Space & Astronomy
Diamond oceans may be possible on gas giants
By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2010 · 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
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