. FT-IR spectra of diamond typically show absorption due to intrinsic diamond lattice vibrations. We found in most of our diamonds used in this study an additional, outstanding group of absorption bands located just below the wavenumber 3000. Peak positions in this region correlate well with symmetric and asymmetric stretching of methylene and methyl groups, attributable to H bonded to C atoms. Comparing them with standard spectral shapes, we found a good match with an alkane molecule composed of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons. Our observations provide evidence that hydrocarbons might be important components in the deep mantle, but, to transport them up to Earth's surface would require strong capsules which, perhaps, only diamond could provide.

  2. The Hadean-Archaean environment.

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    Sleep, Norman H

    2010-06-01

    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 approximately 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 CO(2) greenhouse persisted until subducted oceanic crust sequestered CO(2) into the mantle. It is not known whether the Earth's surface lingered in a approximately 70 degrees C thermophile environment well into the Archaean or cooled to clement or freezing conditions in the Hadean. Recently discovered approximately 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 CO(2)-rich magmas, preserve evidence of subducted upper oceanic crust, ancient surface environments, and biosignatures of photosynthesis.

  3. Distribution and characteristics of diamonds from Myanmar

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    Win, T. T.; Davies, R. M.; Griffin, W. L.; Wathanakul, P.; French, D. H.

    2001-08-01

    Diamonds occur in headless placers at several locations within Myanmar. Twenty-six stones from the Momeik area of northern Myanmar and 111 stones from the Theindaw area of southern Myanmar have been studied to characterise their morphology, crystal forms, colour, degree of resorption, surface features, internal structures, mineral inclusions, and nitrogen content and aggregation state. Most stones grew originally as octahedra, but now show very high degrees of resorption, and highly polished surfaces, reflecting transport in a magma. Etch features are abundant, and breakage and abrasion are common, due to alluvial transport. Brown radiation spots are common, suggesting that these diamonds have a long history in surface environments. Cathodoluminescence (CL) images of plates and whole stones commonly display marked oscillatory zoning of yellow and blue bands, outlining octahedral growth zones. Many other stones show uniform yellow CL. Syngenetic mineral inclusions identified thus far are mainly of peridotitic paragenesis and include olivine, chromite and native iron. Infrared spectroscopy studies show that ˜10% of the diamonds have very low-N contents (Type II diamonds). More N-rich diamonds show high degrees of aggregation (Type IaAB). Both types are consistent with derivation from the upper mantle, rather than from crustal metamorphic sources. The primary source of these diamonds is believed to be an alkaline igneous rock (lamproitic rather than kimberlitic) but they may have reached their present locations via a secondary collector such as a sedimentary rock.

  4. Subarctic weathering of mineral wastes provides a sink for atmospheric CO(2).

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    Wilson, Siobhan A; Dipple, Gregory M; Power, Ian M; Barker, Shaun L L; Fallon, Stewart J; Southam, Gordon

    2011-09-15

    The mineral waste from some mines has the capacity to trap and store CO(2) within secondary carbonate minerals via the process of silicate weathering. Nesquehonite [MgCO(3)·3H(2)O] forms by weathering of Mg-silicate minerals in kimberlitic mine tailings at the Diavik Diamond Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada. Less abundant Na- and Ca-carbonate minerals precipitate from sewage treatment effluent deposited in the tailings storage facility. Radiocarbon and stable carbon and oxygen isotopes are used to assess the ability of mine tailings to trap and store modern CO(2) within these minerals in the arid, subarctic climate at Diavik. Stable isotopic data cannot always uniquely identify the source of carbon stored within minerals in this setting; however, radiocarbon isotopic data provide a reliable quantitative estimate for sequestration of modern carbon. At least 89% of the carbon trapped within secondary carbonate minerals at Diavik is derived from a modern source, either by direct uptake of atmospheric CO(2) or indirect uptake though the biosphere. Silicate weathering at Diavik is trapping 102-114 g C/m(2)/y within nesquehonite, which corresponds to a 2 orders of magnitude increase over the background rate of CO(2) uptake predicted from arctic and subarctic river catchment data. PMID:21854037

  5. The Catanda extrusive carbonatites (Kwanza Sul, Angola): an example of explosive carbonatitic volcanism

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    Campeny, Marc; Mangas, José; Melgarejo, Joan C.; Bambi, Aurora; Alfonso, Pura; Gernon, Thomas; Manuel, José

    2014-04-01

    Carbonatite lavas and pyroclastic rocks are exposed in the volcanic graben of Catanda and represent the only known example of extrusive carbonatites in Angola. A new detailed geological map of the area is presented in this study as well as six different stratigraphic sections. Pyroclastic rocks, apparently unwelded, are dominant in the area and represented in all the stratigraphic columns. They form shallowly to moderately inclined layers, mostly devoid of internal structures, that range in thickness from several centimetres to metres. They are dominantly lapilli tuffs and minor tuffs occasionally comprising pelletal lapilli. Based on their different features and field relationships, at least five different pyroclastic lithofacies have been distinguished in the area. Carbonatitic lavas outcrop in the external parts of the Catanda graben, forming coherent layers interbedded with pyroclastic rocks. Calcite is the most common mineral in the lavas, but other accessory minerals such as fluorapatite, titaniferous magnetite, phlogopite, pyrochlore, baddeleyite, monticellite, perovskite, cuspidine and periclase have also been identified. At least four different types of lavas have been distinguished based on their mineral associations and textural features. This study reveals an overall abundance of pyroclastic material in comparison to lava flows in the Catanda area, suggesting that eruptive processes were dominated by explosive activity similar to what has been described in other carbonatite and kimberlite localities. The Catanda carbonatitic volcanism was associated with monogenetic volcanic edifices with tuff ring or maar morphologies, and at least seven possible eruptive centres have been identified in the area.

  6. Exploration and Production of Diamond Deposits in Wafangdian Area of Liaoning Province

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    Leung, I. S.; Wang, W.

    2012-12-01

    This paper is based on a study of several exploration reports and original field notebooks made available to us by Houxing Wang, new leader of The Sixth Geology Brigade of Liaoning Province. Aerial magnetic surveys were conducted over the southeastern peninsula of Liaoning in 1958 and 1959 to locate petroleum deposits. In 1973, a surface magnetic survey was performed by the Liaoning material deposits team. Guided by available magnetic data, The Sixth Geology Brigade collected heavy minerals in selected stream beds in 1974, followed by borehole methods the following year. A systematic diamond exploration program was established in 1976. Kimberlite pipes 51, 68 and 74 were discovered in 1977, more than five years after the diamond exploration project originated. Later studies of individual pipes were based on detailed observations of structural geology, fault systems, downhole methods, trenches, constructions of a series of cross sections covering a depth of up to 80 meters. Excavation of Pipe 50, one of the richest diamond deposits in the area, began in the early 1980's, and the pipe was depleted and closed in July, 2002. When we compared the bird's eyeview of the excavated hole with the original maps and cross sections prepared by the geologists of The Sixth Geology Brigade, we were astonished by the accuracy of every detail as predicted like a piece of art work.

  7. Synchrotron infrared and Raman spectroscopy of microdiamonds from Erzgebirge, Germany

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    Dobrzhinetskaya,L.; Liu, Z.; Cartigny, P.; Zhang, J.; Tchkhetia, D.; Hemley, R.; Green, H.

