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Welcome to the Diamond Exploration Laboratory

Our Research

The Diamond Exploration Lab carries out petrological and mineralogical studies of kimberlites, mantle xenoliths and diamonds. The research focuses on the Slave and Superior cratons and aims to uncover the structure, thermal regime and bulk composition of the diamondiferous upper mantle. The Lab also studies petrology and volcanology of Canadian kimberlites and other primary diamondiferous rocks. Our fundamental research in mantle petrology has very practical implications for the methodology of diamond exploration. All of our past graduate students are employed by diamond exploration companies or continue with academic studies in geology.

Our current research includes projects on "Xenoliths of the Chidliak kimberlites (Baffin Island)", "Mineral inclusions in N-free diamonds" and "Crustal contamination of the Renard kimberlites".

Potential Graduate Students

We are looking for new graduate students who would like to take on the following projects:

  • Mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Lace kimberlite
  • Volcanology of tuffisitic kimberlite breccias

    Please contact the Lab for details if interested in these research opportunities

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