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G811:  The earth's magnetic field is decaying, indicating a young earth


Edited by Greg Neyman



Numerous young earth creationists claim that the earth's magnetic field is decaying.  If you examine its rate of decay, and calculate its strength in the past, it was too strong 25,000 years ago, therefore the earth must be less than this age


Source: Kent Hovind, Thomas Barnes, others



  1. The decay is not exponential as claimed.  The decay is at a steady straight-line rate

  2. The field has varied in the past, getting stronger and weaker through time, and reversing in polarity.  The current decay is a natural part of this fluctuation, and it will eventually reverse and get stronger

  3. Barnes study relied on obsolete models of the earth's interior, yielding his findings obsolete

  4. Barnes did not measure the total magnetic field strength.  He measured the dipole component.  This component can fluctuate, while the total field strength remains unchanged


For more Reading:

Talk Origins Article

Is the Earth's Magnetic Field Young?



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