Diamonds are forever
Erik has written yet another popular science article for Geologiskt forum entitled ‘Diamanter – det hårdaste inom geologin’. To translate, this time the chosen topic was diamonds, the hardest mineral on Earth. While I was teaching at the University of Iceland, one of my courses was Energy and Ressources of the Earth, which I taught together with Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir. I was responsible for lectures about ore minerals, and out of own interest I chose to include diamond formation. Erik was doing research on the topic and did the first draft lecture for me – the advantage of having a husband working within the same field of interest. This lecture is the base of his new article. Almost my miracle, or rather by aid of a very helpful employee at de Beers Group in Canada, Erik was able to acquire photos of the Eureka and the Dudley diamonds for his article. These are stunning!
You can find a link to ‘Geologiska föreningen’ here, the publisher of Geologiskt forum:
Photo above is showing a raw diamond in kimberlite from De Beers’ mine in New Rush, South Africa. The sample is owned by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. Photo: Erik Sturkell.