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Reconstruction of mantle sections beneath Yakutian kimberlite pipes using monomineral thermobarometry

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posted on 21.06.2016 by I. V. Ashchepkov, N. P. Pokhilenko, N. V. Vladykin, A. Y. Rotman, V. P. Afanasiev, A. M. Logvinova, S. I. Kostrovitsky, L. N. Pokhilenko, M. A. Karpenko, S. S. Kuligin, E. V. Malygina, Y. B. Stegnitsky, N. A. Alymova, O. S. Khmelnikova

Four original monomineral methods for mantle peridotite associations are used to reconstruct PT conditions beneath the kimberlite pipes of Yakutia. The clinopyroxene Jd–Di method gives the closest coincidence with Opx barometry in accord with all physico-chemical boundaries. Garnet thermometers calibrated using Opx, Gar–Cpx and Ni-garnet thermometers and two variants of barometers were developed separately for pyroxenites and peridotites. A Cr–Sp thermobarometer uses the monomineralic version of the Ol–Sp thermometer and a newly calibrated Cr–Sp barometer. A picroilmenite method uses the Ol–Sp thermometer and a pressure-calibration of the geikielite component. Each mantle column is divided into two (upper and lower) sections by a pyroxenite layer located near 40 kbar. Below the pyroxenite layer, the lower section comprises 3–4 lithologically distinct horizons, with a thermally perturbed layer at the base. Above the pyroxenite layer are 3–5 lithologically distinct horizons, which are more fertile than the lower sections. Splitting of the geotherms characterizes most PT diagrams and is ascribed to multistage melt percolation processes typical for the mantle beneath kimberlite pipes. The largest pipes are diamond-bearing and have a highly depleted peridotite lens above the asthenospheric layer.