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Diamond oceans may be possible on gas giants


Posted on Monday, 18 January, 2010 | Comment icon 18 comments


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New research has suggested that there could be liquid diamond oceans with solid diamond icebergs floating in Uranus or Neptune.

The research is based on new studies in to the properties and melting point of diamond suggesting that the correct pressure and temperature conditions may have formed such diamond-rich features in our solar system's gas giants.

"Oceans of liquid diamond, filled with solid diamond icebergs, could be floating on Neptune and Uranus, according to a recent article in the journal Nature Physics."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mbyte on 18 January, 2010, 19:22
The animals on that planet must be hard as ****
Comment icon #10 Posted by jimisix on 19 January, 2010, 4:46
There are diamonds in Uranus!
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 19 January, 2010, 4:52
I guess it would not really matter at all. We can artificially produce huge diamonds now. I assume everyone knows about that.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Paracelse on 19 January, 2010, 7:02
Time to sell all de Beers stock
Comment icon #13 Posted by Zaphel on 19 January, 2010, 10:57
Scientists have also claimed that there are huge deposits of diamonds deep near the earth's core... maybe they would be a bit closer to home?? Although, maybe as likely to get obliterated in obtaining them! Mind you, sending the blood-diamond minders from Africa to Uranus would be beneficial to everyone! Z
Comment icon #14 Posted by jbondo on 19 January, 2010, 15:36
Just to mention, diamonds are not all that valuable. It's the controlled release that makes them cost so much. If DeBeers were to release even an 1/8th of their gem quality diamonds it would drive the price into the ground. If people only knew how many stones they were hoarding......
Comment icon #15 Posted by zenfahr on 20 January, 2010, 21:55
Does that mean you could cut glass with Uranus?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Father Of Evolution on 21 January, 2010, 10:09
I'd love to see that...
Comment icon #17 Posted by brlesq1 on 24 January, 2010, 20:53
Sounds like something straight out of Robert Heinlein.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Piney on 24 January, 2010, 21:00
lapiche


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