    2006-01-01

    Metamorphic diamonds from the Erzgebirge, Germany have been investigated using synchrotron infrared absorption, Raman scattering, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Infrared absorption features associated with C-C, C-H bonds, molecular H{sub 2}O, OH- and CO{sub 3}{sup 2-} radicals, and N-impurities were observed. The results suggest that a carbon-oxygen-hydrogen (COH) supercritical fluid is the most probable concept to explain the origin of diamonds from ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terranes (UHPM). Investigation of the nitrogen impurities suggests that the Erzgebirge diamonds belong to the Type 1b-1aA, which is similar to metamorphic diamonds from the Kokchetav massif of Kazakhstan and the Western Gneiss Region of Norway, and differentiates them from other nitrogen-bearing diamonds from kimberlitic sources (Type 1aAB). The occurrence of nitrogen impurities as single atoms in the crystal lattice implies that the Erzgebirge diamonds had a short residence at high-pressure and high-temperature, which therefore suggests a possibility for very fast exhumation. Both infrared and previous studies of nanoinclusions using a transmission electron microscope support a concept of diamond crystallization from a COH rich supercritical fluid.

  8. Lithospheric reworking at the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition of Australia imaged using AusLAMP Magnetotelluric data

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    Robertson, Kate; Heinson, Graham; Thiel, Stephan

    2016-10-01

    Seventy-four stations from the long-period Australia-wide AusLAMP (Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project) dataset were used to image the electrical resistivity beneath the Neoproterozoic Ikara-Flinders Ranges and adjacent Palaeo-Mesoproterozoic Curnamona Province. Results from 3D inversions using ModEM software show a relatively resistive Ikara-Flinders Ranges, with two parallel arcuate conductors at 20 to 80 km depth in the Nackara Arc. There is a good correlation of diamondiferous kimberlites occurring over conductors, which we interpret as evidence for these conductors to be residing on large lithospheric structures that have been conduits for partial melt and volatile movement in the Jurassic. The Curnamona Province is remarkably conductive for a region that is thought to have a cratonic core, with Delamerian reworking only at its edges. The conductor covers most of the province at depths of 10-40 km, and its presence at lower crustal depths suggests that conductive sediments can not entirely explain it. Fluids associated with subduction may have pervasively modified the crust in the past, resulting in an enrichment of carbon, enhancing the conductivity. Additionally, we conclude that the notion of a single continuous arcuate Flinders Conductivity Anomaly is unlikely and that the anomalous response observed is instead a result of the combined response of three separate anomalies; the Curnamona Province Conductor and the two Nackara Arc Conductors.

  9. About the method of investigation of applied unstable process

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    Romanova, O. V.; Sapega, V. F.

    2003-04-01

    ABOUT THE METHOD OF INVESTIGATION OF APPLIED UNSTABLE PROCESS O.V. Romanova (1), V.F. Sapega (1) (1) All-russian geological institute (VSEGEI) zapgeo@mail.wpus.net (mark: for Romanova)/Fax: +7-812-3289283 Samples of Late Proterosoic (Rephean) rocks from Arkhangelsk, Jaroslav and Leningrad regions were prepared by the developed method of sample preparation and researched by X-ray analysis. The presence of mantle fluid process had been previously estabished in some of the samples (injecting tuffizites) (Kazak, Jakobsson, 1999). It appears that unchanged rephean rocks contain the set of low-temperature minerals as illite, chlorite, vermiculite, goethite, indicates conditions of diagenesis with temperature less than 300° C. Presense of corrensite, rectorite, illite-montmorillonite indicates application of the post-diagenesis low-temperature process to the original sediment rock. At the same time the rocks involved in the fluid process, contain such minerals as olivine, pyrope, graphite and indicate application of the high-temperature process not less than 650-800°C. Within these samples a set of low-temperature minerals occur also, this demonstrates the short-timing and disequilibrium of the applied high-temperature process. Therefore implementation of the x-ray method provides unambiguous criterion to the establishment of the fluid process which as a rule is coupled with the development of kimberlite rock fields.

  10. The Hadean-Archaean environment.

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    Sleep, Norman H

    2010-06-01

    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 approximately 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 CO(2) greenhouse persisted until subducted oceanic crust sequestered CO(2) into the mantle. It is not known whether the Earth's surface lingered in a approximately 70 degrees C thermophile environment well into the Archaean or cooled to clement or freezing conditions in the Hadean. Recently discovered approximately 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 CO(2)-rich magmas, preserve evidence of subducted upper oceanic crust, ancient surface environments, and biosignatures of photosynthesis. PMID:20516134

  11. Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond.

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    Pearson, D G; Brenker, F E; Nestola, F; McNeill, J; Nasdala, L; Hutchison, M T; Matveev, S; Mather, K; Silversmit, G; Schmitz, S; Vekemans, B; Vincze, L

    2014-03-13

    The ultimate origin of water in the Earth's hydrosphere is in the deep Earth--the mantle. Theory and experiments have shown that although the water storage capacity of olivine-dominated shallow mantle is limited, the Earth's transition zone, at depths between 410 and 660 kilometres, could be a major repository for water, owing to the ability of the higher-pressure polymorphs of olivine--wadsleyite and ringwoodite--to host enough water to comprise up to around 2.5 per cent of their weight. A hydrous transition zone may have a key role in terrestrial magmatism and plate tectonics, yet despite experimental demonstration of the water-bearing capacity of these phases, geophysical probes such as electrical conductivity have provided conflicting results, and the issue of whether the transition zone contains abundant water remains highly controversial. Here we report X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopic data that provide, to our knowledge, the first evidence for the terrestrial occurrence of any higher-pressure polymorph of olivine: we find ringwoodite included in a diamond from Juína, Brazil. The water-rich nature of this inclusion, indicated by infrared absorption, along with the preservation of the ringwoodite, is direct evidence that, at least locally, the transition zone is hydrous, to about 1 weight per cent. The finding also indicates that some kimberlites must have their primary sources in this deep mantle region. PMID:24622201

  12. Resolving the Richat enigma: Doming and hydrothermal karstification above an alkaline complex

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    Matton, Guillaume; Jébrak, Michel; Lee, James K. W.

    2005-08-01

    The Richat structure (Sahara, Mauritania) appears as a large dome at least 40 km in diameter within a Late Proterozoic to Ordovician sequence. Erosion has created circular cuestas represented by three nested rings dipping outward from the structure. The center of the structure consists of a limestone-dolomite shelf that encloses a kilometer-scale siliceous breccia and is intruded by basaltic ring dikes, kimberlitic intrusions, and alkaline volcanic rocks. Several hypotheses have been presented to explain the spectacular Richat structure and breccia, but their origin remains enigmatic. The breccia body is lenticular in shape and irregularly thins at its extremities to only a few meters. The breccia was created during karst dissolution and collapse. Internal sediments fill the centimeter- to meter-scale cavities. Alkaline enrichment and the presence of Cretaceous automorphous neoformed K-feldspar demonstrate the hydrothermal origin of these internal sediments and their contemporaneity with magmatism. A model is proposed in which doming and the production of hydrothermal fluids were instrumental in creating a favorable setting for dissolution. The circular Richat structure and its breccia core thus represent the superficial expression of a Cretaceous alkaline complex with an exceptionally well preserved hydrothermal karst infilling at its summit.

