42  Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS)

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With a state-of-the-art accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) it should be possible to analyze up to 90,000 years old carbon-containing material (graphite, marble, anthracite and diamonds). However, to date, not one single type of material has been found with a radiometric age to exceed 71,000 years. These age figures, which are far too low for the conventional doctrine, are explained with contamination. However, great efforts have not been able to prove such contamination. Moreover, it is imaginable that less radioactive carbon (C-14) was present in the primordial Earth atmosphere. If so, the materials studied would have to be classified as even younger.

The carbon isotope C-14 has a half-life of 5,730 years. It decays to form nitrogen. Conclusions regarding the age of a specimen can be made by measuring the ratio of C-14 to C-12 in a material containing carbon. Specimens older than 90,000 years will no longer contain any measurable quantity of C-14. Nevertheless, various carbon specimens that are allegedly between 34 and 311 million years old (1) still contain 0.1 to 0.46% C-14. This corresponds to a maximum radiometric age of 57,000 years.

If the Earth’s magnetic field was stronger in the earlier days of the Earth (which can be assumed) (2), even these 57,000 years are estimated too high. A stronger global magnetic field would effectively reduce the cosmic radiation thereby producing less C-14. It can therefore be assumed that at the beginning, less C-14 was contained in the specimens.  

Tests on diamonds:
Diamonds are particularly interesting for such tests. Astrophysicist Larry Vardiman and his team tested twelve different diamonds originating from five different locations. The average C-14 content was 0.09% corresponding to a maximum age of 58,000 years (3). According to conventional geology, however, the diamonds would have had to be up to three billion years old. However, if they were even approximately this old, they should no longer contain any traces of C-14. The objection that the specimens were contaminated in the course of time hardly applies for diamonds. According to present knowledge, diamonds cannot be contaminated (4).

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(1) Larry Vardiman, Andrew A. Snelling, Eugene F. Chaffin, Radioisotopes and the age of the Earth, Vol. 2, Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA, 2005, pages 605–606.
(2) Russel Humphreys, The Earth’s magnetic Field is young, impact No. 242, August 1993
(3) Don DeYoung, Thousands … not Billions, Challenging an Icon of Evolution, Master Books, 2005, pages 46–62.
(4) Vardiman, page 609

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