In a study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (PNAS), a group of researchers confirmed the existence of lonsdaleitea rare diamond of the hexagonal shape, within fragments of ureilite meteorites probably from the collision between a dwarf planet and an asteroid.
It is a mineral with extraterrestrial potential in every way: according to the researchers, lonsdaleite is harder than lonsdaleite thanks to its special hexagonal structure. 58% compared to terrestrial diamonds. There is an objective difficulty in identifying a material like this: since it does not form naturally on earthlonsdaelite has only been officially identified in rare ureilite meteorites, making it difficult to trace the origin of the material itself.
What is special about this discovery is that scientists not only claim to have found: WHERE lonsdaleite crystals, but especially for the taller lonsdaleite crystals found so far.
Obviously we should forget the large diamonds in the Queen’s Crown of the United Kingdom: When the researchers described the crystals as “the largest of this type known to date”, they also explained that the size is up to one micron. achieved and which, however, are diamonds – “a lot, a lot” thinner than a human hair“.
The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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