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Diamond oceans may be possible on gas giants

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 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. The research, based on first detailed measurements of the melting point of diamond, found diamond behaves like water during freezing and melting, with solid forms floating atop liquid forms.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (18)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mbyte 13 years ago
The animals on that planet must be hard as ****
Comment icon #10 Posted by jimisix 13 years ago
There are diamonds in Uranus!
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 13 years ago
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 13 years ago
Time to sell all de Beers stock :P :P
Comment icon #13 Posted by Zaphel 13 years ago
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 13 years ago
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 13 years ago
Does that mean you could cut glass with Uranus?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Father Of Evolution 13 years ago
I'd love to see that... :alien:
Comment icon #17 Posted by brlesq1 13 years ago
Sounds like something straight out of Robert Heinlein.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Piney 13 years ago
Wouldn't it be cool if the people who really cared about that **** left Africa & South American peasants alone and all took off for Uranus? If they did maybe we drop the first syllable of the planet's name in honor of its inhabitants. lapiche


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