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Carbon Carbon with symbol C is a non-metallic chemical element It is a Halogen with the Atomic Number 6 in group IV period II Carbon is not very plentiful it only makes up 0025 of the Earths crust but it still forms more compounds than all of the other elements combined Carbon can exist in a variety of different physical forms These include Diamond Diamond is one of the many allotropes of Carbon Diamonds are widely known as a mineral with extreme physical qualities - they make excellent abrasives because they are the hardest known mineral It is a poor conductor of electricity Graphite Graphite is one of the most common allotropes of Carbon Graphite is a soft slippery solid that is a good conductor It is also a very good lubricant something that reduces friction between two moving surfaces Graphite is known as being one of the most stable forms of carbon ever discovered Graphite is also used for electrodes in electric furnaces and dry cells as well as for making crucibles in which metals are melted Lonsdaelite Lonsdaelite is an allotrope of the Carbon allotrope diamond It has a hexagonal shape and is formed when meteoric graphite falls onto the earths surface The graphite turns into diamond but it still withholds the graphites hexagonal crystal structure Fullerenes Fullerenes are molecules which are made entirely out of carbon Its shape is a hollow sphere an ellipsoid or a tube Fullerenes are under the study for medical uses to target resistant bacteria and even cancer cells Amorphous carbon Amorphous carbon is the name used for carbon that does not have any crystalline structure Amorphous carbon actually contains crystallites of graphite or diamond with bits of amorphous carbon holding them together Carbon nanotube Carbon nanotubes are cylindrical shaped carbon molecules with uncommon properties which make them useful in many ways For example Nano-electronics optics material application etc
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