[文摘] Is the Wood Recently Found on Mt. Ararat from the Ark?

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  1.  Is the Wood Recently Found on Mt. Ararat from the Ark?
  2.  最近在亞拉臘山發現的木樣本是否來自方舟?
  3.  最近在亚拉腊山发现的木样本是否来自方舟?

The Australian creationist archeologist  Andrew A. Snelling explains that genuine antediluvian  woods need to give us a C-14 date between 20,000 years and 50,000 years in order to be actually from biblical Noah‘s time, which is 4,500 years before today.

This is because the assumption that C-14 atoms were produced at the same rate in the earth’s atmosphere 4,500 years ago as they are today is simply untenable.

  • The earth’s magnetic field is known to  have been stronger in the past than by now. 1,400 years ago it is believed to be twice as strong as it is today, and the production of C-14 atoms in the earth’s atmosphere was half of what it is today. (C-14 atoms are produced from nitrogen atoms in the earth’s upper atmosphere today as a result of the bombardment of the earth by cosmic rays from outer space, and the stronger the earth’s protective shield is, the less that C-14 atoms are produced.)
  • Therefore, since the amount of C-14 atoms in the atmosphere was much less back at the time of the Flood and beforehand due to a stronger magnetic field, then these C-14 dates for these fossilized woods, calculated assuming the same number of C-14 atoms available in the atmosphere back then as today, would be grossly inflated.
  • Additionally, animals and plants were far more prolific in the pre-Flood world than in today’s world. We know this from the huge quantities of plants buried in today’s coal beds and from the incredible numbers of creatures found fossilized in limestones and other rock layers in the geologic record of the Flood. Studies indicate that the amount of carbon in the animals and plants of the pre-Flood world could have been 300–700 times more than that in our present world. But the vast majority of them were normal C-12, which swamped whatever small amount of C-14 was present in the pre-Flood world. In other words, the C-14/total-C ratio in the plants and animals of the pre-Flood world would have been 300–700 times smaller than the same ratio today. Thus C-14 ages calculated assuming the C-14/total-C ratio found today, rather than using the 300–700 times smaller ratio of the pre-Flood world, would be grossly inflated.

Conclusion?

The wood samples discovered on Mt. Ararat and presented by the Chinese-Turkish team to have supposedly come from recent (modern) to 6,891±4,647 years, tested by the conventional radiocarbon laboratories, CANNOT be the remains of the Ark.

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