What is a quadrillion and why are we sitting on so many tons of diamonds?

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What is a quadrillion? 1000 x 1 trillion, or 1,000,000,000,000,000! (that’s 1 with 15 zeroes!)

Why are we talking about a quadrillion? Geologists and other scientists have recently made some far out measurements and say that quadrillion tons of diamonds are trapped deep, deep, deep inside the earth in the roots of upside down mountains of rocks, called ‘cratons‘.

How are diamonds formed? Check out our article, ‘Diamonds are forever!’ to see the conditions necessary for making diamonds and for bringing them to the earth’s surface.

Woo-hoo! What a discovery! How do we get to them? It’s very, very hard to do that as our deepest diggers can’t get that far below the earth’s surface. The diamonds are 90-150 miles deep in the earth and apparently the largest diamond mine in the world (in Russia) goes only 1/3 of a mile deep!

Whew! So since we can’t get to the precious loot, that means that diamond diggers are not going to start digging up more of our earth for these precious stones….!


Written by: Sunaina Murthy, mom to Sumer & Armaan and all that entails.

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