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Location: Karelia, Russia
"C-60" Buckminsterfullerene Shungite, Rare Precambrian carbonaceous rock.
Dimensions: About 52mm L X 35mm W X 6mm D
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!)
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 sand.
This rare precambrian "shungite" is shipped in a display perky case with an information and authenticity.