Researchers Using Diamonds As 'Time Capsules'

Mining and Exploration
26/08/2015 11:12

Geochemist Yaakov Weiss from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory describes how inclusions in lower-grade stones provide huge amounts of information about the inaccessible areas deep underground where diamonds are formed and travel through on their way upwards.

"After a diamond captures something, from that moment until millions of years later in my lab, that material stays the same. We can look at diamonds as time capsules, as messengers from a place we have no other way of seeing," Weiss commented.