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The Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Characteristics of Type Ib-IaA Cuboid Diamonds from Alluvial Placers in the Northeastern Siberian Platform

V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Novosibirsk State University, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Minerals 2017, 7(10), 178;
Received: 22 August 2017 / Revised: 15 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 September 2017 / Published: 26 September 2017
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Cuboid diamonds are particularly common in the placers of the northeastern Siberian platform, but their origin remains unclear. These crystals usually range in color from dark yellow to orange and, more interestingly, are characterized by unusual low aggregated nitrogen impurities (non-aggregated C-center), suggesting a short residence time and/or low temperatures at which they have been stored in the mantle. In order to track possible isotopic signature that could help deciphering cuboid diamond’s crystallization processes, δ13C values, δ15N values, and nitrogen concentrations have been determined in situ in three samples using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), whereas nitrogen aggregation states have been determined by FTIR spectroscopy. The samples fall out of the δ13C vs. δ15N field of canonical mantle composition. Different scales of carbon and nitrogen fractionation may produce the observed variations. Alternatively, mixing mantle and crustal material would obscure initial co-variations of δ13C values with δ15N or nitrogen content. View Full-Text
Keywords: cuboid diamond; carbon; nitrogen; SIMS cuboid diamond; carbon; nitrogen; SIMS

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Zedgenizov, D.; Reutsky, V.; Wiedenbeck, M. The Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Characteristics of Type Ib-IaA Cuboid Diamonds from Alluvial Placers in the Northeastern Siberian Platform. Minerals 2017, 7, 178.

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