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Uranus may have Melting and Resolidifying Diamond Oceans
Discovery News ^ | Jan 2010 | Eric Bland

Posted on 01/19/2010 6:54:40 AM PST by rface

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. The surprising revelation gives scientists a new understanding about diamonds and some of the most distant planets in our solar system.

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(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


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KEYWORDS: catastrophism; diamondsareforever; jamesbond; neptune; uranus
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1 posted on 01/19/2010 6:54:40 AM PST by rface
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To: rface

Thats gotta be pretty hard on Uranus.


2 posted on 01/19/2010 6:55:37 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: rface
Hemorrhoids.
3 posted on 01/19/2010 6:55:59 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: rface

Uranus in the Sky with Diamonds?


4 posted on 01/19/2010 6:56:22 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: rface

There was a Dr. Who episode that took place on a diamond planet!!!


5 posted on 01/19/2010 6:57:08 AM PST by C19fan
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To: rface

Either this article is stupid, or I am, and I don’t rule out myself!

A diamond is carbon, right? Pure carbon? Carbon melts at high temps? How are such high temps generated so far away from the sun?

Couldn’t we say that the Earth is chock full of diamonds? Coal is carbon, just like diamonds.


6 posted on 01/19/2010 6:57:49 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: rface

Has De Beers already claimed the mineral rights?


7 posted on 01/19/2010 6:58:23 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: C19fan

Captain Kirk shot the Lizard Man with a cannon he mad and a diamond chunk as the cannon ball.....the Lizard Man was knocked down - but Kirk spared his life......I make my wife watch that episode with me sometimes....she rolls her eyes.


8 posted on 01/19/2010 6:59:45 AM PST by rface (Martin Luther King Jr......One of America's Great Heroes.)
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To: rface

I know that episode. I think Kirk made a comment, before he figured out he could make a primative cannon, about how he would trade all those diamonds for some weapon.


9 posted on 01/19/2010 7:01:14 AM PST by C19fan
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To: brownsfan

Materials behave very differently at extremes of temperature and pressure. While Uranus may be far from the sun, the vast pressure of its gaseous atmosphere might mean that the melting point of the crystalline form of carbon is at a much lower temperature than here on Earth.


10 posted on 01/19/2010 7:01:44 AM PST by Notforprophet
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To: brownsfan

My guess is the diamonds would be found under Uranus’s thick atmosphere which would be a high pressure and temperature environment.


11 posted on 01/19/2010 7:02:30 AM PST by C19fan
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Uranus is crusty?


12 posted on 01/19/2010 7:02:35 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: rface

I’m rich and I didn’t even know it. Now I won’t have to have my gold fillings removed.


13 posted on 01/19/2010 7:05:01 AM PST by almcbean
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To: rface
I've always enjoyed Uranus.


14 posted on 01/19/2010 7:08:30 AM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: MrB

Kids, err I mean, Scientists say the darnedest things.


15 posted on 01/19/2010 7:08:36 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: rface
The Gorn

16 posted on 01/19/2010 7:09:51 AM PST by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: Constitution Day
>"Has De Beers already claimed the mineral rights?"

Someone say beer?


17 posted on 01/19/2010 7:10:35 AM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: rface

I love that pic! Look at the look on Sarko’s face. He can’t believe what an ignorant jerk zer0 is! He knows zero is “faible!”


18 posted on 01/19/2010 7:12:35 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: rface

More carbon footprint?


19 posted on 01/19/2010 7:13:16 AM PST by Mobties
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To: Notforprophet

[While Uranus may be far from the sun, the vast pressure of its gaseous atmosphere might mean that the melting point of the crystalline form of carbon is at a much lower temperature than here on Earth.]

So, you are saying even though Uranus is where the sun don’t shine, the vast pressure of the gaseous atmosphere might lower the melting point of crystalline forms of carbon (like that Taco Bell burrito I ate) and liquefy it? Ruh Roh, I think I’m in trouble.


20 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:30 AM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: rface

Like I’ve said before, my sheet don’t stink!


21 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:36 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: rface

He wasn’t a “Lizard Man”, he was a Gorn. It’s it’s a damn good thing Kirk didn’t kill him out because the Metrons would have taken out the Enterprise.


22 posted on 01/19/2010 8:01:15 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: rface

Well, she can count herself lucky, because I swear one of my old friends made his newlywed wife dress up like the green chick and dance for him dressed as Capt. Kirk.

By the way, the lizard man was supposed to be Capt. Kirk’s equal in the lizard world.

But I preferred the rock monster.


23 posted on 01/19/2010 8:04:02 AM PST by job
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To: rface
This guy's already on his way to Uranus to kick some alien butt and bring back the diamonds!


24 posted on 01/19/2010 8:04:25 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: massgopguy

Did the Metrons invent the metronome?

And if so — does that mean they are related to the time-keepers from Remulac?


