The first site related to diamonds comes from the American Museum of Natural History entitled The Nature of Diamonds (1). A comprehensive site, visitors can learn about what a diamond is, its related history, mining, industry and technology use, and more. The next site, offered by De Beers Industrial Diamonds (2), offers a history of industrial diamond use as well as a look at their various applications such as saw and wheel grits. The third site, Industrial Diamonds Statistics and Information (3), is maintained by the US Geological Survey. Various publications related to diamonds can be found here, including yearly mineral commodity summaries and mineral yearbooks. Next, a companion Web site to the PBS broadcast "The Diamond Deception" (4) chronicles the efforts to create synthetic diamonds. The site contains the science behind the sparkle, diamonds on other planets, an interactive look inside diamonds, and more. The fifth site comes from HowThingsWork.com that is called How Diamonds Work (5). Descriptions of the origin of diamonds, their properties, famous diamonds, etc., are offered here. Next is The Science of Diamonds (6) site, offered by DiamondCutters.com. Uniquely offered is a description of the diamond cutting process along with other diamond science and history information. From a University of Wisconsin Geology Course Web site comes a photographic gallery called Diamonds (7). Dozens of photographs of diamonds, colored diamonds, and synthetic and diamond simulants can be found here. Lastly, a lesson plan entitled The Hope Diamond Legend (8) is offered by Indiana Academy. Among other things, students can learn that carbon atoms can bond to one another in chains, rings, and branching networks to form a variety of structures, including synthetic polymers, oils, and the large molecules essential to life.


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