Many predictions of what happened in the past that invoke evolutionary models often times come out confusing and falsified. The Earth’s magnetic field has always been a great interest for creationists and evolutionists alike in the field of science. In 1995, something spectacular happened, it was thought to be impossible according to evolutionary models…
New Scientist reports…
“In 1995 an ancient lava flow with an unusual magnetic pattern was discovered in Oregon. It suggested that the field at the time was moving by 6 degrees a day – at least 10,000 times faster than usual. “Not many people believed it,” says Scott Bogue of Occidental College in Los Angeles.”
“Now Bogue and his colleague Jonathan Glen of the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, say they have found a second example in Nevada. The lava rock suggests that in one year, Earth’s magnetic field shifted by 53 degrees (Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2010GL044286). At that rate, a full flip would take less than four years, but there could be another interpretation. “It may have been a burst of rapid acceleration that punctuated the steady movement of the field,” says Bogue.”
Interesting to note, normally “punctuated equilibria” is something connected with biological evolution. Another explanation suggested the data in Nevada was merely local rather than global. Either way, it defies the model which is supposed to explain the behavior of the Earth’s Magnetic field. There is an alternative explanation to this phenomena namely, a worldwide flood!
The Earth’s Magnetic Field has also provided evidence for a young earth. Dr Thomas Barnes discovered in the 1970s using measures taken in the 1800s to his modern time that the field is decaying at 5% per century. Archaeological measurements also have shown that the field was 40% stronger in AD 1000 than in modern times. Using calculations of the decay rate, the earth couldn’t have been more than 10,000 years which is pretty close to the 6,000 years using the Bible and way off the evolutionist model of billions of years!
Despite more than a half a century of research evolutionary scientists have yet produced a workable model to an electric generator which is required to counter the decay rate data and preserve the old age framework that requires billions of years. Barnes’ using a young-earth argument says there is evidence that the magnetic field has reversed many times.
Of course evolutionists rejected Barnes proposal claiming it was invalid because it suggested the earth was young so they embraced their own model which suggested many thousands of years for reversals with intervals of millions of years. Dr Russell Humphreys another creationist thought Barnes was on the right track and modified the model so it would take into account for special effects of a liquid conductor, like the molten metal of the earth’s outer core. A huge contrast in models (between evolution and creationism) with their interpretations of data but many years later with new observations which scientists with their models do you think are closer to what we have observed in nature about the behavior of the earth’s magnetic field?
Dr Humphreys proposed a test for his model: magnetic reversals should be found in rocks known to have cooled in days or weeks. A thin flow of lava would cool first and record the earth’s magnetic field in one direction. Then the inside would cool later and record the earth’s magnetic field in the other direction. Just three years later after the prediction was made, some observations turned up by evolutionary researchers, Robert Coe and Michel Prévot who found a thin lava layer that must have cooled within 15 days, and had 90° of reversal recorded continuously in it. Eight years later, they reported an even faster reversal. The discovery was staggering news to them and the rest of the evolutionary community, but strong evidence for Humphreys’ model!