Radiohalos and Diamonds: Are Diamonds Really for Ever?
by Mark H. Armitage, M.S. and Andrew A. Snelling, Ph.D.
In A. A. Snelling (Ed.) (2008). Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Creationism (pp. 323–334). Pittsburgh, PA: Creation Science Fellowship and Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research.
Radiohalos were first reported in diamonds more than a decade ago. Since that time little work has been done to locate other radiohalo-bearing diamonds, to explain the origin of the radiohalos, or evaluate their significance. We conducted a search for such diamonds secured from a variety of sources and identified radiohalos containing one, three and four rings, as well as strange features in the form of twisted crystalline “tubes.” New data suggest a radiohalo annealing temperature in diamond above 620oC. We offer an explanation for the radiohalos and for the “tubes” in these diamonds in terms of a hydrothermal fluid transport model for Po radiohalo formation.
Radiohalos, Diamonds, Diamond inclusions, Zircons, Polonium, Kimberlite, Hydrothermal fluids, Cleavages
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