DIAMONDS - TIME CAPSULES OF ANCIENT MANTLE VOLATILES AND THE KEY TO DYNAMIC EARTH EVOLUTION

Grant number: DP140101976 | Funding period: 2014 - 2017

Completed

Abstract

This project aims to reconcile the radically different views on the structure of the Earth’s mantle, based on geochemical (mostly noble gas) and geophysical data. This objective will be addressed through innovative noble gas analyses of well-characterised diamond samples, including gem-stones used for previous dating studies. In combination with carbon isotopic results, this information will be used to constrain the structure and temporal/spatial evolution of the Earth’s mantle. A related outcome will be an improved understanding of the mantle source regions of diamonds and diamond formation.

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