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2/14/17

The Earth Magnetic Field: Biblical artifacts provide reassurance about Earth's magnetic field- by Bradley J. Fikes

More than 2,700 years ago, the Assyrian king Sennacherib invaded the biblical kingdom of Judah, spreading destruction nearly to Jerusalem before withdrawing.

The Assyrians boasted they had shut in Judah’s King Hezekiah “like a bird in a cage”. The Bible says an angel slew Sennacherib’s troops.

Modern historians say Hezekiah’s crafty diversion of Jerusalem’s water supply also played a role.
Neither king — nor anyone else alive then — could have known the Earth’s protective  magnetic field was rapidly weakening. The field diminished by 27 percent in three decades.

The event, unprecedented in 100,000 years, may shed light on the current state of the Earth’s diminishing field, which protects us (and satellites) from dangerous cosmic radiation. It may even provide clues to geophysicists about how the magnetic field is generated in the first place.

Read more: Biblical artifacts provide reassurance about Earth's magnetic field - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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