Silicon carbide, macrophotograph

Silicon carbide, macrophotograph

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Silicon carbide. This mineral, also known as carborundum, is very rare in nature, but its is mass-produced synthetically. It is widely used as an abrasive and in body armour and brake discs for sports cars. This specimen measures 4 centimetres across.

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Keywords: carborundum, ceramic, chemical, chemistry, compound, cut out, geological, geology, macrophotograph, man made, man-made, mineral, rock, sic, silicon carbide, synthetic

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