Dimensions: About 1 3/8" W X 2"H X 3/8"D, Only 1 Left!
For generations diamond and graphite were considered to be the only pure forms of carbon.
In 1985, a group of discoverers found a third form, C60, and dubbed it appropriately --
buckminsterfullerene, because this unusual molecule was composed of 60 carbon atoms arranged
in a hollow sphere. The molecule's appearance bore a phenomenal resemblance to the architect
Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes (also the common soccer ball!)
The commercial application of this new form of carbon is currently being explored by industrial
laboratories and corporations around the world.
About the Sample and Location: This is the first natural example of carbon in the "Bucky Ball"
configuration of C-60 carbon atoms. It is called "shungite" - which is the Russian name for this type
of graphite. It came from the Shunga River, in Karelia, Russia. Shungite is a rare Precambrian
carbonaceous rock. This black rock contains small veins of stacked spheres that are precisely
buckminsterfullerene in their configuration.
Further laboratory analysis has also discovered the presence of C-60 in fulgerites - lightning-fused
Sample comes in a display perky case with an information sheet and authenticity.