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SDLRC: Brooke Clements highlights technical diamond articles for July 2019

Sheahan Diamond Literature Reference Compilation
The Sheahan Diamond Literature Reference Compilation is compiled by Patricia Sheahan who publishes on a monthly basis a list of new scientific articles related to diamonds as well as media coverage and corporate announcements called the Sheahan Diamond Literature Service that is distributed as a free pdf to a list of followers. Pat has kindly agreed to allow her work to be made available as an online digital resource at Kaiser Research Online so that a broader community interested in diamonds and related geology can benefit. The SDLRC Blog is a guest commentary by an industry expert about articles, themes and trends in recent issues of the SDLRC.

July 2019

Comments by Brooke Clements

Brooke Clements received a B.Sc in Geology from Indiana University and an M.Sc in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona. From 1982 to 1997, he was an Exploration Geologist and Regional Manager for Exmin Corporation where he conducted diamond exploration programs throughout the United States. From 1998 to 2007 he was Vice President, Exploration for Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. Under his leadership, the Ashton-SOQUEM exploration team discovered the Renard diamond district in Quebec where Stornoway Diamonds opened the Renard Diamond Mine in 2016. From 2007 to 2015 he was President of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. where he led the team that discovered the Chidliak diamond district on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Currently, Brooke is President of JBC Ventures Ltd., a consulting company specializing in mineral exploration and community and government relations. He is also President and CEO of Craton Minerals Ltd., a private diamond exploration company focused on discovering North America's next new diamond district.

Brooke Clements has volunteered to highlight the scientific articles that caught his attention in the monthly reference compilations. The opinions expressed are solely his and he can be reached at .

Technical Articles
This mine is mine! How minerals fuel conflict in Africa. Berman et al., ID Pat unearthed this 2017 paper, which is a free download, that is a detailed study with lots of data suggesting a correlation between mineral extraction and armed conflict in Africa, with increased conflict in times of high mineral prices. They suggest that one way for governments to reduce rebellion is to have more stringent anti-corruption policies, and support transparency/traceability initiatives in the mining industry. They also find that mines operated with socially responsible practices are less at risk to fuel violence.
Use of draglines in mining diamond ore deposits in Yakutia. Cheskidov et al., ID Good discussion of the potential uses of draglines for diamond mining.
In the world of diamonds, the Big and Beautiful size does matter! de Wit, ID This Powerpoint presentation given at the Indaba conference in June is a free download, accessible using a link in the Kaiser Research diamond center. It is a very good summary of big diamonds and the current challenges in the diamond market.
The 2018 diamond pipeline: faking the diamond dream. Even-Zohar and Narvekar, ID There is a link to this article and a diamond pipeline chart in the Kaiser Researach diamond center. As always, Chaim and Pranay provide interesting and entertaining comments. They analyze the growing influence of lab grown diamonds on the market and the diamond pipeline.
Onshore and nearshore diamond mining on the south-western coast of Namibia: recent activities and future exploration techniques. Jacob and Grobbelaar, ID This paper is a very good summary of marine alluvial diamond mining and exploration in Namibia, written in an accessible style with good maps and photos typical of the Journal of Gemmology.
Modification of mantle cargo by turbulent ascent of kimberlite. Jones et al., ID This paper is a free download. The authors simulate kimberlite ascent through the lithosphere and document the effects of particle-particle interactions combined with chemical processes on kimberlite magma and its cargo.


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