A new study conducted by researchers revealed a quadrillion tons of diamonds lying deep below the surface of our planet. But it will be a while until diamonds are every girl's best friend: the lavish gems are located so deep, no drill in existence can reach them.
Diamonds, despite their mesmerising sparkle, are made of the same stuff at the tip of your pencil: Carbon atoms.
MIT explains that this vast supply of diamonds is likely buried between 90 and 150 miles beneath the Earth's surface. The answer comes from seismic data-or recorded sound waves from seismic activity like earthquakes and tsunamis.
Next, the team multiplied this percentage by the total volume of cratonic roots in the Earth, estimated by thorough mapping of new and old rock formations.
"This shows that diamond is not perhaps this exotic mineral, but on the [geological] scale of things, it's relatively common", Ulrich Faul, a co-author of the study and research scientist in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, told MIT News.
More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds to be exact - or one thousand times more than one trillion - United States researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported this week.
Other universities involved in the study were the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, the University of California at Berkeley, Ecole Polytechnique, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Harvard University, the University of Science and Technology of China, the University of Bayreuth, the University of Melbourne, and University College London.
Sound waves helped experts to determine the composition of the Earth.
The discovery that Earth contains 1,000 times more diamond than people thought started when scientists realized sound waves were rolling through the deepest section of Earth's crust faster than they should.
After this, Faul and others, who used to measure sound velocity through many different types of minerals in the laboratory, used this knowledge to collect the virtual rocks made from various mineral combinations.
"Diamonds are special in many ways", said Fore.
Researchers created virtual rock models to test what material would allow sound waves to travel that quickly through the cratonic roots.
Researchers presently trust the Earth's antiquated underground shakes contain no less than 1,000 times more jewel than beforehand anticipated.
Scientists have found in the center of the Earth a huge amount of diamonds.
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