  13. The occurrence of microdiamonds in Mesoproterozoic Chapada Diamantina intrusive rocks--Bahia/Brazil.

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    Battilani, Gislaine A; Gomes, Newton S; Guerra, Wilson J

    2007-06-01

    The origin of diamonds from Serra do Espinhaço in Diamantina region (State of Minas Gerais) and in Chapada Diamantina, Lençóis region (State of Bahia) remains uncertain, even taking into account the ample research carried out during the last decades. The lack of typical satellite minerals in both districts makes a kimberlitic source for these diamonds uncertain. In mid 18th century the occurrence of a metamorphosed igneous rock composed of martite, sericite and tourmaline was described in Diamantina region and named hematitic phyllite, considered by some researchers as a possible diamond source. Similar rocks were found in Lençóis and examined petrographically and their heavy mineral concentration was investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Petrographic analyses indicated an igneous origin for these rocks and SEM analyses showed the discovery of microdiamonds. Geochronological studies using the Ar/Ar technique in muscovites yielded minimum ages of 1515+/-3 Ma, which may correlate with 1710+/-12 Ma from U-Pb method in igneous zircons from the hematitic phyllites. Both rock types also have the same mineral and chemical composition which leads to the conclusion that the intrusive rocks were protolith of the hematitic phyllites. This first discovery of microdiamonds in intrusive rocks opens the possibility of new investigation models for diamond mineralization in Brazilian Proterozoic terrains. PMID:17625685

  14. The occurrence of microdiamonds in Mesoproterozoic Chapada Diamantina intrusive rocks--Bahia/Brazil.

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    Battilani, Gislaine A; Gomes, Newton S; Guerra, Wilson J

    2007-06-01

    The origin of diamonds from Serra do Espinhaço in Diamantina region (State of Minas Gerais) and in Chapada Diamantina, Lençóis region (State of Bahia) remains uncertain, even taking into account the ample research carried out during the last decades. The lack of typical satellite minerals in both districts makes a kimberlitic source for these diamonds uncertain. In mid 18th century the occurrence of a metamorphosed igneous rock composed of martite, sericite and tourmaline was described in Diamantina region and named hematitic phyllite, considered by some researchers as a possible diamond source. Similar rocks were found in Lençóis and examined petrographically and their heavy mineral concentration was investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Petrographic analyses indicated an igneous origin for these rocks and SEM analyses showed the discovery of microdiamonds. Geochronological studies using the Ar/Ar technique in muscovites yielded minimum ages of 1515+/-3 Ma, which may correlate with 1710+/-12 Ma from U-Pb method in igneous zircons from the hematitic phyllites. Both rock types also have the same mineral and chemical composition which leads to the conclusion that the intrusive rocks were protolith of the hematitic phyllites. This first discovery of microdiamonds in intrusive rocks opens the possibility of new investigation models for diamond mineralization in Brazilian Proterozoic terrains.

  15. Nyerereite from carbonatite rocks at Vulture volcano: implications for mantle metasomatism and petrogenesis of alkali carbonate melts Research Article

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    Stoppa, Francesco; Jones, Adrian; Sharygin, Victor

    2009-06-01

    Vulture volcano displays a wide range of mafic to alkaline, carbonate-, and/or CaO-rich volcanic rocks, with subvolcanic and plutonic rocks together with mantle xenoliths in pyroclastic ejecta. The roles of magmatic volatiles such as CO2, S, and Cl have been determined from compositions and trapping temperatures of inclusions in phenocrysts, which include the Na-K-Ca-carbonate nyerereite within melilite. We surmise that this alkali carbonate crystallised from an appropriate carbonatitic melt at relatively high temperature. Carbonatitic metasomatic features are traceable throughout many of the mantle xenoliths, and various carbonatitic components are found in the late stage extrusive suite. There is no evidence that alkali carbonatite developed as a separate magma, but it may have been an important evolutionary stage. We compare the rare occurrence of nyerereite at Vulture with other carbonatites and with an unaltered kimberlite from the Udachnaya pipe. We review the evidence at Vulture for associated carbonatitic metasomatism in the mantle, and we suggest that low viscosity alkali carbonatitic melts may have a primary and much deeper origin than previously considered.

  16. An ancient depleted mantle sample from a 42-Ma dike in Montana: Constraints on persistence of the lithosphere during Eocene Magmatism

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    Dudas, F.O.; Harlan, S.S.

    1999-01-01

    Recent models for the Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the western margin of North America propose that delamination of ancient lithosphere accompanied asthenospheric upwelling, magmatism, and uplift subsequent to Laramide deformation. On the basis of the age of an alkaline dike in south-central Montana, thermometry of mantle xenoliths from the dike, and Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions of the dike and a xenocryst, we show that refractory lithosphere, derived from ancient, depleted mantle, remained in place under the Wyoming Craton as late as 42 Ma. The Haymond School Dike, a camptonite, yields a 40Ar/39Ar plateau date of 41.97 ?? 0.19 Ma (2??). Paleomagnetic data are consistent with this date and indicate intrusion during chron C19r. The dike has Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions similar to those of other Eocene alkaline rocks from central Montana. A clinopyroxene megacryst from the dike has ??42 = 17, and 87Sr/86Sr = 0.70288, indicating that it derives from ancient, depleted mantle isotopically distinct from the source of the host camptonite. Thermometry of xenoliths from the dike shows pyroxene populations that formed at 880?? and 1200??C. Combining thermometry with previous estimates of the regional Eocene geotherm inferred from xenoliths in kimberlites, and with the Al-in-orthopyroxene barometer, we infer that lithospheric mantle remained intact to depths of 110-150 km as late as 42 Ma. Eocene magmatism was not accompanied by complete removal of ancient lithosphere.

  17. Argon isotopic zoning in mantle phlogopite

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    Phillips, D.; Onstott, T.C.

    1988-06-01

    Incremental-heating and laser-probe /sup 40/Ar//sup 39/Ar analyses were performed on phlogopite extracted from a garnet-lherzolite mantle nodule entrained by the Precambrian (1200 Ma) Premier kimberlite, South Africa. The spatial resolution of the laser probe has enabled the characterization of argon isotopic zoning in a single phlogopite grain. An apparent age contour map records lower ages (1.2 Ga) along grain margins and high apparent ages (up to 2.4 Ga) at the core. The latter ages are caused by excess argon contamination and subsequent partial diffusive loss, and have no age significance. Comparison with step-heating results indicates that argon spatial distributions inferred from in-vacuo step-heating experiments are, at best, grossly approximate. Variations in the laser-probe apparent ages were observed only laterally across the phlogopite cleavage surface, indicating that argon transport occurs preferentially along phlogopite cleavage planes. Age profiles, when modeled using one-dimensional radial geometry (cylindrical coordinates), do not conform to classical Fick's law diffusion, suggesting that the characteristic dimension of diffusion for argon in phlogopite may be highly variable within individual grains.

  18. A global geochemical model for the evolution of the mantle

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    Anderson, D. L.

    1979-01-01

    It is proposed that the upper mantle transition region, 220 to 670 km, is composed of eclogite which has been derived from primitive mantle by about 20 percent partial melting and that this is the source and sink of oceanic crust. The remainder of the upper mantle is garnet peridotite which is the source of continental basalts and hotspot magmas. This region is enriched in incompatible elements by hydrous and CO2 rich metasomatic fluids which have depleted the underlying layers in the L.I.L. elements and L.R.E.E. The volatiles make this a low-velocity, high attenuation, low viscosity region. The eclogite layer is internally heated and its controls the convection pattern in the upper mantle. Plate tectonics is intermittent. The continental thermal anomaly at a depth of 150-220 km triggers kimberlite and carbonatite activity, alkali and flood basalt volcanism, vertical tectonics and continental breakup. Hot spots remain active after the continents leave and build the oceanic islands. Mantle plumes rise from a depth of about 220 km. Midocean ridge basalts rise from the depleted layer below this depth. Material from this layer can also be displaced upwards by subducted oceanic lithosphere to form back-arc basins.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Towards the development of a work index for the Roller Press

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    Klymowsky, I.B.; Liu, J.

