Daddy, I want a volcano that erupts diamonds!

Published May 12, 2020

The Russians apparently have one: Tolbachik in Kamchatka*. Its 2012-13 eruption included tiny diamonds called kimberlites. Normally those come from deep beneath the surface, but Tolbachik made them a different way. Instead of needing tons of pressure, these formed by the rapid cooling of gases.

Yeah, yeah. The point is: diamonds erupting from a volcano. How cool is that?

* Every Risk player knows Kamchatka well.
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