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What do diamond and graphite have in common?

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Both diamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon - this means they are both made purely of carbon but have different physical properties at the same temperature. Diamond is an extremely hard substance that is often used in drill tips where is graphite comprises of layers that easily slide over each other making a perfect lubricant. Graphite is also unique in that it is able to conduct electricity, unlike other non-metals.

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