    1997-11-01

    This paper details the development of a functional work index that characterises the relationship between the energy that is imparted by a Roller Press into materials, against the resultant size reduction achieved. Such a Roller Press work index is necessary for this new grinding technology to differentiate it from Bond`s grinding work index, and to clear up confusion that arises with such comparison to Bond. The energy usage in a Roller Press does not follow Bond`s {open_quotes}Third Theory of Comminution{close_quotes} but rather Rittinger`s theory of new surface creation. The relationships for such a work index have been developed from the viewpoint of an equipment manufacturer with the hope that they will be of assistance to the minerals industry in the design of grinding circuits incorporating Roller Press comminution. The work index contains modification factors that reflects the effect of oversize, fines, moisture, closed-circuit operation and roll surface characteristics on the energy verses size reduction relationship. It has evolved from the results obtained from testing of a wide range of ore and mineral types that include bauxite, coal, kimberlite, limestone, iron and chrome ores, base metal and gold ores. The results show that even for such a diverse range of materials, they all demonstrate similarities of behaviour when comminuted in a Roller Press.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Volatile solubities in magmas - Transport of volatiles from mantles to planet surfaces

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    Holloway, J. R.; Jakobsson, S.

    1986-01-01

    The solubility of CO2, CO, CH4, H2, and H2O in melts of NaAlSi3O8 composition was measured at the mantle conditions of pressure (10-20 Kb) and temperature (1200 C). The melt volatiles were found to have dramatically lower H2/H2O and higher CO/CO2 ratios than the fluid, due to large variations in relative solubilities of volatile species in the melt. Partial melting of source regions of either high or low oxygen fugacity (fO2) will result in magmas with intermediate fO2. This means that volcanic gases can be either more, or less reducing than their source regions and that a volcanic gas composition cannot be used to directly estimate either the fO2 or the volatile composition of the source region. The results suggest that volcanic gases will usually lie in the 'neutral' range, with the fO2 values near those of the quartz-fayalite-magnetite buffer. These gases are predominately H2O with minor CO2, CO, CH4, and H2. These conclusions should apply to earth, Mars, and Venus mantles, in which the magmas produced by partial melting have moderate silica contents, but will probably not apply to very low silica magmas, such as kimberlites, because of the very high solubility of CO2 in those magmas.

  11. 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.

  12. Rare earth elements in synthetic zircon. 1. synthesis, and rare earth element and phosphorus doping.

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    Hanchar, J. M.; Finch, R. J.; Hoskin, W. O.; Watson, E. B.; Cherniak, D. J.; Mariano, A. N.; Chemical Engineering; George Washington Univ.; Univ. of Canterbury; Australian National Univ.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

    2001-05-01

    Sedimentary mineral assemblages commonly contain detrital zircon crystals as part of the heavy-mineral fraction. Age spectra determined by U-Pb isotopic analysis of single zircon crystals within a sample may directly image the age composition--but not the chemical composition--of the source region. Rare earth element (REE) abundances have been measured for zircons from a range of common crustal igneous rock types from different tectonic environments, as well as kimberlite, carbonatite, and high-grade metamorphic rocks, to assess the potential of using zircon REE characteristics to infer the rock types present in sediment source regions. Except for zircon with probable mantle affinities, zircon REE abundances and normalized patterns show little intersample and intrasample variation. To evaluate the actual variation in detrital zircon REE composition in a true sediment of known mixed provenance, zircons from a sandstone sample from the Statfjord Formation (North Sea) were analyzed. Despite a provenance including high-grade metasediment and granitoids and a range in zircon age of 2.82 b.y., the zircon REEs exhibit a narrow abundance range with no systematic differences in pattern shape. These evidences show zircon REE patterns and abundances are generally not useful as indicators of provenance.

  13. [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.

  14. Unusual inclusions found in a national diamond

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    Leung, I.S.

    1985-01-01

    Three pale yellow minerals, 100-200 microns in their longest dimension, were extracted from a diamond 2.5 mm in size and examined in an SEM equipped with an X-ray energy-dispersive spectrometer. These inclusions were found to be two grains of garnet and a coesite, all of which contain a microscopic grain of Ti-rich biotite, a small amount of sanidine and a number of other minerals. (1) Garnet-biotite-apatite-rutile-sanidine-(Fe,Ca) melt. Attached to one end of this garnet inclusion is a crystal of biotite (50 x 30 ..mu..m) in which an apatite and a rutile are embedded. A thin lamella of sanidine occurs in the biotite near the garnet boundary. (2) Garnet-biotite-apatite-sanidine-rutile-pyrrhotite-(Fe,Ca,K) phase (unidentified). This garnet inclusion partially encased a biotite crystal while all other phases occur as minute prismatic needles or irregular and globular masses on the inclusion surface. (3) Coesite-biotite-sanidine-calcite. They are considered primary phases because the diamond host contains neither internal nor external fractures. Garnet, coesite, biotite and apatite are syngenetic inclusions in this diamond based on their relatively large sizes and their intergrown relationships. All other phases may also be primary or derived from biotite which, in the presence of sulfur, may produce phlogopite + sanidine + pyrrhotite + rutile. The droplets of melt and thin lamella of sanidine in inclusion (1) seem to be products of incongruent melting of biotite during the emplacement of kimberlite.

  15. Origin of a sanidine-coesite grospydite

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    Wohletz, K.H.; Smyth, J.R.

    1982-01-01

    A grospydite xenolith from the Roberts Victor kimberlite pipe in South Africa presents an unusual phase assemblage of clinopyroxene, garnet, kyanite, coesite, and sanidine. The rock as previously described (Smyth and Hatton, 1977) consists of 50% omphocitic clinopyroxene, 28% garnet (Gr/sub 50/Py/sub 28/Alm/sub 22/), 9% kyanite, 65 coesite, and 1% sanidine (Or/sub 99/). Assuming the addition of three additional compatible phases (phlogopite, enstatite, and H/sub 2/O vapor) and a simplified chemistry of the phases present, a Schreinemakers thermodynamic analysis was attempted in order to estimate the pressure and temperature of equilibrium of the rock. Four reactions involving six components are likely to have determined an invariant point for the assemblage: (1) Kyn + 2 Cpx reversible Cos + Gt + En; (2) 3 Cos + Phl reversible San + 3 En + H/sub 2/O; (3) 3 Kyn + 6 Cpx + Phl reversible San + 3 Gt + 6 En + H/sub 2/O; and (4) 6 Cos + 3 gt + Phl reversible San + 3 Kyn + 6 Cpx + H/sub 2/O. Using tabulated as well as estimated thermodynamic data for the phases, the calculated values for equilibrium temperatures and pressures for the reactions yield an invariant point for the assemblage at a depth of about 160 km (40 kbars) and a temperature of about 1060/sup 0/C. This point likely represents a subsolidus recrystallization stage of origin.

  16. Nondestructive testing of 3D disperse systems with micro- and nano-particles: N-dimensional space of optical parameters

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    Bezrukova, Alexandra G.

