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& Minerals Information
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50 pages of this Stones & Minerals Information section are
below. The other 4 are in the index, page 5. (see the end of
the page for link)
What stone is coal ? I ask this because
in meditation a goat came at me from nowhere and threw down
a piece of coal at my feet. I asked why and he said ' What is
it ( coal) really? I know its a message of not just looking
on the surface but there is another answer to something in answering
this specific question about the coal. Its like what is
underneath the surface of coal if you clean it? Now I'm being
reminded about an old tradition in the army where soldiers were
made to clean or paint coal for a reason. And there is another
NA story? Ring any bells for anyone or am I just off on one
long silly road in never Neverland.
I know is that coal is related to diamonds. I looked it up and
Coal is a mixture of complicated organic molecules derived from
ancient plants, fungi, and bacteria. However, in the natural
"maturation" processes of coal, heat and pressure
change its chemical composition over time so that it becomes
nearly pure carbon in the form of graphite. The difference between
graphite and diamond is in the three-dimensional arrangement
of the carbon atoms in the material. Graphite is made of flat
sheets of carbon atoms in a hexagonal arrangement. The sheets
stack one over the other, with only weak interactions between
sheets. Diamond is not arranged in sheets; instead, each carbon
atom is connected to four others in a tetrahedral arrangement.
It turns out that this arrangement is not as different from
the structure of graphite as it sounds. If the sheets of graphite
are compressed close enough together, the carbon atoms will
be in just about the right position to make the bonds of diamond.
In fact, at high temperatures and pressures, this indeed happens.
It goes the other way, too. It turns out that graphite is actually
more stable than diamond at room temperature and atmospheric
pressure. Unless the surface of a diamond is chemically stabilized,
the diamond vill convert to graphite! Fortunately, fresh diamond
surfaces are easily stabilized by reacting with whatever touched
them, so this isn't likely to happen unless you carefully cut
a diamond in a vacuum.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
So is coal a symbol
for a "diamond in the rough"?
LOL! Or a rough diamond!
Thanks 2 Crow for that information gives me an answer.
Cunningham: Receptive, Saturn, Earth, Money.
Coal, the common substance used to heat millions of homes, is
considered by many to be an excellent money-attractant and hence
is carried in the pocket and placed with money. Speculators
in the stock exchange in London often carry some coal with them
sooty coalman or chimney sweep would be present at a wedding
for good luck. Also a 'First Footer' (new years Eve)
a lump of coal, as well as salt.
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