Since diamonds are made with coal under pressure, why don't we turn mountains of coal into diamonds?
- busterwasmycatLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Not clear to me that diamonds come primarily from coal (13C compositions are not consistent with that idea), but it does not matter because we can and do already make synthetic diamonds. We simply use a more pure starting material than coal. Coal is not a very pure substance, and impurities are a problem for the process.
- JackolanternLv 71 month ago
Coal is just another type of carbon. Humans are another source of carbon and the ashes from humans can also be made into diamonds.
- GabeLv 61 month ago
There is a cost of heat and pressure to make them, and the electrical energy to make the heat and pressure!
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
1 we burn the coal to make steel and electricity
2 turning coal into (industrial) diamond costs a lot of money and energy
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- jimanddottaylorLv 72 months ago
It works in theory, but it is a lot more cost effective to mine the diamonds
- 2 months ago
Because it would take enormous amounts of energy to do that.
- KennyBLv 72 months ago
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