Moore, Paul B. Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Volk, Herbert F. Carbon Products Division, Union Carbide Corporation, Parma, Ohio.
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A low-pressure polymorph of carbon, the common high-pressure polymorph being diamond. Several other rare polymorphs have been synthesized or discovered in meteorites. The contrast in physical properties between these two polymorphs is remarkable: Graphite is metallic in appearance and very soft, whereas diamond is transparent and one of the hardest substances known.
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