Definition of diatreme in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪətriːm/


A long vertical pipe or plug formed when gas-filled magma forced its way up through overlying strata.
Example sentences
  • Various architectures connecting extrusive mud volcanic cones to their underlying source layer have been described, ranging from bulbous diapirs to steep diatremes and narrow vertical pipes.
  • The only known igneous rocks in the area are Permian periodotite and lamprophyre dikes as well as diatremes of ultramafic composition associated with the Fluorite district.
  • The Sloan deposits proved to be uneconomic and were closed; however, the Kelsey Lake diatremes in Colorado opened in 1996 with high expectations.


Early 20th century: from dia- 'through' + Greek trēma 'perforation'.

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