News & Opinion | July 19, 2018 11:52 am

A Quadrillion Tons of Diamonds Lurk Underneath the Earth’s Surface

But there is no use digging for them because they are around 100 miles deep down.

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Scientists found this surprising quantity of the beloved gem using seismic waves rippling through Earth to estimate the composition of a particularly planetary layer, reports National Geographic. Their results show that our planet probably has about a thousand times more diamonds than researchers previously thought.

“It was unexpected, but it’s not unprecedented,” said Joshua Garber, a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University and author of the study, of the newest diamond estimate.

But humans might never be able to get to these diamonds because we have not dug more than 7.6 miles deep. Making a hole of a hundred miles or more would definitely be a challenge.