    2006-04-01

    The simultaneous analysis of 3D disperse systems (DS) with micro- and nano- particles by refractometry, absorbency, fluorescence and by different types of light scattering, can help to elaborate the sensing elements for specffic impurity control. Our research has investigated by complex of optical methods different 3D DS such as: proteins, nucleoproteids, lipoproteids, liposomes, viruses, virosomes, lipid emulsions, blood substitutes, latexes, liquid crystals, biological cells with various form and size (including bacterial cells), metallic powders, clays, kimberlites, zeolites, oils, crude oils, samples of natural and water-supply waters, etc. This experience suggests that each 3D DS can be charactensed by N-dimensional vector in N-dimensional space of optical parameters. Due to the fusion of various optical data it is possible to solve the inverse physical problem on the presence of impurity in mixtures of 3D DS by information statistical theory methods. It is important that in this case polymodality of particle size distribution is not an obstacle.

  17. The Corossol structure: A possible impact crater on the seafloor of the northwestern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Eastern Canada

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    Lajeunesse, Patrick; St-Onge, Guillaume; Locat, Jacques; Duchesne, Mathieu J.; Higgins, Michael D.; Sanfaçon, Richard; Ortiz, Joseph

    2013-12-01

    We report on a 4.1 (±0.2) km diameter and 185 m deep circular submarine structure exposed on the seabed in >40 m water depths in the northwestern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Eastern Canada) from the analysis of high-resolution multibeam bathymetric and seismic data. The presence of a circular form characterized by a central uplift and concentric rings resembles the morphology and geometry of complex meteorite impact structures. Also, other origins, such as kimberlites, intrusions, karsts, or diapirs, can be eliminated on geological criteria. A single 4 cm long breccia fragment recovered from the central uplift has numerous glassy droplets of fluorapatite composition, assumed to be impact melts, and a single quartz grain with planar intersection features thought to be shock-induced planar deformation features (PDFs). The absolute age of this possible impact structure is unknown, but its geological setting indicates that it was formed long after the Mid-Ordovician and before regional pre-Quaternary sea-level lowstands. Present results outline the need for further examination to confirm an impact origin and to precisely date the formation of the structure.

  18. Geotectonic setting and metallogeny of the northern São Francisco craton, Bahia, Brazil

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    Teixeira, João Batista Guimarães; da Silva, Maria da Glória; Misi, Aroldo; Cruz, Simone Cerqueira Pereira; da Silva Sá, José Haroldo

    2010-11-01

    This paper aims at establishing a tectonic and temporal framework to characterize the metallogenic processes that contributed to the origin of the mineral provinces in the northern São Francisco Craton. Many Archean mineralizations (eg. massive sulfide zinc, lead, zinc and copper, besides magnesite-talc, iron-titanium-vanadium, iron, chromite and manganese) were generated before the assembly of the Craton. Deposits of chromite, nickel, gold and emerald were produced during the Paleoproterozoic orogenic cycle, when the Craton was amalgamated into the Atlantica paleocontinent. An extension event is recorded in the Neoproterozoic, during the breakup of Rodinia, associated with deposits of phosphorite and uranium. Kimberlite diamond and gold mineralization were generated during the Brasiliano orogenic cycle, coeval with the amalgamation of West Gondwana. A long-lasting and rather uniform crustal stress is recorded in the area during the Cambrian period. Resetting of the isotopic and magnetic systems that affected the Neoproterozoic sediments of the Irecê Basin at about 520 Ma was attributed to the regional-scale fluid migration and mineralization in the aftermath of the Brasiliano orogenic cycle.

  19. 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.

  20. An oxygen barometer for rutile-ilmenite assemblages: oxidation state of metasomatic agents in the mantle

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    Zhao, Donggao; Essene, Eric J.; Zhang, Youxue

    1999-03-01

    Oxygen fugacity has been calculated for rutile-ilmenite assemblages from the reaction 2Fe 2O 3 (in ilmenite) + 4TiO 2 (rutile) = 4FeTiO 3 (in ilmenite) + O 2. The equation log fO 2=22.59-25925/ T-3.09log T+0.0016535 P+48.836 P/ T-4log aIlmFeTiO 3+2log aIlmFe 2O 3+4log aRutTiO 2, where T is in kelvin and P is in kbar, was derived from available thermodynamic data. The hypothetical end-member rutile-ilmenite reaction is located between the magnetite-hematite and Ni-NiO (NNO) buffers. The rutile-ilmenite oxygen barometer has been applied to ilmenite-bearing assemblages in mantle xenoliths from kimberlites, including the metasomatic MARID (mica-amphibole-rutile-ilmenite-diopside) suite and a MORID (mica-orthopyroxene-rutile-ilmenite-diopside) vein, along with rutile-ilmenite assemblages in eclogites and in Granny Smith diopside megacrysts. The oxygen fugacities of MARID and MORID lie around the NNO buffer and are comparable to those in metasomatized spinel lherzolites. Most MARID and MORID assemblages yield a more oxidizing fO 2 than the EMOD (enstatite-magnesite-olivine-diamond) buffer, such that MARID and MORID fluid or melt would tend to destroy diamond or graphite by oxidation.

  1. Seismic evidence for silicate melt atop the 410-km mantle discontinuity

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    Revenaugh, Justin; Sipkin, S.A.

    1994-01-01

    LABORATORY results demonstrating that basic to ultrabasic melts become denser than olivine-rich mantle at pressures above 6 GPa (refs 1-3) have important implications for basalt petrogenesis, mantle differentiation and the storage of volatiles deep in the Earth. A density cross-over between melt and solid in the extensively molten Archaean mantle has been inferred from komatiitic volcanism and major-element mass balances, but present-day evidence of dense melt below the seismic low-velocity zone is lacking. Here we present mantle shear-wave impedance profiles obtained from multiple-ScS reverberation mapping for corridors connecting western Pacific subduction zone earthquakes with digital seismograph stations in eastern China, imaging a ~5.8% impedance decrease roughly 330 km beneath the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and easternmost Asia. We propose that this represents the upper surface of a layer of negatively buoyant melt lying on top of the olivine ??? ??- phase transition (the 410-km seismic discontinuity). Volatile-rich fluids expelled from the partial melt zone as it freezes may migrate upwards, acting as metasomatic agents and perhaps as the deep 'proto-source' of kimberlites. The remaining, dense, crystalline fraction would then concentrate above 410 km, producing a garnet-rich layer that may flush into the transition zone.

  2. Curie surface of the alkaline provinces of Goiás (GAP) and Alto Paranaíba (APAP), central Brazil

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    Moraes Rocha, Loiane Gomes de; Pires, Augusto César Bittencourt; Carmelo, Adriana Chatack; Oksum, Erdinc

    2015-05-01

    The study area includes the most important carbonatite and kimberlite complexes in Brazil, located in the Brazilian states of Goiás and Minas Gerais. The central portion of this area involves the Azimuth 125° lineament (Az 125°) that consists of an extensive set of faults (oriented in the NW-SE direction) that served as a conduit for magma ascent. This lineament is the main structural feature associated with these complexes. The Goiás (GAP) and Alto Paranaíba (APAP) Alkaline Provinces occur along the Az 125° and include highly economically valuable mineralizations. In this study, we aim to map the depth to the curie isotherm (or Curie Point Depths: CPD) of the study area (mainly the Gap and APAP regions) based on spectral analysis of aeromagnetic data. The CPD estimations were achieved from a spectral approach known as the centroid method, providing the relationship between the spectra of magnetic anomalies and the depths of the magnetic source of a 2-D magnetic data. The CPD estimates from approximately 500 overlapping blocks vary from 7 km to 40 km deep. The shallower depths are related to the GAP and APAP regions, and the deeper ones are related to the São Franciscana Plate. The Curie depths related to the Az 125° are between 30 km and 15.7 km deep. According to the results, the GAP and APAP intrusive bodies have shallower roots the major faults of the Az 125°.

  3. 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.

