C14 dating diamonds

Petroleum, having been dead for hundreds of millions of years, has essentially no C14.Young-earth creationism is not just a denial of evolution, it's a denial of basic principles of physics and engineering that are used on a daily basis all over the world with great success.

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In fact, the experiments cited by the creationists appear to be attempts to establish the measurement error of there equipment.

Older carbon dating techniques directly detected decays of C14 atoms.

arth) research project at the Institute for Creation Research, co-sponsored by the Creation Research Society, some of the research effort was focused on investigating radiocarbon (carbon-14) dating.

This is one of the radioactive dating methods, but because carbon-14 decays relatively rapidly it only provides “ages” in the range of tens of thousands of years.

This is because after that many generations of decay, there's so little left it's indistinguishable from background C14 or contamination.

So if people are just the slightest bit sloppy in their technique, they won't be able to accurately date anything older than 55,000 years anyway.1.

Mass spectroscopy, like any man-made measurement, is not perfect. It doesn't take much contamination to spoil a sample with near-zero quantity of C14. Nearby radioactive material could trigger exactly the same C14 production process from nitrogen as occurs in the upper atmosphere, albeit at a much reduced rate.

In particular, given a pure sample of C12, I suspect a mass spectrometer would indicate that a non-zero amount of C14 present. Creationists pounce on this explanation as meaning all carbon 14 readings are suspect. While that same level of contamination (if this is the explanation) will add some error to the dating of some reasonably aged sample, the error will be small -- so long as the sample is not too old. Another possible avenue is C13, which has a small but non-zero neutron absorption cross section.

Well yes, it all gets a bit messy when trying to fight science with "science".

If they are going to use diamonds as "evidence" then what about all the actual geological evidence of a 4.5 billion year old earth?

I've had a couple long-running debates with my father, one major topic being creationism.

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