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Diamond Deception, The

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There is no classroom activity for this program. The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

The Science Behind the Sparkle
Light normally travels at 186,000 miles per second, but diamond is so dense that it slows light to less than half that speed. It also, of course, refracts light into all the colors of the rainbow. What else does diamond do to light? Find out in this excerpt from Robert Hazen's new book, The Diamond Makers. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Diamonds in the Sky
Glittering stars in the night sky aside, scientists have long known that there are diamonds in the heavens. Learn about the existence of diamonds in meteorites, Neptune and Uranus, and elsewhere in the universe. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Primer of Gemstones
Unfamiliar with precious versus semi-precious gems? Discover the difference and more in this illustrated introduction to the world's most coveted rocks. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

See Inside a Diamond (Hot Science)
In this interactive feature, try your hand at using quarks and electrons to fashion an atom of carbon—the stuff that diamonds are made of. Also, see a three-dimensional diamond crystal. (Requires Shockwave plug-in for atom builder; Chime plug-in for diamond crystal.) (Grades 9-12)

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