Monday, November 25, 2013

Warning—Earth’s Magnetic Field Seems to be Weakening


The shrinking magnetic field could be evidence for a young Earth.

Summary:  Three satellites have been launched from a Russian cosmodrome by the European Space Agency with the purpose of helping to answer an important question—why does the Earth’s magnetic field appear to be weakening? The mission, known as the Swarm project, sent the three satellites into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 304 miles (490 kilometers). 

The data Swarm will be collecting for the next four years will help scientists clear up their relatively fuzzy understanding of the magnetic field which scientists say is weakening and could all but disappear in as little as 500 years. If this is true it could indicate the magnetic field is reversing. Scientists say the geological record suggests the magnetic field has reversed every “250,000” years. Because the last such event happened “800,000” years ago, another reversal is overdue.

Although hard to predict, the consequences may be huge. Communication satellites could be affected by solar winds, and the oil industry may have a harder time getting readings from the magnetic field to guide their drills. Most important of all, the magnetic field shields life on Earth from dangerous solar radiation while helping some animals to migrate.

"Swarm is an essential mission, not only for Europe but also for the world," ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said. "We cannot live on planet Earth without this (magnetic) shield."

(Photo of an Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, which is caused when particles from the sun react with the magnetic field, from Wikimedia Commons.)

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Comment:  Creationist scientists seem to agree the shrinking magnetic field is real and is evidence that the Earth can’t be millions of years old. Some research has found the magnetic field is decaying 5% each century and would have been 40% stronger in AD 1000 compared to today. Creationist physics professor Dr Thomas Barnes proposed that the decaying electric current in the earth’s metallic core is responsible for the magnetic field. If he is right, this current would have been strong enough more than 10,000 years ago to have melted the Earth. Barnes’s ideas for the most part have been supported by physicist Dr Russell Humphreys.

Evolutionist scientists have countered Barnes with the evidence that the magnetic field has reversed several times in the past. However, their model needs thousands of years for each reversal, and some mainstream scientists have found evidence in rocks that these reversals can happen extremely fast.

The biggest issue here is what the shrinking magnetic field might be doing to our health. We know radiation isn’t good for us, harmful in many ways. Perhaps the thicker magnetic field in early times might be part of the answer as to why people before the Flood tended to live much longer lives. Perhaps the shrinking magnetic field presently can be used as a warning to get our spiritual houses in order. We should not lose faith in God’s ability to protect us, but we also must remember we are not going to live forever in this world. We can live forever in the world to come, but only if we have received forgiveness for our sins which assuredly comes through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (Acts 13:38).

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What other health benefit besides protection against the flu does the flu vaccine provide?

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Source: Bottom Line Personal (11/15/13)

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