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Uranus and Neptune are a Girl's Best Friend

Some sparkly revelations about our outer solar system:

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 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."

High pressure and high temperatures are the key, and Neptune and Uranus have both.

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  1. lol @ Carol Channing in the tags.

    I've never heard of diamonds in liquid form. i thought they became diamonds only after they were crushed under extremely high pressure. very interesting. i wish we could get ground-level high-resolution photos of the most-distant planets in our solar system.

    Posted by: casey | Jan 19, 2010 10:37:14 AM

  2. The planets were immediately renamed DeBeers I & II.

    Posted by: Arthur | Jan 19, 2010 12:09:19 PM

  3. I love these kinds of posts! Very interesting!

    Posted by: mw1126 | Jan 19, 2010 12:09:46 PM

  4. Casey +1!!

    Surely someone's had too much cough mixture, the temps on Uranus and Neptune would be freezing? Liquid diamonds, sounds like a rip off of a perfume by Dame Elizabeth or a bottle of poppers... probably the same stuff tbh!

    Posted by: Sean R | Jan 19, 2010 12:12:04 PM

  5. Actually, the internal temperatures would be higher from the sheer amount of pressure from the planets' greater masses. Things react vastly different under high pressure and temperature than they would at the lower.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jan 19, 2010 12:40:46 PM

  6. So sorry Earth, you're no longer the most glamourous place in the solar system!

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jan 19, 2010 1:25:42 PM

  7. Avatar 2: Voyage to Neptune.

    Posted by: adamf | Jan 19, 2010 2:01:48 PM

  8. So the larger the planet, the hotter it is on the surface? Am I getting that right? I always thought planets further out were all frozen.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 19, 2010 6:04:59 PM

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