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The Siberian branch of Russian Academy of
Sciences said that the Popigai crater in eastern Siberia contains “many
trillions of carats” of so-called “impact diamonds” — good for
technological purposes, not for jewelry, and far exceeding the currently
known global deposits of conventional diamonds.

Nikolai
Pokhilenko, the head of the Geological and Mineralogical Institute in
Novosibirsk, told RIA Novosti news agency Monday that the diamonds
include other molecular forms of carbon. He said they could be twice as
hard as conventional diamonds and therefore have superlative industrial
qualities.

He said the minerals could lead to a “revolution” in
various industries. “But they can’t upset a diamond market because it is
shaped by diamonds for jewelry purposes.”

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