Journal article

Mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Sputnik kimberlite pipe, Yakutia

NV Sobolev, FV Kaminsky, WL Griffin, ES Yefimova, TT Win, CG Ryan, AI Botkunov

LITHOS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1997

Abstract

The Sputnik kimberlite pipe is a small "satellite" of the larger Mir pipe in central Yakutia (Sakha), Russia. Study of 38 large diamonds (0.7-4.9 carats) showed that nine contain inclusions of the eclogitic paragenesis, while the remainder contain inclusions of the peridotitic paragenesis, or of uncertain paragenesis. The peridotitic inclusion suite comprises olivine, enstatite, Cr-diopside, chromite, Cr-pyrope garnet (both lherzolitic and harzburgitic), ilmenite, Ni-rich sulfide and a Ti-Cr-Fe-Mg-Sr-K phase of the lindsleyite - mathiasite (LIMA) series. The eclogitic inclusion suite comprises omphacite, garnet, Ni-poor sulfide, phlogopite and rutile. Peridotitic ilmenite inclusions have hig..

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