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Graphite is made up of pure carbon. Similar to the structure within diamond, carbon forms the crystal lattice of graphite. However, in contrast to diamond, graphite’s carbon atoms have a six-sided honeycomb lattice structure.
Carbon can be found in large amounts in the sun as well as in the atmosphere of most planets. Although the carbon content on earth is less than 0.1 percent, it still forms the basis for organic chemistry and therefore for life itself.
Carbon has the special ability to form compounds with itself and other elements such as oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Crystalline carbon is known in four allotropic forms: graphite, graphene, diamond and fullerene.