Diamond in host rock

Diamond in host rock

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Credit: PETR JAN JURACKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diamond in host rock. Close-up of a diamond (upper left) still embedded in its host rock. Diamond is an allotrope of carbon in which the carbon atoms share strong covalent bonds and are arranged into a cubic lattice. As a result, diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material known on the planet, and has been utilised in various tools for cutting, grinding, and polishing. This diamond measures 3mm across.

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Keywords: allotrope, carbon, chemical, chemistry, close-up, crystal, crystalline, crystallised, crystals, detail, diamond, element, geological, geology, hard, hardest, host rock, macro photograph, mineral, mineralogical, mineralogy, minerals, no-one, nobody, sample, specimen

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