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The Geology of the Argyle (AK1) Diamond Deposit,Western Australia

Rayner, Murray J.; Jaques, Alan; Boxer, G. L.; Smith, C. B.; Lorenz, Volker; Moss, Stephen W.; Webb, Kimberley; Ford, D.


The Argyle (AK1) pipe in the Kimberley region of Western Australia is the world’s largest source of natural diamonds, and it has produced more than 835 million carats since mining began in 1983. The ~1.2 Ga olivine lamproite pipe lies within the Paleoproterozoic Halls Creek orogen at the southeastern margin of the Kimberley craton, and it was emplaced during a period of extension associated with large-scale, NNE-trending strikeslip faulting of the orogen. AK1 is composed of four coalesced,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Source: Special Publication Number 20


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