The diamonds’ carbon-dated ‘age’ of about 58,000 years is thus an upper limit for the age of the whole earth.
Again, this is entirely consistent with helium diffusion results reported above, which indicate the upper limit is in fact substantially less.
The landmark RATE paper, The paper looks at the various avenues a long-ager might take by which to wriggle out of these powerful implications, but there seems to be little hope for them unless they can show that the techniques used to obtain the results were seriously flawed. carbon-14, or has, over the years, commissioned and funded the radiocarbon testing of a number of wood samples from ‘old’ sites (e.g.
This appears to have been somewhat spectacularly supported when Dr Baumgardner sent five diamonds to be analyzed for C was present.
The diamonds, formed deep inside the earth, are assumed by evolutionists to be over a billion years old.
The C results are an independent but powerful confirmation of the stunning helium-diffusion results.
It looks like 2003 was a bad year for megachronophiles (lovers of long ages), but a good year for lovers of the Word of God.
Nevertheless they contained radioactive carbon, even though, if the billion-year age were correct, they ‘shouldn’t have’.
This is exceptionally striking evidence, because a diamond has remarkably strong lattice bonds (that’s why it’s the hardest substance known), so subsequent atmospheric or biological contamination should not find its way into the interior.
In another very important paper, scientists from the RATE group summarized the pertinent facts and presented further experimental data. This effectively limits the age of all buried biota to less than (at most) 250,000 years.
(When one takes into account the probability that before the Flood the ratio of radioactive to ‘normal’ carbon was much lower, C was primordial (existing from the very beginning), and not produced by cosmic rays—thus limiting the age of the entire earth to only a few thousand years.
The barrel represents the earth's atmosphere in which the carbon-14 accumulates.
The water leaking out the sides of the barrel represents the loss (mainly by radioactive decay) of the atmosphere's supply of carbon-14.
There must have been speeded-up decay, perhaps in a huge burst associated with Creation Week and/or a separate burst at the time of the Flood.