Welcome to the Vancouver Kimberlite Cluster!

The Cluster is a UBC-SRK seminar series, to share ideas and stories from diamond exploration, kimberlite geology, and related topics. We meet downtown every one-to-two months for a talk, and a trip to the nearest pub. We aim to gather the many people working on kimberlites and diamonds in Vancouver, as well as professionals passing through. Everyone is welcome.

The talk schedule for this and past seasons are below.

2019/2020 Season:

Date Speaker Title Abstract
October 16, 2019

Dr. Janine Kavanagh, 
University of Liverpool, UK


The dynamics of kimberlite magma intrusions: The role of dykes

Presentation in PDF 

Presentation Video

Eruptions of kimberlite magma are often characterised by explosive activity, creating a conical-shaped cavity at the surface that tapers down to the underlying volcanic plumbing system. This diatreme is infilled by largely fragmented rock and ash, potentially having sampled up to 200 km of lithospheric material, and with diamondiferous mantle nodules ending up in close proximity to shallow crustal lithics. A kimberlite eruption would inevitably be something to see, and yet (as is the case with all volcanoes) it is ultimately the dynamics of the subsurface dykes and sills that feed the eruption which are responsible for what material reaches the surface. In this seminar I will present some geological observations of fossil kimberlite dykes from South Africa and explore how scaled analogue experiments in the laboratory can be used to reconstruct their dynamics of intrusion. 
November 27, 2019








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