Ok, good, thanks. If you didn’t raise your hand, you’re excused, but you can stay if you want.
Now, another show of hands: How many of those fireplaces are wood-burning?
If you didn’t raise your hand this time, get out. Who needs you?
Just kidding…we need you as much as we need those with wood-burners. Even if they’re cooler than you are.
Anyway, once the fire goes out, have you ever looked at the charcoal left behind? Of course not. That would be weird, and there are far better things to be looking at.
Even though they’re the same thing, the only difference being pressure. In fact, the same kind of pressure you’d find in the atmosphere of a gas giant like Jupiter or Saturn.
Isn’t it fitting, then, that scientists have found that there is a chance that it rains diamonds on both planets, and possibly on Uranus and Neptune also?
Carbon in the atmosphere descends and encounters sufficient pressure to be converted into diamond. And all of these planets have…wait for it…rings! Coincidence? I think not.
We’re not yet sure how long it takes for the conversion to occur there, but the same process on Earth takes millions of years. Remember that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all far larger than Earth and therefore have far higher atmospheric pressures.
So could we collect some of these diamonds? Probably, but such an undertaking would be hugely expensive. In fact, a mission like that would probably cost more than any diamonds we might gather would be worth on the open market, not that they’d ever be available to the public.
Why not? We can’t even buy the samples brought back from the Moon, and those are, in the end, just rocks. If we get diamonds from another planet, we’ll be lucky to see photos of them.
Still, the possibility is there.
P.S. – I almost forgot…the pressure needed to create a diamond also generates an enormous amount of heat, and we all love the end result.
Still think being “cool” is so great?