Diamond Photos  
Cochise College               
Photos of Minerals
Geology Home Page

Roger Weller, geology instructor

wellerr@cochise.edu      copyright 2010-R.Weller 

 

contrast between diamond and
graphite structures-1

(2 illustrations)
The carbon atoms in diamond are tightly packed,
creating superior hardness and a greater density than graphite.



diamond                                                                                                                                     4219

In contrast, the layers of carbon atoms in graphite are greatly separated,
creating softness and lower density.



graphite                                                                                                                                      4203
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