Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. They are also a scientist’s best friend when they have never before seen Ice-VII samples inside of them. The lucky team of researchers that came up with this discovery is from the University of Nevada. When trying to look for a form of carbon dioxide they discovered Ice-VII.
What is Ice-VII?
Ice-I is what water that freezes in natural form is named. It is the ice that we see during winter or the one that we have in ice cubes. If we compress the crystals that make up Ice-I we get Ice-II and the process keep repeating itself.
Ice-VII is special as it can withstand very high levels of pressure. On Earth, Ice-VII has very little places that offer it the low temperatures and the high levels of pressure needed for it to form. The level of pressure needed would exceed 3 gigapascals. Moreover, Ice-VII is one and a half times denser than regular Ice-I.
Ice-VII in diamonds – how is it possible?
When diamonds are being formed they do tend to pick up molecules on their way. If, deep into the Earth’s mantle, they pick up a water molecule, that molecule has the potential to become Ice-VII since the pressure level is very high. Theoretically, Ice-VII could form even at normal temperature levels if it has the amount of pressure needed.
Ice-VII found in space
It is believed that the ice sheets on Europa or Enceladus do contain Ice-VII. Moreover, this particle could also be found in Titan’s seas, being a part of the ocean floor beneath them. This is why this discovery is important. It gives scientists the change to analyze Ice-VII that has formed in a natural environment and apply these findings to the Ice-VII that can be found in space, on the before mentioned planets.
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