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Super
Science Challenge
How are diamonds made?
submitted by Kira Haag, age 9,
Hershey Montessori School 

 

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Interesting Facts
about Diamonds

·        A diamond is named from the Greek word adamas, meaning “unconquerable.” 

·        Diamonds are the hardest of all known minerals and are often used a cutting tools.  

·        Diamonds can be many different colors, including, clear, yellow, brown, red, green, and blue.  A red diamond is very rare.  A clear diamond is the most common.

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Cool Activities

Grow a Crystal Garden at Home
A supersaturated solution of either salt or sugar will form crystals over a week or two. Follow these simple directions to create mineral crystals, similar to those found in the earth.
“Hard Rock” Scratch Test
One characteristic of a rock or mineral is its hardness. In 1822, a famous scientist named Friedrich Mohs developed a scale to measure the hardness of minerals. The Moh’s scale, lists ten minerals from softest (talc) to hardest (diamond). A mineral will scratch other minerals softer than itself and will be scratched by minerals that are harder.