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 Subject: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas Category: Science > Earth Sciences Asked by: genktay-ga List Price: \$4.00 Posted: 05 Sep 2006 11:44 PDT Expires: 05 Oct 2006 11:44 PDT Question ID: 762439
 ```I know that diamonds are made by an enormous amount of pressure. If we were to measure that pressure in tortillas, how much pressure would that be? (Lets say the standard tortilla is 1/10th of a pound).```
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 Subject: Re: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 05 Sep 2006 13:16 PDT
 ```"Under continental crust, diamonds form starting at depths of about 150 kilometers (90 miles), where pressure is roughly 5 gigapascals and the temperature is around 1200 degrees Celsius (2200 degrees Fahrenheit)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond#Formation So a diamond can be formed under a mere 5 gigapascals of pressure. 145.04×10^-6 pounds per square inch = 1 Pascal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal Assuming that a tortilla is 1/10 lb and is about 10 square inches, it exerts 1/100 pounds per square inch. Since the stack of tortillas will be vertical, the math should be easy from here: 1/100 * X = 5 * 145.04x10^-6 * 1 billion pascals (1 billion pascals = 1 gigapascal) .01X = 725,200 X = 72,520,000 tortillas I'm hungry!```
 Subject: Re: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas From: pinkfreud-ga on 05 Sep 2006 13:30 PDT
 `This is gonna be one expensive burrito. A bit overly crunchy, too, if you ask me.`
 Subject: Re: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas From: elids-ga on 05 Sep 2006 16:30 PDT
 ```Researchers estimate that the tortilla industry will grow to be a \$6 billion industry by the year 2004. http://www.tortilla-info.com/media_room/press/prrevenue03.htm the average cost of a 16 oz package is about 60 cents http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/LIFESTYLE05/604200427/1042 that would mean that the US consumes over 10,000,000,000 tortillas annually. since we only need 72,520,000 tortillas for this and in the US we consume about 27 million tortillas daily, you would need 2.8 days of US tortilla consumption to achieve this amount of pressure.```
 Subject: Re: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas From: nowaydude-ga on 08 Sep 2006 03:01 PDT
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 Subject: Re: Pressure to create diamonds - weighed in tortillas From: genktay-ga on 16 Oct 2006 12:17 PDT
 ```Thanks very much; I have never even heard of a "gigapascal." I am using this for a point I am making about pressure at a Tortilla Factory. Fun stuff!```