Activated Charcoal is carbon that has been treated to create small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption.Graphite (natural) appears as a mineral form of the element carbon. Hexagonal crystals or thin leaf-like layers. Steel-gray to black with a metallic luster and a greasy feel. An electrical conductor. Used for high-temperature crucibles, as a lubricant and in "lead" pencils.Carbon, animal or vegetable origin appears as a black powder or granular mixed with a tar or starch and water binder pressed into regular lumps or briquettes. Heats slowly and ignites in air especially if wet.