Diamond-forming HDFs tracking episodic mantle metasomatism beneath Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe (Siberian craton)

Dmitry A. Zedgenizov*, Sergei Yu Skuzovatov, William L. Griffin, Bogdan S. Pomazansky, Alexey L. Ragozin, Viktoria V. Kalinina

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We present a new dataset on the composition of high-density fluids (HDFs) in cloudy (n = 25), coated (n = 10) and cuboid (n = 10) diamonds from the Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe. These diamonds represent different populations each showing distinct growth histories. The cores of coated diamonds display multiple growth stages and contrasting sources of carbon. Fibrous coats and cuboid diamonds have similar carbon isotopes and nitrogen systematics, suggesting their formation in the last metasomatic events related to kimberlite magmatism, as is common for most such diamonds worldwide. The HDFs in most of these diamonds span a wide range from low-Mg carbonatitic to hydrous silicic compositions. The major- and trace-element variations suggest that the sources for such HDFs range in composition between the depleted mantle and more fertile mantle reservoirs. Hydrous-silicic HDFs could originate from a 13C-enriched source, which originates through subduction of crustal metasedimentary material. Percolation of such HDFs through carbonated eclogites and peridotites facilitates the formation of cuboid diamonds and fibrous coats in the mantle section beneath the corresponding area of the Siberian craton. Cloudy diamonds represent an apparently older population, reflecting continuous diamond formation predominantly from high-Mg carbonatitic HDFs that caused discrete episodes of diamond precipitation. Their high Mg# and enrichment in incompatible elements support a metasomatized peridotitic source for these HDFs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Issue number11
Early online date26 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Diamond
  • Microinclusions
  • Carbonatite melt
  • Hydrous-silicic HDFs
  • Eclogite
  • Peridotite
  • Carbon isotopes


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