Category Archives: eclogites

A deeper look at the geology of diamonds

The geology of diamonds is fascinating in itself, but they also give insights into wider geological processes and history. Up until 1725, diamonds were only known from India. That all changed when Brazilians panning river sediments for gold, instead found diamonds. Recent … Continue reading

Categories: diamonds, eclogites, geochemistry, subduction

A harder look at the geology of diamonds

My recent post about diamonds was a rapid romp through some of the most marvellous things earth scientists have discovered about them. In the interests of keeping the casual reader engaged I left out many things. If this left you with … Continue reading

Categories: diamonds, eclogites, subduction

Cratons – old and strong

Cratons are pieces of continents that have been stable for a over a billion years. As earth’s plates drift along, mountains periodically rise and fall, plate boundaries appear and disappear. But cratons are like great-grandmothers at family gatherings, while younger … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, mountains, subduction, tectonics

Eclogites: back to the surface

Eclogites are beautiful rocks that form deep within subduction zones. The vast majority of subducted oceanic crust becomes more dense than the surrounding mantle rocks and travels to the strange world of the deep earth. Lucky for us, small volumes … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, metamorphism, subduction, tectonics