Bostock, Michael Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
- Root Formation
- Seismological analysis
- Subduction of oceanic plateaus
- Canadian Diamond Deposits
- Diamondiferous kimberlites
- Canadian diamond characteristics
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Improvements in modern diamond exploration practice and our knowledge of Earth's early evolution are closely tied to a better understanding of the structures known as continental roots. These structures underlie the ancient crust of a majority of Earth's continental shields, including the Slave craton (Fig. 1) in Canada. Geophysical studies of continental roots in combination with petrological and geochemical studies of diamondiferous kimberlites, both in Canada and abroad, are leading to new insights into the forces that shaped the origin of the very first landmasses.
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