The Age of the Earth I

The age of the earth is an important topic, since evolution requires long ages to be credible. When first proposed, evolution required a few million years, but as time passed and people learned more about the complexity of life, more and more time was needed for this theory. Evolutionists then gradually increased the theoretical age of the earth to about 5 billion years. If it is shown, that the earth and the universe aren’t billions of years, but only a few thousand years old, then evolution has a lost case.

Evolution requires an old earth, an old solar system, and an old universe. Nearly all informed evolutionists will admit that without billions of years their theory is dead.  (Walt Brown, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, p. 24.)

On other pages we have demonstrated why evolution couldn’t happen and didn’t happen; here we’ll prove that it didn’t have time to happen either.

There are a surprisingly large number of facts pointing to a young earth less than 10,000 years old. Here are some of the most important ones.
Magnetic Field Decay

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Earth’s Magnetic Field. Van Allen Radiation Belts.

The earth has a magnetic field generated by its internal electrical currents. This field protects the earth and its inhabitants from harmful solar radiation and also allows you to use a compass.

The strength of the magnetic field was first measured by Karl Gauss in 1835. Since then it has been measured every 10-15 years or so. These measurements show that the magnetic field is decaying exponentially, similarly to radioactive elements. The strength of the earth’s internal magnet has a half-life of 1400 years, which means it halves every 1400 years. This decay is very rapid. It means that, for example, 7000 years ago the magnetic field was 25=32 times stronger than now. Extrapolating back, we find that 20,000 years ago the electrical current would have been so strong that the earth could not have withstood the heat produced, and would have been totally liquefied. Therefore the earth is less than 20,000 years old.

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Strength of the Earth’s Magnetic Field Since 1835.

A comprehensive ESSA Technical Report gives the values of the earth’s magnetic dipole moment (the vector which gives the strength and direction of the magnet) ever since Karl Gauss made the first evaluation in 1835… These reliable data clearly show this relatively rapid decay. The report stated that on a straight line basis the earth’s magnetic field would be gone in the year 3991 AD. But decay is exponential and in this case has a half-life of 1400 years.  (Thomas G. Barnes, University of Texas, “Depletion of the Earth’s Magnetic Field”)

A satellite called Magsat, designed to study the earth’s magnetic field, was launched by NASA in October 1979. Magsat orbited the earth for eight months and gathered additional evidence of the earth’s decreasing magnetic field.

If one computes the magnetic field strength back in time 10 thousand years, the earth’s magnetic field would have been as strong as that of some magnetic stars. The reasonable assumption has been made that the earth never had a magnetic field as strong as a star’s magnet.  (T.G. Barnes, “Earth’s Young Magnetic Age Confirmed”)

As the magnetic field energy decays, it is transformed into heat. The energy involved in this hypothetical extrapolation less than 30,000 years into the past would be sufficient to heat the entire earth to 5000oC (9032oF) and completely vaporize it by now. The earth obviously is not now either melted or vaporized. In the light of this analysis of the earth’s decaying magnetism observed for 130 years, extrapolation of earth history 4.5 billion years into the past leads to an absurdity. The evidence supports an earth history of not much more than 10,000 years.  (R.E. Kofahl and K.L. Segraves, The Creation Explanation, p. 194.)

Rotation of the Earth

The rotation of the earth, which is currently 1000 mph (1600 km/h) at the equator, is slowing down. This is caused by the gravitational drag of nearby celestial bodies, such as the sun, moon, and other factors. If it were billions of years old, the earth would already have stopped turning. Extrapolating back, 5 billion years ago our planet would have been spinning so fast, it would have been shaped like a flat pancake. Obviously the earth is not billions of years old.

Moon Recession

As the earth’s rotation is slowing down, the moon is gradually receding from earth. This fact has been observed since 1754. By measuring the speed of the recession and the moon’s distance from earth, we find that the earth-moon system cannot be old. Just 20-30,000 years ago the moon would have been so close to the earth, it would have fallen onto our planet.
Water Comets

3Scientists have discovered that comets are mainly composed of water in the form of ice. Photographs of the earth from satellites show that thousands of small comets strike the earth daily. As each of these comets vaporizes, more water is added to the earth. Scientific evidence indicates that if the earth were billions of years old, the oceans would have several times more water than they do now.

The Age of the Earth  II