Skip to comments.Uranus may have Melting and Resolidifying Diamond Oceans
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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Thats gotta be pretty hard on Uranus.
Uranus in the Sky with Diamonds?
There was a Dr. Who episode that took place on a diamond planet!!!
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.
Has De Beers already claimed the mineral rights?
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.
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.
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.
My guess is the diamonds would be found under Uranus’s thick atmosphere which would be a high pressure and temperature environment.
Uranus is crusty?
I’m rich and I didn’t even know it. Now I won’t have to have my gold fillings removed.
Kids, err I mean, Scientists say the darnedest things.
Someone say beer?
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!”
More carbon footprint?
[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.
Like I’ve said before, my sheet don’t stink!
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.
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.
Did the Metrons invent the metronome?
And if so — does that mean they are related to the time-keepers from Remulac?
DeBeers stakes claim on Uranus and extends their diamond monopoly.
Carbon footprint on Uranus PING
Last I heard carbon did not have a liquid phase, wouldn’t it just go right into gas/vapor?
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.
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.
The planet was called Midnight (the episode had the same name).
I know uranus does not always produce consistent results, sometimes solid, sometimes liquid, but always gas.
Pushing real hard put’s uranus under tremendous pressure.
Relative of yours?
Do you mean the Horta?
And the Lizard King was a "Gorn".
it did, but a tube of that prescription stuff cleared it right up
“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.
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.
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!
>>> “Relative of yours?”
Ah yes, the Uranus side of the family! Clumsy bunch. Don’t drop the soap while they’re walkin’ about.
(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)
"Look Michelle, I can see Uranus from here!"
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.
Michelle Obama digs up a Horta (a not-so-distant relative) and displays it for the press.
Oopsie! I think the less said the better!