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A variety of peridotite forming pipes in which diamonds and garnets are often found.

[After Kimberley, a city in central South Africa where several kimberlite pipes mined for large diamonds are found.]

kim′ber·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Minerals) an intrusive igneous rock generated at great depth in the earth's mantle and consisting largely of olivine and phlogopite. It often contains diamonds
[C19: from Kimberley + -ite1]
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Noun1.kimberlite - a rare type of peridotite that sometimes contains diamonds; found in South Africa and Siberia
peridotite - a dark coarse-grained igneous rock consisting principally of olivine
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The data includes more than 53,000 surface samples and more than 600 analytical probe results and other kimberlitic mineral data, kimberlitic indicator minerals reported from over 200 locations.
Since their discovery, theories about them have flourished, ranging from their being caused by a fungus similar to that which causes fairy rings, to being an indication that diamond-bearing kimberlitic rock is present, to being UFO touch-and-go pads.
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