Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 481, Issue 1, pp 922–924 | Cite as

Influence of the Sulfur Concentration in a Fe–S Melt on Diamond Preservation under P–T Conditions of the Earth’s Mantle

  • V. M. SoninEmail author
  • E. I. Zhimulev
  • A. A. Chepurov
  • A. I. Chepurov
  • N. P. Pokhilenko


The results of experiments on dissolution of diamond in a Fe melt with variable concentrations of S at high P–T parameters are presented. It is established that the maximal degree of diamond dissolution occurs at a sulfur concentration of 15 wt %. With decreasing or increasing S content, dissolution of diamond slows down and almost does not occur during the period of the experiment (60 min), when the “eutectic” composition is gained. In contrast to a pure Fe melt, the presence of S decreases the carbon solubility and, therefore, reduces the aggressiveness of metal melt in relation to diamonds, thus, stimulating their preservation in the Earth’s mantle, especially if the concentration of S exceeds that in the “eutectic” composition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Sonin
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. I. Zhimulev
    • 1
  • A. A. Chepurov
    • 1
  • A. I. Chepurov
    • 1
  • N. P. Pokhilenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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