Carbon has many different forms. Nanoscale differences in the structures of the different forms give rise to their dramatically different properties.
Elemental carbon has many different structural forms, e.g. graphite, diamond, carbon nanotubes and buckyballs.
The forms of carbon differ in their nanoscale structure.
These nanoscale differences cause the different forms of carbon to have different properties at the macroscale.
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