Studies of the reaction between diamond and heated kimberlite

J. W. Harris*, E. R. Vance

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At temperatures above about 1100° C degassed molten kimberlites were found to attack diamond, producing both graphite and metallic iron on the diamond surface. Using ordinary kimberlites in experiments performed at 1 Kb in a closed system, diamonds developed etch features (at temperatures above about 1000° C), consistent with attack by wet CO2, but no graphite or iron was formed on the surfaces of the diamonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1974
Externally publishedYes


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