Carbon 14 in Diamonds
Country: United States
Date: March 2009
Your answer regarding Carbon 14 dating of diamonds
was somewhat inadequate and I was hoping that you have come up with a
more thorough explanation. What are the possible reasons for the test
results that showed Carbon 14 in diamonds?
Carbon-14 gets included in all plant life through photosynthesis. Principle of
carbon-14 dating: carbon-14 decays to nitrogen always, but after plant death it
does not get replenished. Diamonds are relatively pure carbon that has been squeezed
and heated under extreme conditions. Presumably, some of the pre-diamond carbon
contained some carbon-14 isotopes.
It should be noted that the original response to this question was excellent and
certainly not inadequate as proposed in this question. Please re-examine the
original response again.
The author of the response offers the following source:
"Handbook of Isotopes in the Cosmos -- Hydrogen to Gallium"
by Donald Clayton (Cambridge University Press 2003).
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