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Kimberlites and the start of plate tectonics

We want to know when plate tectonics began and will consider any important Earth feature that shows significant temporal evolution. Kimberlites, the primary source of diamonds, are rare igneous features. We analyze their distribution throughout Earth history; most are young (~95% are younger than 0.75 Ga), but rare examples are found as far back as the Archean (older than 2.
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