Kimberlite is a type of igneous rock that is ultramafic and ultrapotassic. Its mineral content usually includes olivine, phlogopite, pyroxene, and garnet, accompanied by a variety of trace minerals. Kimberlite occurs in the Earth's crust in vertical structures known as kimberlite pipes. These pipes are the most important source of mined diamonds today. In addition, the scientific study of kimberlite helps reveal some of the geological processes that take place within the Earth's crust and mantle.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- The scientific study of kimberlite provides us with a means of understanding a segment of the Earth's history. This type of work requires superior mental faculties, which are connected to our spiritual dimension and reflect the higher intelligence of our Creator. In addition, the results of these studies provide glimpses of some of the processes by which God invested His heart, intelligence, and energies in creating this world.
- Our efforts to study kimberlite spring from our inner desire to understand the natural world, regardless of whether the knowledge gained helps us for our practical, survival needs. These efforts distinguish the human species from all others on our planet.
- By investigating this and other types of rocks, we work toward establishing harmony with the rest of the created world and stewardship (dominion) of true love over it. In Unification terminology, we work toward fulfilling God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity.
- Kimberlite also contributes to our desire for beautiful objects, in terms of providing valuable diamonds. By serving humans and other creatures, kimberlite provides us with an internal guiding principle—to live for the sake of others. By so doing, we demonstrate God's nature in action, and we can create a world of harmony and peace, which is the desire of all people.