No element is more essential to life than carbon according to the book of nature's building blocks . The unique characteristics of carbon enable it to bond with itself and many other chemical element , therefore forming millions of compounds , more if which are constantly being discovered it synthesised .
Carbon atoms can also combine to form various shapes ,including chains ,pyramids ,rings ,sheet ,and tubes . Carbon truly is a wonder elements .
Carbon atoms form pyramids , called tetrahedrons, making the structure extremely rigid and making diamond the hardest naturally occurring substance known . A perfect diamond is essentially a single molecule of carbon atoms .
Tightly bonded carbon atoms are set out in loosely bonded layers that can slide away from one another like sheets if paper in a stack . Because of these characteristics , graphite is both a fine lubricant and a key compound in lead pencils .
This refers to a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal mesh or lattice. Graphene has a tensile strength many times that if steel . A pencil trace may have small amounts of graphene in single or multiple layers .
These hollow molecules of carbon come in shapes that includes microscopic balls and tubes called nanotubes . They are measured in nanometers or billionths of a meter .
The many cells that make up plants ,animals and humans are built in a framework of carbon ; an element found in Carbohydrate , fats and amino acids .
Content created and supplied by: Samuelawoniyi (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More