Mantle-derived fluids in diamond micro-inclusions

O. Navon*, I. D. Hutcheon, G. R. Rossman, G. J. Wasserburg

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Micro-inclusions in diamonds from Zaire and Botswana differ in composition from the more common large inclusions of the peridotitic or eclogitic assemblages. These sub-micrometre inclusions resemble potassic magmas in their composition, but are enriched in H2O, CO2- 3 and K2O and depleted in MgO. This composition represents a volatile-rich fluid or melt from the upper mantle, which was trapped in the diamonds as they grew.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-789
Number of pages6
Issue number6193
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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    Navon, O., Hutcheon, I. D., Rossman, G. R., & Wasserburg, G. J. (1988). Mantle-derived fluids in diamond micro-inclusions. Nature, 335(6193), 784-789.