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atmospheric diamonds

Postby Saladman » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:09 am

Possibly, anyway.

Discounting artificial diamonds for [reasons], there's possibly a niche job there for Traveller universe characters, collecting diamonds on high pressure but cold worlds like Uranus and Neptune.
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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby SSWarlock » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:57 am

So a Vilani Scout name Lucille Gaanish exploring said planet could be considered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?"

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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby Traveller-61 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:36 pm

SSWarlock wrote:So a Vilani Scout name Lucille Gaanish exploring said planet could be considered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?"

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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby Jame Rowe » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:57 pm

Traveller-61 wrote:
SSWarlock wrote:So a Vilani Scout name Lucille Gaanish exploring said planet could be considered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?"

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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby steve98052 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:20 am

That isn't likely to offer a practical way to mine diamonds. If the hypothesis in the article is correct, the diamonds appear at a point in the atmosphere where the pressure exceeds a half-million times Earth's atmospheric pressure -- and then they fall even deeper. At that pressure, pretty much any mining probe would be crushed, or at least rendered unable to return to the upper atmosphere.

Even if we assume that very advanced materials technology might allow construction of a mining probe capable of withstanding such pressure, it would be impractical, because the same materials technology would make high-quality manufactured diamonds much less expensive than mining them from gas giants.
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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby SSWarlock » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:35 am

At least we don't have to worry about the diamonds damaging equipment during a fuel-skimming run. Right?

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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby Mithras » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:48 pm

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Re: atmospheric diamonds

Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:24 pm

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