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Unusual noble gas compositions in polycrystalline diamonds: preliminary results from the Jwaneng kimberlite, Botswana

Honda, Masahiko; Phillips, David; Harris, Jeffrey W; Yatsevich, Igor


We have undertaken noble gas analyses of four polycrystalline framesite diamonds from the Jwaneng kimberlite pipe, Botswana. These samples yielded complex, multiple noble gas components (crustal, atmospheric and in situ radiogenic/fissiogenic), which were successfully deconvoluted by combining vacuum crushing and step-heating experiments and examining a full suite of noble gas isotope and elemental abundances. The most striking observation is the presence of crustal nucleogenic neon, released...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Chemical Geology
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2003.10.012


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