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Is this Noah's Ark?
Some people claim that this photo of a boat-shaped formation
near Mount Ararat in Turkey shows Noah's Ark.
If you know the Bible account, you know that Noah's Ark was
the huge boat that protected Noah and his family during the
yearlong flood that covered the whole earth. It landed on the
mountains of Ararat, which lie in extreme eastern Turkey.
Like the Bigfoot photo in this
series of DinosaurCam, this photo is
obviously not a dinosaur, and neither is it a fake. But because
of the spectacular claim that it may be Noah's Ark, you need to
know why it is not.
- The real Ark landed on “the mountains of Ararat.”
Mount Ararat consists of two mountains, or peaks, called Greater
Ararat and Lesser Ararat. This boat-shaped formation is on
neither of those mountains.
- The shape of this formation is like a modern fossilized boat,
but it does not fit the dimensions of
Noah's Ark given in the Bible (length six times its width).
The Bible says the width was 50 cubits (75 feet or 22.5 meters).
That means it was rectangular, not pointed at the ends, but you
can see the formation pictured is only a few meters wide at the
ends, not 50 cubits. This formation's width is all wrong.
- Bible-believing geologists have thoroughly examined this
object and found it is made of different types of rock. If it
were the Ark it would contain fossilized wood, but it doesn't.
Some people thought they found fossilized wood in it in the
1980s, but it turned out to be basalt (a volcanic rock).
- The streamlined, pointed shape of the rock formation is
unlike what Bible scholars and creationist scientists believe the
Ark was like. They believe the real Ark had squared-off ends. It
only had to float, and squared-off ends are the most stable
shape. The Ark was not going anywhere, because it was merely a
vessel for keeping alive the representative animals that God sent to Noah for
preservation. So pointed ends would not be practical.
- Other rock
formations in the area are the same shape as the formation above,
but they are of different sizes. The Turkish Air Force released
the photo at right that shows three similar “ark”
shapes on Lesser Mount Ararat. Supporters of the formation
pictured at the top of this page chose it only because its length
roughly matches the real Ark's length. They ignore the smaller,
similar geological formations. All these formations seem to have
formed when volcanic material flowed down the mountain.
Creation magazine published an exhaustive report by
respected Australian geologist Dr. Andrew A. Snelling in its
issue of September-November 1992. The 13-page report looked at
the claims of the late Ron Wyatt, who was the prime lobbyist for
this site's being the Ark. Dr. Snelling worked with other
creationist geologists who had examined the site, and the
overwhelming scientific opinion was that this rock formation is
not the Ark.
(Color photo: John Baumgardner. Black
and white photo: Turkish Air Force)