Russian Impact Crater Might Contain Trillions of Carats of Diamonds

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On Monday, Novosibirsk scientists of the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences announced that there is a huge deposit of diamonds buried under an impact crater in Siberia. These diamonds are twice as hard as normal because of their origin.

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Diamonds Are Like the Earth’s Champagne Corks

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It has been demonstrated experimentally that a diamond’s trip from deep below the Earth’s surface must be very quick, since lab tests have shown that the gems would burn up in a matter of days, if not hours, if left in the harsh conditions found in the inner crust. The eruptions of diamonds are driven by massive quantities of carbon dioxide fizzing up from the molten rock that surrounds the gems.

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