Genesis of Diamonds and Associated Phases

  • Yuriy A. Litvin

Part of the Springer Mineralogy book series (MINERAL)

About this book


This book presents an overview of recent advances in our understanding of the genesis of diamonds and the associated phases. It is divided into three main parts, starting with an introduction to the analysis of diamond inclusions to infer the formation processes. In turn, the second part of the book presents high-pressure experimental studies in mantle diamond-parental mineral systems with representative multicomponent boundary compositions. The experimental syngenesis phase diagrams provided reveal the physicochemical mechanisms of diamond nucleation and substantiate the mantle-carbonatite concept of the genesis of diamonds and associated phases. Lastly, the book describes the genetic classification of diamond-hosted mineral inclusions and experimentally determined RE “mineral-parental melt” partition coefficients. The physicochemical experimental evidence presented shows the driving forces behind the fractional evolution of the mantle magmas and diamond-parental melts.

Given the depth and breadth of its coverage, the book offers researchers essential new insights into the ways diamonds and associated minerals and rocks are naturally created.


Upper and lower mantle Parental media for diamonds and inclusions Experimental syngenesis diagrams Mantle-carbonatite concept of diamond genesis Ultrabasic-basic evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Yuriy A. Litvin
    • 1
  1. 1.of the Russian Acad. of Sci. Mantle ProcInst of Exp. Min. of the Russian Acad. of Sci. Mantle ProcChernogolovka Moscow RegionRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54542-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54543-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-1585
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-1593
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