Why are diamonds are hard?

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Uriel Emmerich

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Diamonds are allotropes of carbon that have a tetrahedral network - this means that each carbon is covalently bonded to 4 other carbons. This creates a very rigid structure, which is responsible for diamond being hard. Diamond is so hard it is often used in cutting tools.

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