Diamonds and the Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon

Steve Shirey, Karen Smit, D Graham Pearson, Michael Walter, Sonja Aulbach, Frank Brenker, Hélène Bureau, Antony Burnham, Pierre Cartigny, Thomas Chacko, Daniel Frost , Erik Hauri, Dorrit Jacob, Steven Jacobsen, Simon Kohn, Robert Luth, Sami Mikhail, Oded Navon, Fabrizio Nestola, Paolo NimisMederic Palot, Evan Smith, Thomas Stachel, Vincenzo Stagno, Andrew Steele, Richard Stern, Emilie Thomassot, Andrew Thomson, Yaakov Weiss

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The science of studying diamond inclusions for understanding Earth history has developed significantly over the past decades, with new instrumentation and techniques applied to diamond sample archives revealing the stories contained within diamond inclusions. This chapter reviews what diamonds can tell us about the deep carbon cycle over the course of Earth’s history. It reviews how the geochemistry of diamonds and their inclusions inform us about the deep carbon cycle, the origin of the diamonds in Earth’s mantle, and the evolution of diamonds through time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeep carbon
Subtitle of host publicationpast to pesent
EditorsBeth Orcutt, Isabelle Daniel, Rajdeep Dasgupta
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781108677950
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2019


  • Diamondite
  • Polycrystalline
  • Fibrous diamond
  • Mantle geodynamics
  • Geobarometry
  • Mantle transition zone
  • Subduction
  • Iherzolitic diamond
  • Kimberlite
  • Redox freezing
  • Metallic liquid


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