Origin, Exploration, and History of DiscoveryeBook - 2009
All aspects of diamond geology, exploration, history, and marketing are described in this detailed text. The authors draw on extensive experience in geology and diamond exploration in the US and Russia as they write on subjects that include the history of diamond discoveries, diamond morphology, age and dating, host rocks, unconventional source rocks, tectonic control and temporal distribution of diamond deposits, exploration, economics, and extraction. Each chapter concludes with a full list of references. Geologists and prospectors will be the main audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Society for Mining Metallurgy
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.