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In the diamond crystal the four carbon atoms are at the vertices and center of a tetrahedron. Four such tetrahedra connected at their vertices fit in a cube. Placing them side by side creates a lattice and the tetrahedra then depict a diamond.
Contributed by: Sándor Kabai (July 2008)
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Published: July 15 2008