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Colour:Black, gray, brown
A variety of Diamond

A massive, opaque, gray, brown, or black variety of diamond used as an abrasive and in rock drills.

Five different theories for the formation of carbonado have been discussed (cf. Sautter et al. 2011).

Classification of Carbonado

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Physical Properties of Carbonado

Colour:Black, gray, brown

Other Names for Carbonado

Black Diamond
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Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Carbonado

Reference List:

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J. Garai, S. E. Haggerty, S. Rekhi & M. Chance (2006): Infrared Absorption Investigations Confirm the Extraterrestrial Origin of Carbonado-Diamonds. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 653, L153-L156. [http://www.fiu.edu/~jgara002/research%20statement/carbonado/carbonado-2006.pdf]

Sautter, Violaine; Lorand, Jean -Pierre; Cordier, Patrick; Rondeau, Benjamin; Leroux, Hugues; Ferraris, Cristiano; Pont, Sylvain (2011): Petrogenesis of mineral micro-inclusions in an uncommon carbonado. European Journal of Mineralogy 23, 721-729.

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  • Localities for Carbonado

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    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Derby, O. A. (1907). The geology of the diamond and carbonado washings of Bahia, Brazil. Government Printing Office. Smithsonian Report for 1906 pp215-221
    • Bolívar
      • Santa Elena de Uairen
    NEWMAN, José Albino et al. Mineralogical characterization of the diamond of the alluvial placer from Icabaru River, Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolivar State, Venezuela. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.64, n.3, pp. 472-480.
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