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Mystery diamond-filled rock found in Russia

By T.K. Randall
December 19, 2014 · Comment icon 13 comments

Diamonds are highly prized and extremely valuable. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 deror_avi
A strange chunk of rock containing 30,000 individual diamonds has been unearthed in a Russian mine.
The red and green tinted rock, which was found in the Udachnaya diamond mine in northeastern Russia, was deemed so rare and unusual that it was donated to science so that research could be carried out on its composition and origins.

"The exciting thing for me is there are 30,000 itty-bitty, perfect octahedrons, and not one big diamond," said geologist Larry Taylor. "It's like they formed instantaneously."
The sheer concentration of diamonds within the rock is millions of times greater than what would normally be seen in diamond ore. Scientists believe that the find could help reveal important new clues about the Earth's geological history as well as how diamonds in general are formed.

"The associations of minerals will tell us something about the genesis of this rock, which is a strange one indeed," said Taylor. "The reactions in which diamonds occur still remain an enigma."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (13)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by Maizon 10 years ago
My first thought is that they have been formed under an insane amount of instant pressure. Like an asteroid impact.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Thisisweird 10 years ago
We should make bullets out of them.... Just encase
Comment icon #6 Posted by HerNibs 10 years ago
DIBS!!! MINE MINE MINE!!! Nibs
Comment icon #7 Posted by jarjarbinks 10 years ago
sorry to break the party guys, but it's my long lost stash. if you could send it back to me, i will give you a reward
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
A diamond geode? Nuts, all I ever find is quartz.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Atuke 10 years ago
This was mined in proximity to the Tungusta incident. Too soon I suppose to form but still.
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye 10 years ago
... and it was only 'donated' because they can't use it as 'gems' ~ just say'n ... y'know ...
Comment icon #11 Posted by MissMelsWell 10 years ago
30K diamonds in a 30mm rock? Ya, that's like diamond dust. Which in and of itself is kind of interesting.
Comment icon #12 Posted by qxcontinuum 10 years ago
When wound humanity admit that some phenomenons are simply unexplained, such as is Tungusta phenomenon. It must not be a meteorite since the behaviour is much different than that we know off. It is time for honesty and sincere revealing.
Comment icon #13 Posted by badeskov 10 years ago
When wound humanity admit that some phenomenons are simply unexplained, such as is Tungusta phenomenon. It must not be a meteorite since the behaviour is much different than that we know off. It is time for honesty and sincere revealing. Correct, we will most likely never know for sure unless we actually find a piece of space rock. But a meteorite is by far the most likely explanation for the event and fragments was actually found in 2013, if memory serves . Cheers, Badeskov


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