25 posted on 01/19/2010 8:04:37 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: rface

DeBeers stakes claim on Uranus and extends their diamond monopoly.


26 posted on 01/19/2010 8:05:27 AM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Carbon footprint on Uranus PING


27 posted on 01/19/2010 8:19:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Al Gore was more concerned with the evil influence of heavy metal than that of radical Imam.)
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To: BenLurkin
metrognome:


28 posted on 01/19/2010 8:20:45 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Al Gore was more concerned with the evil influence of heavy metal than that of radical Imam.)
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To: NCC-1701

Aaah! GORN!!!


29 posted on 01/19/2010 8:20:55 AM PST by NativeSon
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To: rface

Last I heard carbon did not have a liquid phase, wouldn’t it just go right into gas/vapor?


30 posted on 01/19/2010 8:30:01 AM PST by valkyry1
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To: rface

On the first of many planet stops (Preplanus), Dr. Smith put extra blasting charges in the hole Major West was drilling to shake the diamonds loose from the walls in a nearby cave. It didn’t work out so well.


31 posted on 01/19/2010 8:33:31 AM PST by glock_fan
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To: rface

It’s going to be a special day when we can pull diamonds out of Uranus. Normally you have to go to prison to find a drilling platform capable of such a deed.


32 posted on 01/19/2010 8:33:43 AM PST by Pajama Blogger (Pajama Power)
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To: C19fan
There was a Dr. Who episode that took place on a diamond planet!!!

The planet was called Midnight (the episode had the same name).

33 posted on 01/19/2010 8:34:53 AM PST by CA Conservative
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To: rface

I know uranus does not always produce consistent results, sometimes solid, sometimes liquid, but always gas.


34 posted on 01/19/2010 8:36:24 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: C19fan

Pushing real hard put’s uranus under tremendous pressure.


35 posted on 01/19/2010 8:41:52 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Titan Magroyne; scoobysnak71

Relative of yours?

36 posted on 01/19/2010 8:53:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: job
But I preferred the rock monster.

Do you mean the Horta?

37 posted on 01/19/2010 8:58:48 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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"Yet I would trade them all for a hand phaser, or a good solid club."

And the Lizard King was a "Gorn".


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

38 posted on 01/19/2010 8:59:54 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: rface

it did, but a tube of that prescription stuff cleared it right up


39 posted on 01/19/2010 9:09:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: brownsfan

“How are such high temps generated so far away from the sun?”

The spinning motion of gas giant planets such as Uranus and Neptune generates a lot of energy. Combine that with their immense gravitational fields and the result is the ability to create areas of extreme temperature and pressure.

Graphite and diamond molecules are both 100% carbon. The difference is the manner in which the carbon atoms within the molecules are arranged.


40 posted on 01/19/2010 9:17:06 AM PST by bobjam
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Well, the diamond guild better hope we never learn how to mine Uranus(Ok, make with the jokes). Melted diamonds, sounds like it may get a tad hot there.


41 posted on 01/19/2010 11:17:11 AM PST by calex59
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To: job
By the way, the lizard man was supposed to be Capt. Kirk’s equal in the lizard world. But I preferred the rock monster.

Great episode(rock monster was on a different episode), but I prefer the rock monster on Galaxy Quest(a hilarious movie, BTW), it played he** with the bad guys!

42 posted on 01/19/2010 11:21:51 AM PST by calex59
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To: Slings and Arrows; scoobysnak71

>>> “Relative of yours?”

Ah yes, the Uranus side of the family! Clumsy bunch. Don’t drop the soap while they’re walkin’ about.


43 posted on 01/19/2010 11:41:32 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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A fair warning.....

(Funny thing, check out the picture closely. There are FOUR feet in the frame. LMAO! Now, whatcha gonna do, and why are you back there to start with? LMAO)

44 posted on 01/19/2010 11:47:51 AM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: rface

"Look Michelle, I can see Uranus from here!"

45 posted on 01/19/2010 11:55:05 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (At the first of the year I feared for my grandkids... then it was my kids... now it's me.)
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To: JimRed

Do you mean the Horta?

Ah, yeah, I knew it was the Horta, I just didn’t want anyone to know that I knew it was the Horta.


46 posted on 01/19/2010 1:41:45 PM PST by job
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To: job
>"Ah, yeah, I knew it was the Horta, I just didn’t want anyone to know that I knew it was the Horta."

Michelle Obama digs up a Horta (a not-so-distant relative) and displays it for the press.


47 posted on 01/19/2010 1:59:24 PM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: Titan Magroyne

http://www.instantrimshot.com/


48 posted on 01/19/2010 3:28:29 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: rface

49 posted on 01/19/2010 3:36:33 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: scoobysnak71

Oopsie! I think the less said the better!


50 posted on 01/19/2010 5:53:07 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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