KiDs (Kimberlites and Diamonds) is a research group established at the University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences in 2015, which later expanded across Australia (Macquarie University; University of Western Australia) and eventually oversea (ETH Zurich). The KiDs group investigates the petrology and geochemistry of kimberlites, related volcanic rocks (e.g., lamproites, carbonatites) and their cargoes of mantle xenoliths and xenocrysts, including diamonds, to answer fundamental questions on the genesis and evolution of kimberlites and related rocks, origin and preservation of diamonds, and evolution of the Earth’s mantle.

Diamonds formation and preservation

We know that kimberlite magmas resorb and even destroy diamonds. One of the overarching goals of this work is to provide quantifiable mineral/fluid chemistry parameters to evaluate diamond potential and grade – impact for diamond exploration.

Juina Diamond

A holistic approach

We study kimberlites and related rocks, and the diamonds, mantle xenoliths and megacrysts they entrain, using a combination of petrographic, geochemical and geochronological techniques. Our ultimate aim is to bring together a wide range of geoscience disciplines (e.g., volcanology, geophysics), into a holistic approach.