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Vancouver Kimberlite Cluster Seminar

Live streaming of the Vancouver Kimberlite Cluster (VKC) seminar series was arranged as part of the DERTS program. The VKC is organized by the Diamond Exploration Lab, the Volcanology and Petrology Research Lab and the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at UBC and sponsored by SRK Consulting. The VKC meets in downtown Vancouver every one-to-two months bringing together industry and academia to discuss current ideas and stories from diamond exploration, kimberlite geology, and related topics. The seminar topic is related to current research or exploration projects and a live questions period is open to all participants at the end of the talk.

As of March 2018 VKC Seminars have been live streamed with video available subsequently on YouTube, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel:

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November 2, 2021 - Dr. H. S. Grütter, Ph D, P Geo, SRK Consulting (Canada)

Observations on "Lows" and "highs" in contemporary microdiamond data

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May 25, 2021 - Hayden Dalton - PhD Candidate - The University of Melbourne, Australia

Temporal evolution of kimberlite magmatism in Finland: An evaluation of geochronological methods commonly applied to kimberlite

April 27, 2021 - Marty Podolsky, SRK Consulting

Primary Diamond Asset Development Standard Model – Deposit to Reserve Desktop to Feasibility Governance Example – Gahcho Kué Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada

March 30, 2021 - Kenneth Johnson and Dr, Jose Paulo Donatti-Filho, Lipari Mineração Ltda.

Brauna 3 mine - South America's first diamond mine developed on a kimberlite deposit

February 24, 2021 - Nicole Meyer, Phd, PDF, University of Alberta

Diamonds and Their Inclusions From The Koffiefontein Pipe Provide Insights Into the Formation and Evolution of the Kaapvaal Craton

December 3, 2020 - Brooke Clements, Craton Minerals Ltd.

Diamond exploration in COVID-19 times: challenges and opportunities

November 2, 2020 - Dr. Margo Regier, Carnegie Institute for Science

Distinct diamond-forming mechanisms in the lithosphere, asthenosphere, and lower mantle

September 30, 2020 - David Sacco, M.Sc., Palmer

Drift prospecting for kimberlite in the Slave Geological Province: why your KIM-bearing sediment samples may not be leading you to kimberlite

January 23, 2020 - Barrett Elliot, Northwest Territories Geological Survey

A summary of the Slave Geological Province Exploration Development Initiative

October 16, 2019 - Janine Kavanagh, University of Liverpool

The dynamics of kimberlite magma intrusions: The role of dykes

April 16, 2019 - Ralph Tappert, Hyperspectral Intelligence Inc.

Kimberlites and diamonds of South Australia: A new look at kimberlite petrogenesis

February 27, 2019 - Dr. Evan Smith, Gemological institute of America

Origin of Type IIb diamonds and their super deep genesis

January 31, 2019 - Mike McCubbing, Saskatchewan Research Council

Using Diamond Characterization to Refine Micro and Macro Diamond Processing and Recovery

Nov 6, 2018 - Gregory Dipple, University of British Columbia

Optimizing carbon capture and storage in kimberlite tailings for environmental benefit and operational efficiency

Oct 3, 2018 -Michelle Tappert, Hyperspectral intelligence Inc.

Novel exploration tools: Using reflectance spectroscopy to detect hydration halos around kimberlites

May 3, 2018 - Curtis Brett, Rio Tinto

Petrology of the White River Diamondiferous Paleoproterozoic Intrusive Rocks and Constraining the timing of the Destruction of the Southern Superior Cratonic Roots

March 28, 2018 - Yana Fedortchouk, Dalhousie University

Dissolution features on diamond surfaces: What can they tell us?

March 9, 2018 - Tshireletso Dira and Leon Daniels, Pangolin Diamond Corp.

Contrasting termite transported indicator mineral concentrations in the Kgalagadi of Central District Botswana: Macrotermes michaelseni vs Hodotermes mossambicus


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February 7, 2018 - Maya Kopylova, University of British Columbia

Inclusions in Cullinan diamonds: Insights on an ancient hot spot and the origin of Type II diamonds


November 7, 2017 - Frank Branko, CGL-GRS Swiss Canadian Gemlab

Diamond Fluorescence: Its Effect on the Diamond Pricing and the Use of Fluorescence for Diamond Identification


October 17, 2017 - Dr. Wayne Barnett, Principal Structural Geologist, SRK Consulting

Kelvin and Faraday Kimberlite Emplacement Geometries and Implications for Subterranean Magmatic Processes


April 5, 2017 - Jim Grieg, Crystal Exploration Inc.

Exploring Forgotten Diamond-bearing Ground in the North Slave Craton
Jim Greig, MBA, CEO & President, Crystal Exploration Inc.;
Dean Besserer, P. Geo., Technical Advisor, Crystal Exploration Inc.;
Kris Raffle, P. Geo., Consultant, APEX Geoscience Ltd.


February 28, 2017 - Matt Gaudet, Stornoway Diamonds Corp.

The Principal Role of Silicic Crustal Xenolith Assimilation in the Formation of Kimberley-type Pyroclastic Kimberlite


January 26, 2017 - Dr. Graham Pearson, Professor, Canada Excellence Chair, University of Alberta

The Complex History of the Mantle Roots Beneath the Slave Craton and Surrounding Regions

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