As scientists will often claim something to be millions or billions of years old (ages that do not conform to the Biblical account of the age of the earth), Christians are often left wondering about the accuracy of the carbon-14 method.
The truth is, carbon-14 dating (or radiocarbon dating, as its also called) is not a precise dating method in many cases, due to faulty assumptions and other limitations on this method.
For every one trillion carbon-12 atoms, you will find one carbon-14 atoms.
The carbon-14 that results from the reaction caused by cosmic radiation quickly changes to carbon dioxide, just like normal carbon-12 would.
As with any radioactive isotope, carbon-14 decays over time.
The half-life of carbon 14 is approximate 5,730 years.
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However, evidence indicates that the opposite is true.
Experiments have been performed using the radioactive isotopes of uranium-238 and iron-57, and have shown that rates can and do vary.
The water in these subterranean chambers would not have contained carbon-14, as the water was shielded from cosmic radiation.