  4. [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

  5. Nickeliferous sulfides in xenoliths, olivine megacrysts and basaltic glass

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    Fleet, Michael E.; Stone, William E.

    1990-11-01

    The composition of olivine and nickeliferous sulfide inclusions from a selection of mafic and ultramafre rocks, xenoliths and megacrysts, including picritic basalts from Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, kimberlite from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and megacrysts from Mount Shasta, California are compared with the mean experimental value of the distribution coefficient for Ni/Fe exchange (KD3=32). Only nine of the forty five olivipe/bulk-sulfide pairs investigated have compositions consistent with equilibration at high temperature, yielding calculated KD3 values in the range 22 to 41. The remaining pairs have calculated KD3 values which range from 0 to 19. Bulk-sulfides in disequilibrated assem-blages are consistently depleted in nickel and within both indivudual associations and individual petrographic sections they exhibit a wide variation in NiS content. The bulk copper contents of olivine-and groundmass-hosted sulfides from Kilauea Volcano range from 0.5 to 43 at%, and samples from the Kilauea Iki lava lake are more Fe-and Cu-rich and generally have lower KD3 values than those from the eruption itself. As with magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide deposits, most nickeliferous sulfide inclusions in mantle-related rocks and xenoliths and in volcanic rocks do not have pristine early-magmatic bulk compositions, and it would seem to be premature to attribute these sulfides solely to either a mantle or an early-magnatic origin.

  6. MARID-type Glimmerites from Kimberley, South Africa: Metasomes or high-pressure cumulates?

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    Förster, Michael W.; Prelevic, Dejan; Buhre, Stephan; Jacob, Dorrit E.

    2015-04-01

    Mica- amphibole- rutile- ilmenite- diopside (MARID) xenoliths are alkali-rich, coarse-grained ultramafic rocks, typical for heavily metasomatized subcontinental lithospheric mantle (Dawson & Smith, 1977). They are produced either by interaction of mantle wall rock with lamproitic melts that percolate through the mantle (Dawson and Smith 1977; Sweeney 1993), or as direct crystallization products of those melts (Waters 1987). Two rock samples of mica-rich (>90% phlogopite) xenoliths from the Boshof Road Dump of the Bultfontein kimberlite diamond mine in Kimberley, South Africa were analyzed for major and trace elements of minerals. Millimeter sized phlogopite is the dominant mineral, making up more than 90% of the rock. Other phases are in descending order: diopside, K-richterite, rutile and ilmenite. Phlogopite is homogenous in composition and appears without zonation. They are perpotassic with K/Al between 1.1 and 1.2 at an Mg#-value of 84.5-86.5. Clinopyroxene is low in Al2O3 with values <0.8%, but high in SiO2 with values around 55% and CaO values of 21% for both samples. Clinopyroxene show a slight zonation with Cr2O3 values rising towards the rim from 0.4 to 0.8%. All clinopyroxenes lie within the field of diopsides. REE to pyrolite normed pattern for diopsides show enrichment in LREE compared to HREE and a pronounced low in Ti. The examined specimens are classified as Glimmerite-type xenoliths as they comprise >90% phlogopite. Perpotassic phlogopites with K/Al >1 values are typical for MARID-type xenoliths by comprising low Mg# of 82-88 (Dawson 1987). We performed thermobarometric calculations on the clinopyroxenes, by using the equations of Putirka (2008). With a proposed lamproitic melt, like Waters (1987) suggested for a MARID parental magma, a pressure of 13 kbar (39 km) and a temperature of 1300 C was calculated. This depth coincides with the crustal thickness of the Kaapvaal craton (Nguuri et al. 2001). However, the pressure calculations depend on the

  7. Mathiasite-loveringite and priderite in mantle xenoliths from the Alto Paranaíba Igneous Province, Brazil: genesis and constraints on mantle metasomatism

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    Almeida, Vidyã; Janasi, Valdecir; Svisero, Darcy; Nannini, Felix

    2014-12-01

    Alkali-bearing Ti oxides were identified in mantle xenoliths enclosed in kimberlite-like rocks from Limeira 1 alkaline intrusion from the Alto Paranaíba Igneous Province, southeastern Brazil. The metasomatic mineral assemblages include mathiasite-loveringite and priderite associated with clinopyroxene, phlogopite, ilmenite and rutile. Mathiasite-loveringite (55-60 wt.% TiO2; 5.2-6.7 wt.% ZrO2) occurs in peridotite xenoliths rimming chromite (˜50 wt.% Cr2O3) and subordinate ilmenite (12-13.4 wt.% MgO) in double reaction rim coronas. Priderite (Ba/(K+Ba)< 0.05) occurs in phlogopite-rich xenoliths as lamellae within Mg-ilmenite (8.4-9.8 wt.% MgO) or as intergrowths in rutile crystals that may be included in sagenitic phlogopite. Mathiasite-loveringite was formed by reaction of peridotite primary minerals with alkaline melts. The priderite was formed by reaction of peridotite minerals with ultrapotassic melts. Disequilibrium textures and chemical zoning of associated minerals suggest that the metasomatic reactions responsible for the formation of the alkali-bearing Ti oxides took place shortly prior the entrainment of the xenoliths in the host magma, and is not connected to old (Proterozoic) mantle enrichment events.

  8. Mantle Samples Included in Volcanic Rocks: Xenoliths and Diamonds

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    Pearson, D. G.; Canil, D.; Shirey, S. B.

    2003-12-01

    Occurrence and ClassificationFragments of the Earth's mantle are frequently transported to the surface via volcanic rocks that are dominantly alkaline in nature. These fragments range up to sizes in excess of 1 m across. The term "mantle xenoliths" or "mantle nodules" is applied to all rock and mineral inclusions of presumed mantle derivation that are found within host rocks of volcanic origin. The purpose of this contribution is to review the geochemistry of mantle xenoliths. For detailed petrological descriptions of individual locations and suites, together with their geological setting, the reader is referred to the major reference work by Nixon (1987).Despite peridotite xenoliths in basalts being recognized for several centuries and comparisons being made to lherzolite massifs (Lacroix, 1893), it was not until work on garnet peridotites and diamonds in kimberlites by Fermor (1913) and Wagner (1914) that such xenoliths were conceptually associated with a peridotite zone in the Earth beneath the crust, i.e., the zone that we now identify as the mantle. Mantle xenoliths provide snapshots of the lithospheric mantle beneath particular regions at the time of their eruption and hence are crucial direct evidence of the nature of the mantle beneath regions where no samples have been exposed by tectonic activity. As such, xenoliths are an essential compliment to tectonically exposed bodies of mantle (orogenic peridotites and ophiolites) that occur at plate boundaries (see Chapter 2.04). One obvious contrast between the mantle samples provided by xenoliths and those provided by peridotite massifs is the lack of field relationships available for xenoliths. Other drawbacks include the small size of many xenoliths. This makes accurate estimation of bulk compositions difficult and accentuates modal heterogeneities. The frequent infiltration of the host magma also complicates their chemical signature. Despite these drawbacks, xenoliths are of immense value, being the only

  9. Mantle xenocrysts of Chompolo field of the alkaline volcanics, Aldan shield, South Yakutia.

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    Nikolenko, Evgeny; Tychkov, Nikolay; Afanasiev, Valentin

