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Terrestrial Origins and Evolution
Carbon-60 buckyballs


Simulated structures showing the starting material (left) of carbon-60 “buckyballs” (magenta) and m-xylene solvent (blue) and its superhard form (right) after being compressed by more than 400,000 atmospheres of pressure inside a diamond anvil cell. Although the crushed buckyballs are amorphous, the solvent preserved the material’s long-range crystalline order. Credit: Image by Lin Wang, Carnegie Institution of Washington

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