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Diamond Deposits: Origin, Exploration & History of Discovery

Authors: Edward Il. erlich, W. Dan Hausel
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - 2002
392 pages

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Written for geologists and diamond prospectors, this guidebook provides a general overview of diamond exploration and exploitation. The text covers how to find, recognize, and evaluate the potential of diamond deposits. As examples, the book reviews the history of some important diamond discoveries in Russia and the western United States.

Much of the book is focused on geology of common diamond host rocks, including kimberlite and lamproite. In addition, it reviews the occurrence of some of the more unconventional host rocks that have produced some notable diamond discoveries. The material found in diamond deposits provides a foundation for discussing some of the most fundamental problems of theoretical geology, such as the timing of geological events and the development of cratonic areas.

The authors are both experienced geologists who bring years of field experience to their writing. This resource provides a comprehensive look at the geology of diamonds, including historical data, crystal structure, and methods of exploration.

Chapters include:

Section 1 Diamonds

  • History of Diamond Discoveries
  • Diamond Morphology
  • Age and Origin of Diamonds: An Overview
  • Gemstone and Synthetic Diamonds

Section 2 Conventional Host Rocks

  • Overview
  • Kimberlites
  • Lamproites
  • Placers

Section 3 Unconventional Source Rocks

  • Overview
  • Meteorites, Ultramafic and Mafic Igneous Rocks
  • High-Pressure Metamorphic Complexes
  • Specific Type of Ring Structures (Astroblemes)

Section 4 Tectonic Control and Temporal Distribution of Diamond Deposits

  • Tectonic Control of Diamond Deposits
  • Temporal Distribution of Diamond Deposits
  • Exploration, Mining, Economics and Extraction
  • Exploring for Diamond Deposits
  • Predicting Diamond Content
  • Mining and Recovery of Diamonds
  • Diamond Markets and Exploration Prejudices

Review: Diamond Deposits was written by practicing field geologists and prospectors interested in diamonds. Students and other academics will find certain chapters to be a fairly acccessible history of diamond exploration. By reading the first chapter, non-geologists will be able to find new hope of running across a diamond in many areas of the US. Odds of finding a diamond in many states are not as slim as one might expect.

The book seems to be unique in its worldwide treatment of diamond exploration. The history of discoveries and mining all around the glove is covered, from ancient Indian mines right up to activities in Canadian diamond mines are late as 2002. In addition to the history and geography, detailed information on kimberlite and lamproite, conventional host rocks for diamonds, is included.

An expanded table of contents, list of figures and tables, and combined index for text, figures, and and tables make this book accessible for reference work.

Diamond Deposits is recommded for academic libraries, especiallly those in the North-Western US and in Candada. Recent diamond exploration and discoveries in these areas may lead to higher demand for this information.

E-STREAMS, May 2003


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