    2015-04-01

    New mineralogical and chemical constraints for 10 dikes, veins (360-800m) and pipes (60-110 m) of Chompolo field discovered in 1957-1958 are discussed. Feld is located within Central Aldan Archean and Paleoproterozoic granulite-orthogneiss superterrane of Aldan-Stanovoy Shield, with peak of metamorphism - 2.1-1.9 Ga (Smelov, Timofeev, 2007). Originally (Shilina and Zeitlin 1959) and later (Kostrovitsky and Garanin 1992, Ashchepkov, Vladykin et al. 2001) these rocks were classified as kimberlites by mineralogy including pyrope, Cr spinel, and Cr diopside. Panina and Vladykin (1994), Davies et al, (2006) identified them as lamprophyres and lamproites. The age of Chompolo rocks is pre-Jurassic (Vladimirov et. al., 1989) dated by 40Ar/39Ar as 164.7±1 Ma (233.7±2.2 next plato)(unpublished Ashchepkov). The Rb-Sr isochron for lamprophyre "intrusions 104" indicate later age of 131±4 Ma (Zaitsev, Smelov, 2010). Magmatic bodies (Aldanskaya, Sputnik, Gornaya, Ogonek, Perevalnaya, Kilier-E) were studied during 2012-2013 fieldworks. Most of igneous rocks occur as inequigranular volcanic breccias with micro- or crypto-crystalline groundmass of K feldspar (up to 16.3 wt.% K2O, up to 3.2 wt.% FeO), chlorite, opaque minerals, melanocratic xenocrysts and phenocrysts (garnet, pyroxene, amphibole, Cr spinel, apatite, zircon, mica), and abundant xenogenic fragments of wallrock and crystalline basement. Garnet chemistry records the presence of mantle and crustal material. Mantle garnets lack the common megacryst, wehrlite, and high-temperature lherzolite varieties. Mantle mineralization prevails in the Aldan dike and the Sputnik, Gornaya, and Ogonek pipes, while crustal and elcogitic material is in the Perevalnaya and Kilier-E pipes. The Cr spinel consists of (in wt%) 3.5 to 50.9 Al2O3, 18.6-63.5 wt% Cr2O3, 6.1 to 19.1 MgO, and 0 to 1.61 TiO2. Al and Cr in spinels are in inverse proportion. The Chompolo alkaline volcanic rocks are most similar to the Central Aldan lamproites in trace

  10. Plume impingement on the Siberian SCLM: Evidence from Re-Os isotope systematics

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    Pernet-Fisher, J. F.; Howarth, G. H.; Pearson, D. G.; Woodland, S.; Barry, P. H.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Pokhilenko, L. N.; Agashev, A. M.; Taylor, L. A.

    2015-03-01

    We report Re-Os and platinum group element (PGE) systematics for a suite of 16 mantle peridotites from the Udachnaya (360 Ma) and Obnazhennaya (160 Ma) kimberlite pipes, Siberia. Xenoliths from these pipes bracket the thermal climax of the Siberian plume, which is represented by the emplacement of the ~ 250 Ma Siberian Flood Basalts (SFBs). Thus, these xenoliths represent snapshots of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) before and after plume modification. Pre-plume Udachnaya peridotite xenoliths generally display unradiogenic Os-isotopes with respect to CI-chondrite (expressed by γOs, the percentage difference between the Os-isotope composition of a sample and the average chondrite composition; 187Os/188Os - 0.127), coupled with low [Pd/Ir]N, for both whole-rock and olivine mineral-fraction analyses. Such signatures are typical of an ancient depleted cratonic mantle that underwent melt extraction. The preservation of unradiogenic Os-isotope compositions (γOs - 5 to - 14), coupled with low (< 0.4) 187Re/188Os ratios, provides robust melt extraction age estimates, ranging from ~ 3 Ga to ~ 1.2 Ga. This indicates that craton stabilization/growth events not only occurred during the Archean, but also extended into the Proterozoic. A number (4) of post-plume Obnazhennaya peridotites display 187Os/188Os ratios (> 0.1292), which overlap the convecting mantle range. At first glance, these observations are in agreement with garnet chemistry data, which indicate that high-degrees of silicate-melt percolated through the lithosphere during the emplacement of the SFB. However, Obnazhennaya olivine mineral-separates display 'depleted' systematics (> Fo 92 and low [Pd/Ir]N), consistent with 'pristine' melt residues. We suggest that these Obnazhennaya xenoliths represent 'newly formed' residues associated with partial melts extracted from the impinging Siberian plume on the SCLM. During plume impingement, thermo-chemical erosion of the lithosphere is thought to be an

  11. Inclusion/lamella mineralogy and chemical characteristics of garnets from the Garnet Ridge in the Colorado Plateau, northern Arizona

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    Sato, Y.; Ogasawara, Y.

    2013-12-01

    A wide variety of garnets as xenocrysts and those in xenoliths, come from kimberlitic diatreme (Smith et al. 2004), occurs at the Garnet Ridge. Koga and Ogasawara (2012) classified these garnets into 9 groups: (a) Cr and pyrope-rich garnet, (b) pyrope-rich reddish brown garnet, (c) reddish brown garnet, (d) garnet in eclogite, (e) garnet in metasomatized eclogite, (f) garnet aggregate, (g) garnet megacryst, (h) garnet in metasomatic rock I, (i) garnet in metasomatic rock II. They divided genetically these groups into four: mantle peridotite (a, b), subducted oceanic crust (d, e), high-pressure metasomatism (c, f, g), low-pressure metasomatism (h, i).In this study, the following 4 groups (a, b, f, g) were chose for inclusion mineralogy by laser Raman spectroscopy. Groups (a) and (b): pyrope-rich garnets (a: 45-82, b: 61-80 Prp mol%) both Cr-rich and Cr-poor (a: 1.0-5.9, b: 0.0-1.0 wt.% Cr2O3) are Ca-poor (1.5-7.0 wt.% CaO) and single-crystals of 5-15 mm in diameter. Group (a) is identical to chrome-pyrope based on the classification of kimberlitic garnets by Dawson and Stephens (1975). CaO-Cr2O3 ratio of (a, b) indicates lherzorite origin (Turkin and Sobolev 2009). Wang et al. (1999) have reported the detailed inclusion and lamella mineralogy of pyrope-rich garnets from the Garnet Ridge. We identified inclusions of Chl (OH: 3450, 3582, 3679 cm-1), Amp (OH: 3685, 3711 cm-1), Ol, Opx, Cpx, Rt (OH: 3295 cm-1), Mgs, Dol, Cal, sulfides, fluid (OH: 3445 cm-1) and spherical composite inclusions of Amp, Ap, Dol, Mgs, Rt and sulfides, and oriented lamellae (presumable exsolution) of Qz, Ol, Opx, Cpx, Amp, Chl, Rt, Ilm, crichtonite (6-7 Peaks at 120-820 cm-1), carmichaelite (710-782 cm-1, OH: 3340 cm-1), Ap (OH: 3570 cm-1) and Ti-Chn (OH: 3404, 3527, 3564 cm-1) adjacent to the oriented Ol. The mineral assemblages of the inclusion and lamella show a correlation with the host garnet compositions; inclusions: (a, b) Ol + Opx + Cpx × composite, (b, low Mg) Opx + Cpx + Amp

  12. Ti-in-Zircon Thermometer: Preliminary Results

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    Fu, B.; Cavosie, A. J.; Clechenko, C. C.; Fournelle, J.; Kita, N. T.; Lackey, J.; Page, F.; Wilde, S. A.; Valley, J. W.

