God and carbon dating
After two half lives, a quarter is left; after three half lives, only an eighth; after 10 half lives, less than a thousandth is left.
Diamond is the hardest substance known, so its interior should be very resistant to contamination.
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Thus they probably formed at a depth of 100–200 km.
The book explains the basis for this method: “Radiocarbon is continuously created in the atmosphere through bombardment of nitrogen-14 (14N) by neutrons created by cosmic radiation.
14C, with a half-life of 5730 years, decays back to 14N …
That was the orthodox view of the Christian church for 1,800 years.
) is only 5,730 years—that is, every 5,730 years, half of it decays away.