Diamond Rain’ On Uranus And Neptune

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Due to the immense pressure and temperature on Uranus and Neptune, the methane that makes up these planets can, theoretically, turn into diamond rain. Under intense pressure, the bonds in a methane molecule break down, releasing the carbon atom within. These newly-freed carbon atoms stick to one another and get squeezed together into crystalline patterns, some of which are diamonds. These drop down through the layers of the mantle, where the hotter temperatures vaporise them and send them back to the upper layer to repeat the process anew. Read full article here

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