Upper mantle composition

tools for smarter diamond exploration

William L. Griffin*, Suzanne Y. O'Reilly

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    The traditional use of major-element data on diamond indicator minerals such as garnet and chromite is based on empirical correlations that have proven unreliable in some exploration situations. The use of trace-element data on these minerals, combined with mantle-mapping techniques, provides clear explanations of both the successes and the failures of the traditional approaches. These techniques make it possible to determine, at an early stage of exploration, both the overall prospectivity of a region and the most appropriate application of indicator mineral chemistry.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMineral deposit research
    Subtitle of host publicationmeeting the global challange
    EditorsJingwen Mao, Frank P. Bierlein
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
    Pages7-10
    Number of pages4
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)3540279458, 9783540279457
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventEighth Biennial SGA Meeting - Beijing, China
    Duration: 18 Aug 200521 Aug 2005

    Conference

    ConferenceEighth Biennial SGA Meeting
    CountryChina
    CityBeijing
    Period18/08/0521/08/05

    Keywords

    • diamond exploration
    • mantle petrology
    • trace elements
    • lithosphere mapping
    • SLAVE CRATON
    • LITHOSPHERE
    • XENOCRYSTS
    • INCLUSIONS
    • AREA
    • GRAS
    • LAC

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