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Plot of crystal structure of lonsdaleite

Plot of crystal structure of lonsdaleite

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CLIVE FREEMAN / BIOSYM TECHNOLOGIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLIVE FREEMAN / BIOSYM TECHNOLOGIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

False-colour three-dimensional plot of the crystal structure of lonsdaleite, a form of diamond with stacking faults. Diamond is a form of carbon, and is normally found as a perfect triclinic crystal. The regularity of the crystal means that diamond is the hardest known mineral. In this view along one of the cleavage planes, the irregularity of the packing is evident, a perfect diamond structure would consist of regular hexagonal patterns. Lonsdaleite was named after Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-71), British crystallographer and the first woman elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in London.

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