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Now this is a marvelous possibility: distant Uranus and Neptune may sport diamond icebergs floating in a sea of liquid diamond:

Diamond Oceans Possible on Uranus, Neptune

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 the 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.

Fantastic, in the truest sense of the word. It sounds like something from the wildest imaginings of the authors of scientific romances in the 19th century, or Pulp writers in the 1930s.


(via Instapundit)

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