Crystalline Structure of Graphite

Crystalline Structure of Graphite

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Caption: Crystalline structure of graphite, an allotrope of carbon. Carbon atoms are connected into discrete layers of rings by aromatic bonds. Free sliding between layers give graphite its softness and make it an ideal lubricant. The distance between layers has been enlarged 2x for clarity.

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