Diamond-bearing and diamond-free metacarbonate rocks from Kumdy-Kol in the Kokchetav Massif, northern Kazakhstan

Yoshihide Ogasawara, Masahito Ohta, Kyoka Fukasawa, Ikuo Katayama, Shigenori Maruyama

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Dolomite marble from the Kumdy-Kol area of the Kokchetav Massif contains abundant microdiamond, mainly in garnet and a few in diopside. The mineral assemblage at peak metamorphic condition consists of dolomite + diopside + garnet (+aragonite)± diamond. Inclusions of very low MgCO3 calcite and almost pure calcite occur in diopside and are interpreted as aragonite and/or aragonite + dolomite. Single-phase Mg-calcite in diopside with a very high MgCO3 component (up to 21.7 mol%) was also found in diamond-free dolomitic marble, and is interpreted as a retrograde product from aragonite + dolomite to Mg-calcite. The dolomite stability constrains the maximum pressure (P) at <7 GPa using previous experimental data, whereas the occurrence of diamond yields the minimum peak pressure-temperature (P-T) condition at 4.2 GPa and 980°C at XCO2=0.1. The highest MgCO3 in Mg-calcite constrains the minimum P-T condition higher than 2.5 GPa and 800°C for the exhumation stage. As these marbles were subjected to nearly identical P-T metamorphic conditions, the appearance of diamond in some carbonate rocks was explained by high XCO2. A low XCO2 condition refers to high oxidized conditions and diamond (and/or graphite) becomes unstable. Difference in XCO2 for marble from the same area suggests local heterogeneity of fluid compositions during ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-416
Number of pages17
JournalIsland Arc
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Carbonates
  • Diamond
  • Dolomite
  • Fluid
  • Kokchetav Massif
  • Kumdy-Kol
  • Mg-calcite
  • Ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism
  • XCO

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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