Fullerene crystal layer in shungite

Fullerene crystal layer in shungite

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Caption: Natural crystalline fullerene. High-resolution scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a crystal of a C60 fullerene, or 'buckyball', found in a sample of the mineral shungite. C60 forms a hexagonally- packed crystal structure, seen here as the interlocking hexagons with dark central spots. The green/purple colours in this image are an artifact of the microscope system. Shungite is a Precambrian era sedimentary rock, about 600 million years old. It is unknown how the fullerene was formed in the rock. This specimen was found at Karelia near St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Keywords: buckyball, buckyballs, c60, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, crystal, fullerene, hexagonal crystal, hexagonal packing, hi-res, high-resolution, lattice, organic, scanning electron micrograph, sem, shungite, thin layer

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