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Oct 7, 2016

Elements which exist in different atomic arrangements.


Some elements can have different atomic arrangements, resulting in different properties. Carbon has many different atomic arrangements, or allotropes, two being graphite and diamond. Graphite is arranged in a hexagonal atomic pattern forming sheets which are layered on top of each other, whereas diamond is a repeating tetrahedral shape. Both structures are composed solely of carbon. Oxygen can be in the form of oxygen gas (#O_2#) or ozone (#O_3#).