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Squeezing Diamond Into Graphite

A major diamond mystery has finally been cracked. For 40 years, scientists have tried but failed to apply so much pressure on the hard rocks that they would become something other than diamond. Now researchers reported that they succeeded.

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The Bawl Mill


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• Pathfinder Resources, Ltd.
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Palladium Hitting Jewelry Market


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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The Makorakoza of Zimbabwe—Centuries of Prospecting in Gold-Hosting Dolerites


Until a countrywide banning order in 2007, the undercover panners were living testimony to the presence of gold in a region not previously known for its occurrence.

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