Corroboration of Recent Catastrophism by Radiocarbon 14 Dating Corrections

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Radio Carbon 14 Dating dendritic correction curve

Radiocarbon dating is meant to determine the time since the death of a living plant or animal, up to about 25,000 years. The Earth’s atmosphere currently contains a known ratio of radioactive 14C to the stable isotope 12C both in the form of carbon dioxide. When living plants or animals die, they cease to ingest the atmospheric carbon dioxide and the radioactive isotope in their bodies begins to decay. Because the half-life of 14C is known (5960 years), the ratio 14C/12C theoretically allows the calculation of the time since the death of the organism. The fundamental assumption on which this method is based, is that the ratio of radioactive carbon 14 to normal carbon 12 in the atmosphere has remained constant from ancient times to the present.

Since the 14C in the atmosphere is continually decaying, the only way in which the amount can remain constant is that it is continually being produced in the atmosphere at the same rate. This production is thought to be the result of a two-stage process. In the first, high energy particles from the sun split the nuclei of atoms in the upper atmosphere and release neutrons. In the second, some of these neutrons enter the nuclei of Nitrogen (14N) atoms, the most plentiful of the atmospheric gases, and eject a proton, producing 14C, which quickly becomes incorporated into carbon dioxide gas.

However, arcaeologists have come to realize that there are large systematic errors in the basic radiocarbon dating of ancient remains. These imply significant changes in the atmospheric ratios of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. By using alternate dating methods, such as matching unusual patterns of tree rings in a sequence of trees, it has been possible to determine corrections that must be applied to the basic method, as a function of age. These are shown by the curve in Figure 1. The slope is zero from about 700 BC to the present, indicating that the atmosphere has remained constant during the modern era, but from approximately 3687 to 687 BC there is a pronounced slope. This shows that a definite change was taking place in the entire atmosphere of the Earth during that period.

Modern science provides no explanation of the cause of this systematic change in radiocarbon ages throughout this period. More significantly, they fail to recognize the profound nature of a process capable of changing the entire atmosphere of the Earth in a few thousand years. Such a change would have to be of global proportions, such as an extended close encounter with another planet with a different atmosphere. But the uniformitarian paradigm under which modern science labors, blinds them to this possibility.

Fig.2 Orbits of Earth, Mars and proto-Venus between Mars’ geostationary encounters geostationary encounters showing capture and release points.

The original two encounters with Venus which triggered the Vedic period occurred roughly 6000 years ago (4000 BC). The result of these two destructive encounters, which killed off the dinosaurs, was related in Genesis 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”    This event was  followed by one hundred 30-year  encounters  with the ancient living planet, Mars (with an atmosphere, oceans, vegetation) which continued from 3687 until 687 BC.  Each geostationary encounter lasted 14.4 years, following by a period of 15.6 years when Mars was in a planetary orbit, which crossed that of the Earth, resulting in each entire cycle of 30-years. The difference in these periods was due to the fact that the captures of Mars took place around Nov. 1 and the releases at the vernal equinox (March 21) – the two points at which their orbits intersected. Figure 2.

How does this hypothesis fit the data? The graph in Figure 1 shows the deviation of the true ages from those calculated from the radiocarbon method alone. Note that the corrections change monotonically from 3700 to about 687 BC. This is exactly the period of the planetary encounters which Cyclic Catastrophism has been determined completely from the Rg Veda, Egyptian, Greek and Old Testament Bible (Tanakh).  For example, a single verse, Isaiah 38:8 “Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”  This describes the reorientation of the lithosphere of the Earth, which took place at one capture of Mars in geostationary orbit at the death of Ahaz and 14.4 years later, the release of Mars, at the time the prophecy was made to Hezekiah.

Also, the Lord acknowledged when the last encounter took place, 687 BC, in Isaiah 65:17 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”
The definite slope of the correction curve implies that during this period the entire atmosphere of the Earth was undergoing change.  Before 3700 BC there were no big changes in the atmosphere of the Earth. The more ancient data, for which much less data is available may be the result of the chaotic Younger Dryas, at which time cyclic catastrophsim suggests the Earth’s Moon was captured –  a very traumatic period when many species of animals became extinct.

The correlation of the global atmospheric and magnetic field orientation changes with the events and dates of the cosmic encounters, based on completely independent ancient texts, detailed in the cyclic catastrophism scenario are striking. The dating errors could have resulted from changes in the concentrations of both carbon dioxide and nitrogen, from which the 14C is thought to be produced. The important thing to note is that the corrections only change during the Vedic Period, and earlier in the Younger Dryas, both periods in which the cyclic catastrophism scenario claims there were ongoing cosmic interactions with the Earth.

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.  To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.          Albert Einstein

~ by Angiras on June 9, 2008.

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