A strange rock that was pulled from Udachnaya diamond mine in Russia has yielded some of the most-unique scientific findings to date. While it vaguely appears to be a normal rock that would be found in a diamond mine, the contents of the rock are anything but typical.
The rock contained 30,000 microscopic diamonds and had a red and green hue. The diamonds also happen to be perfectly shaped. Larry Taylor, the geologist who presented the findings from the University of Tennessee pointed out that “the exciting thing for me is there are 30,000 itty-bitty, perfect octahedrons, and not one big diamond.”
While the rock is worthless to a diamond miner, the scientific value of this rock is incomparable. The diamonds are so small within the rock that they’re useless in a resale environment. However, to find a rock with this many microscopic diamonds included inside of it – makes the finding significantly more exciting.
Scientists point out that the rock will serve significantly important roles in discovering more about our geological history. While scientists have a fairly good understanding of what our geological history looks like – they have less of an understanding regarding the formation of rocks like this.
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Scientists point out that the rock appears to have had the diamonds form instantly, inside the rock, without any errors or changes between diamonds. Typically, it takes diamonds a significantly long period of time to form, but currently signs point toward a rock that has a unique origin.
Perhaps though the most interesting aspect of this particular rock is how they are viewed and seen when evaluated under x-rays, as diamonds are often looked at through this method. It revealed that there are two small, and narrow bands of diamond that measured .04-inches, or roughly 1-millimeter. Those two strips were pushed against each other, forming perfect octahedrons.
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Scientists believe that the findings ultimately show the diamonds were crystalized from fluids that had come from the subducted oceanic crust. Scientists though will be investigating the unique science behind this now-famous rock for many years moving forward to better understand its origin, and how its unusual chemistry could possibly be explained.