# What are the allotropes of carbon ?

Oct 15, 2016

$\text{Carbon graphite, diamond, and the fullerenes.}$

#### Explanation:

Allotropy is the property of a chemical elements to exist in two or more different forms. Carbon presents some rich examples of allotropy. Depending whether you are at A-level or not, check here or here for details.

Actually, you should check the second site out for the pretty pictures. If you want to vizualize $\text{buckminsterfullerene}$, which is truly a beautiful structure, think of a football (or a soccer ball if you are a septic).