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Carbonate–silicate liquid immiscibility in the mantle propels kimberlite magma ascent

Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Yaxley, Gregory M.


Kimberlite is a rare volcanic rock renowned as the major host of diamonds and originated at the base of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Although kimberlite magmas are dense in crystals and deeply-derived rock fragments, they ascend to the surface extremely rapidly, enabling diamonds to survive. The unique physical properties of kimberlite magmas depend on the specific compositions of their parental melts that, in absence of historical eruptions and due to pervasive alteration of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.03.004


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