ONLINE: This lecture-based course on aspects of a most precious gem will cover: the unique nature of diamonds; where, when and how they are formed; the mining of diamonds; how they are prospected for, separated and recovered; what diamond studies tell us about the deep Earth; and stories of famous diamonds. Specific topics will include: 1) the characteristics of this unique mineral; 2) early history, covering the discovery and mining of diamonds in South Africa; 3) diamond mining in the various countries of the world; 4) the nature of kimberlite, the source rock for most of the world’s diamonds; 5) other rocks that carry diamonds, and inclusions within diamonds; 6) how to find diamond-bearing rocks, and how to extract diamonds; 7) some famous and infamous diamonds; 8) synthetic, impact-produced and extraterrestrial diamonds; 9) where, when and how diamonds form, and what they tell us about the deeper parts of the Earth; 10) a broad look at carbon distribution in the Earth. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Class sessions are recorded.
Arch Reid has done research on the nature of diamond-bearing rocks and other Earth mantle samples and has visited several South African diamond mines. He is a retired professor of geology who researched and taught at St. Andrews University, the Mellon Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Australian National University, NASA's Johnson Space Center, the University of Cape Town and the University of Houston.