View of a diamond in kimberlite

View of a diamond in kimberlite

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Credit: E.R.DEGGINGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diamond. View of a diamond (colourless, lower right) in kimberlite (or peridotite). Kimberlite is the main parent rock for diamonds in the world. Kimberlite is an igneous (volcanic origin) rock which occurs in abundance in the Kimberly mines, South Africa. Diamonds form under intense pressure and heat. They are an exceptionally hard form of carbon, which occur as octahedral, rounded structures. Because of their rarity and beauty diamonds are used as gemstones. As a result of their hardness they are also used in industry as high-quality abrasives for cutting and drilling equipment.

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Keywords: diamond, in kimberleite, in kimberlite, kimberlite, mineral, peridotite, uncut, uncut diamond

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