Diamonds and the mantle geodynamics of carbon: deep mantle carbon evolution from the diamond record

Steven B. Shirey, Karen V. Smit, D. Graham Pearson, Michael J. Walter, Sonja Aulbach, Frank E. Brenker, Hélène Bureau, Antony D. Burnham, Pierre Cartigny, Thomas Chacko, Daniel J. Frost, Erik H. Hauri, Dorrit E. Jacob, Steven D. Jacobsen, Simon C. Kohn, Robert W. Luth, Sami Mikhail, Oded Navon, Fabrizio Nestola, Paolo NimisMederic Palot, Evan M. Smith, Thomas Stachel, Vincenzo Stagno, Andrew Steele, Richard A. Stern, Emilie Thomassot, Andrew R. 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 present
EditorsBeth N. Orcutt, Isabelle Daniel, Rajdeep Dasgupta
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781108677950
ISBN (Print)9781108477499
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Diamondite
  • Polycrystalline
  • Fibrous diamond
  • Mantle geodyanmics
  • Geobarometry
  • Mantle transition zone
  • Subduction
  • Lherzolitic diamond
  • Kimberlite
  • Redox freezing
  • Metallic liquid


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