    2005-12-01

    The titanium in zircon thermometer has been applied to 167 zircons from diverse rock types. These rocks include metamorphosed anorthosite and gabbro (1.15 Ga, intrusion age), and unmetamorphosed granitic pegmatite (0.9 Ga) from the Adirondack Highlands; metaluminous and peraluminous granites (114-90 Ma) of the Sierra Nevada Batholith; megacrysts from kimberlite pipes in southern Africa, Brazil, and Siberia; and detrital zircons (4.4-3.9 Ga) of metaconglomerate from Jack Hills, Western Australia. Titanium concentration in zircon was analysed using a CAMECA IMS-1280 ion microprobe (see Page et al., this volume). Spot analyses were correlated to U-Pb SHRIMP pits especially for Adirondack and Jack Hills zircons. The majority of zircons have Ti-content less than 10 ppm. Variability, in excess of analytical precision, within individual zircons is observed in about one-third of crystals. In general, there is no systematic change in Ti from core to rim (identified by cathodoluminescence) of zircons, or with regard to age, U content, Th/U ratio, or U-Pb age concordance for these non-metamict grains. The average temperatures for zircon crystallization in different rock suites using the experimental/empirical calibration of Watson and Harrison (W&H, 2005, Science 308:841), assuming the presence of rutile and quartz, are estimated to be: anorthosite 735±41°C (1SD, n=24; Ti = 10±5 ppm); metagabbro 714±31°C (n=19; Ti = 8±4 ppm); Adirondack pegmatite 500±16°C (n=5; Ti = 0.3±0.1 ppm); metaluminous and peraluminous granites from Sierra Nevada 681±67°C (n=53; Ti = 6±5 ppm) and 613±75°C (n=68; Ti = 3±3 ppm); kimberlite megacrysts 740±64°C (n=169; Ti = 14±13 ppm) (Page et al., this volume); and detrital zircons from Jack Hills metaconglomerate 718±63°C (n=64; Ti = 10±9 ppm). Most of the host rocks contain ilmenite or titanite suggesting that α(TiO2)>0.5, but rutile activity is unknown for megacrysts and detrital zircons. Pegmatite contains no Ti-rich minerals

  13. Rock-forming moissanite (natural alpha-silicon carbide)

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    di Pierro, S.; Gnos, E.; Grobety, B.; Armbruster, T.; Früeh-Green, G. L.; Ulmer, P.

    2003-04-01

    Since the first discovery of moissanite (SiC) in 1904 from the Canyon Diablo meteorite the occurrence of SiC in terrestrial rocks has been debated. Most scientists considered the source of SiC as contamination from sample preparation abrasives. However, moissanite has been recently reported as inclusion in natural diamonds, discovery which definitely ruled out contamination and showed that moissanite is a natural mineral on Earth. Moissanite remains however a very rare mineral occurring in traces in kimberlites. This study reports the first occurrence of a terrestrial rock, where moissanite is a rock-forming constituent accounting for 8.4 vol%. The studied material has been discovered as a beach pebble derived from a Miocene volcanic province of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The rock has a homogeneous, porphyritic texture. The matrix is bluish colored and consists of a very fine-grained mixture of brucite, phlogopite, calcite and magnesite, in which macrocrysts of quartz (25.3 vol%) and moissanite are found. The bulk composition is consistent with kimberlitic chemistry (˜51 SiO_2wt%, ˜26 MgOwt%, ˜26 LOI, 1.30 CaOwt%), the density is 2g/cm^3. Most of the moissanite crystals display well developed faces and have a characteristic platy, pynacoidal, hexagonal shape bounded by {100} faces (6H polytype). Blue to black crystals, ranging 0.2 to 1.5 mm in size, with metallic luster are most common, but completely transparent gemmy blue crystals are present too. Metallic inclusions, up to 400 microns in size, are present in many moissanite grains. In addition to relatively pure metallic Si, Fe-silicite (Fe_3Si_7) is a common inclusion. Other Fe-silicides are present, with varying amounts of Al (max 39.20wt.%), Ca (16.20wt%), Mn (7.83wt%), Ti (25.76wt%) and Ni (14.85wt%). Similar inclusions have been found in natural moissanite from Yakutia. The δ13 C isotope composition is -28.1 per thousand, in good agreement with published data on natural SiC. Other accessory phases

  14. Petrophysical constraints on the seismic properties of the Kaapvaal craton mantle root

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    Baptiste, V.; Tommasi, A.

    2014-01-01

    We calculated the seismic properties of 47 mantle xenoliths from 9 kimberlitic pipes in the Kaapvaal craton based on their modal composition, the crystal-preferred orientations (CPO) of olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene, and garnet, the Fe content of olivine, and the pressures and temperatures at which the rocks were equilibrated. These data allow constraining the variation of seismic anisotropy and velocities within the cratonic mantle. The fastest P and S2 wave propagation directions and the polarization of fast split shear waves (S1) are always subparallel to olivine [100] axes of maximum concentration, which marks the lineation (fossil flow direction). Seismic anisotropy is higher for high olivine contents and stronger CPO. Maximum P wave azimuthal anisotropy (AVp) ranges between 2.5 and 10.2% and the maximum S wave polarization anisotropy (AVs), between 2.7 and 8%. Changes in olivine CPO symmetry result in minor variations in the seismic anisotropy patterns, mainly in the apparent isotropy directions for shear wave splitting. Seismic properties averaged over 20 km-thick depth sections are, therefore, very homogeneous. Based on these data, we predict the anisotropy that would be measured by SKS, Rayleigh (SV) and Love (SH) waves for five endmember orientations of the foliation and lineation. Comparison to seismic anisotropy data from the Kaapvaal shows that the coherent fast directions, but low delay times imaged by SKS studies, and the low azimuthal anisotropy with with the horizontally polarized S waves (SH) faster than the vertically polarized S wave (SV) measured using surface waves are best explained by homogeneously dipping (45°) foliations and lineations in the cratonic mantle lithosphere. Laterally or vertically varying foliation and lineation orientations with a dominantly NW-SE trend might also explain the low measured anisotropies, but this model should also result in backazimuthal variability of the SKS splitting data, not reported in the

  15. Petrophysical constraints on the seismic properties of the Kaapvaal craton mantle root

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    Virginie, Baptiste; Andrea, Tommasi

    2014-05-01

    We calculated the seismic properties of 47 mantle xenoliths from 9 kimberlitic pipes in the Kaapvaal craton based on their modal composition, the crystal preferred orientations (CPO) of olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene, and garnet, the Fe content of olivine, and the pressures and temperatures at which the rocks were equilibrated. These data allow constraining the variation of seismic anisotropy and velocities within the cratonic mantle. The fastest P and S2 waves propagation direction and the polarization of fast split shear wave (S1) are always subparallel to olivine [100] axes maximum concentration, which marks the lineation (fossil flow direction). Seismic anisotropy is higher for high olivine contents and stronger CPO. Maximum P-wave azimuthal anisotropy (AVp) ranges between 2.5 and 10.2% and the maximum S-wave polarization anisotropy (AVs), between 2.7 and 8%. Changes in olivine CPO symmetry result in minor variations in the seismic anisotropy patterns, mainly in the apparent isotropy directions for shear wave splitting. Seismic properties averaged over 20 km thick depth sections are, therefore, very homogeneous. Based on these data, we predict the anisotropy that would be measured by SKS, Rayleigh (SV) and Love (SH) waves for 5 end-member orientations of the foliation and lineation. Comparison to seismic anisotropy data in the Kaapvaal shows that the coherent fast directions, but low delay times imaged by SKS studies and the low azimuthal anisotropy with SH faster than SV measured using surface waves are best explained by a homogeneously dipping (45°) foliation and lineation in the cratonic mantle lithosphere. Laterally or vertically varying foliation and lineation orientations with a dominantly NW