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Microdiamond crystal

Microdiamond crystal

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DAVID SCHARF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID SCHARF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Microdiamond. Coloured scanning electron microg- raph (SEM) of a microdiamond crystal from Siberia, Russia. Microdiamonds are diamonds (pure crystals of carbon) which measure less than half a millim- etre in any dimension. This crystal was octahedral but was eroded into a near-cubic form. Microdia- monds are being studied as an alternative to the more expensive larger diamonds used in industry, for instance as heat dissipators or abrasives. Microdiamonds are thought to form either with larger diamonds in the Earth's mantle (the layer beneath the crust), or in the ascending magma (molten rock) that can bring the larger stones to the surface. Magnification: x120 at 6x7cm size.

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