Noah's ark satellite image on Mt. Ararat?


    Ok, so it’s “the size of the largest modern aircraft carrier.”

    An ice covered rock ledge? Shadows?  “…(T)he shape of the anomaly appears to fit on a circle?”

    Where are those license plate reading satellites when we need them?

  • Looks like a giant submarine to me.

  • They should get Leonard Nimoy back out and do another “in search of” segment on that. Totally bogus!

  • Complete and total bull. If Noah’s Ark was stuck in a glacier on Mount Arafat, then the glacial ice would have pushed it down to the ground by now. People have been searching Arafat for thousands of years and the best they could find was a piece of wood carbon dated to Roman times.

    Not to mention that if every drop of H20 on earth was melted and placed in the ocean, we’d see about a 60 foot rise in water levels. Thats not exactly global flood levels.

    Oh… and an aircraft carrier wouldn’t come close to fitting every species in the world on it. I think someone posted here that the size of the boat was calculated to be roughly the size of Europe.

  • Yea and not to mention >>>THEIR WAS NOT ANY FLOOD OF THE EARTH EITHER!  Water doe not just rise up over MT. Everest because it rains for 40 days straight. If all the water ice melted it would only raise the water level about 80-100 feet and not 30,000 feet. Even if the crap was possible how does the water “drain” into the earth. Somebody watched too much Art Bell on acid when they made up that story.

  • Ararat… not Arafat (one is a mountain, one is a dead terrorist)

    Also, has anyone else read the evidence pertaining to the “global flood” myth being the breach of the soutehrn end of the Red Sea as that tectonic rift openned and that very fertile valley flooded?  Geologic time frame is circa 10,000 BCE if memory serves.

    VERY interesting theory :-)

  • I’ve heard that too Switch. Before I get started, there is in fact a Mount Arafat, though not the one we’re talking of :) My bad.

    The Discovery Channel had an interesting theory on this matter. They combined the portion of Gilgamesh dealing with the flood with the Noah story. They theorized that Noah was a merchant with a boat on the Tigris or Euphrates river. He had a bunch of animals and goods on this ship. One day it starts raining like crazy, visibility is poor, and suddenly a flash flood comes. The merchant gets on his ship with his goods, animals, and family and are swept down river. Come morning, they have been washed out to the Persian Gulf, but they don’t know it. When the clouds finally clear, land is nowhere in site. The merchant erroneously concludes that the world has flooded. Eventually, they wash ashore somewhere on the Arabian peninsula and start a new life, with Noah’s family and animals.

  • Well, the version I have heard relates to the marshes at the south end of the Rift Valley in what is nw the Red Sea.  It was below sea level, and contained a very fertile marsh land.  There were people living in this very fertile area, a culture that likely used small craft to move from one dry area in the marshes to another.  As the rift valley continued to open, the land barrier at the soutehrn end would have become overtaxed and subsided, and the Indian Ocean would have begun to pour in to the much lower rift valley.  The myth is that a herder, after receiving some kind of warning of the “topping” of the dam on the south end of the valley by the Red Sea took his herds, etc., loaded them onto a boat, and ridden the rising waters to safety on (most likely) the eastern shore of the new Red Sea.

    This myth is a stretch though, because the Red Sea breached its soutehrn barrier sometime around the time of the last Ice Age.  So… if a “flood” myth does indeed originate with the actual flooding of the Red Sea Rift Valley, it would be the oldest myth known, with an origin that dates to the beginnings of Cro-Magnon and from the tiem of Neanderthal.

  • Imp Le,
    Noah’s Ark or a similar story is found in many BAB(Before Art Bell) civilizations.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if they found Battlestar Galactica(or sum such) on Mt. Arafat!! :-D

  • If they ever found the Galactica i would have destroyed it with my Baseships. Well count Baltar would have ordered it actually…

    “As you may know a Battlestar is no match for 3 Baseships” Baltar quote from episode: Living Legend

    The “ark” does not exist because Art Bell says it does exist and because Nimoy did a show about it. Thats totally proves the point.

    Just like the “flood” never happened because the bible says it happened. Only the opposite of that book has been demonstrated as true.

  • Most ancient societies have flood stories because they grew up around river deltas which flooded frequently. The Egyptians had the Nile, the Sumarians had the Tigris and Euphrates, the Indians had the Ganges, etc.

  • @El:

    Wouldn’t it be cool if they found Battlestar Galactica(or sum such) on Mt. Arafat!! :-D

    Maybe that is what happened to the Pegasus from the 1970’s series :-)  The explosion of the two Base Ships as it fle between them created a tear in the time-space continum and Pegasus was transported back to be entombed in ice on a moutain top in Turkey…

    Maybe that is also why we have not seen Lloyd Bridges in so long…


  • The Pegasus wasnt blown up… Cain fled the fleet because he didnt want to share his power with Adama. He tricked Adama into thinking he was blown up like he did before at the battle of Molokay 4 Yahren past. These issues were to be addressed in the second season but that was never realized ( according to a chat i had with the writers and Glen larson at Galacticon)

    BTW can i start a Battlestar Galactica thread? who dares me?  I know nearly everything about that show. ( no not the current stupid one… the original)

    I even have Baltars autograph and the great Imperious Leader Himself and his voice Patric Mcnee. I have met them all many times.

  • The ark wouldn’t still be wherever it landed. I fully believe in the flood, but I doubt that the ark would still be in a condition to be found.

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    It would depend on how fast it was preserved in an Ice “Container”…

    Yan, for God sakes, there were more then just “River Dwellers” who had flood legends: here is the full list of them and shows how close their legend is to the biblical account…


  • While I have no specific evidence of the Noah’s ark theory, the very small genetic diversity of humans has led some scientists to speculate that perhaps at some point long ago in human history, the human population dwindled to a few individuals before rebounding back to a large population.  (I read this story several months ago but I’m having trouble finding it again, I’ll try to find a link when I get more time).  The article went on to demonstrate some “bottleneck” in the human lineage almost definitely occured.

    It would not be unreasonable to speculate a flooding event could have depleted an already small population of humans perhaps when people only lived in central Africa.  A catastrophic event which killed perhaps 90% of the known world would certainly be remembered (through storytelling) for many, many generations.  Whether or not this was the only population of humans wouldn’t matter if the story continued even as the populations met and combined.  Could this type of event still be “remembered” through the story of Noah’s ark?  Hard to imagine a story continuing for hundreds of thousands of years…

    Edit: Found some links:

    From the article:
    Geneticists Lynn Jorde and Henry Harpending of the University of Utah proposed that the variation in human DNA is minute compared to that of other species; and that during the Late Pleistocene, the population was reduced to a small number of breeding pairs (no more than 10,000), resulting in a very small residual gene pool. Various reasons for this possible bottleneck have been postulated, the most popular is called the Toba catastrophe theory.‘human lineage bottleneck’

    From the article:

    There are many reasons to believe that there may
    have been a number of severe population size bottlenecks
    on the lineage leading to living humans, principally
    because of the many speciation events that must
    have occurred.


    Based on autosomal evidence
    from several gene systems, we may rule out such
    a bottleneck at times more recent than 1.5 Myr (this
    date, the time when significant expansion of the human
    range out of Africa first began, can be estimated from
    the autosomal data presented in table 1). No date more
    recent than this is compatible with known neutral nuclear
    variation. However, nonmolecular sources of information
    must become more important as we consider
    demographic events far in the past.
    Therefore, considered together, nuclear data allow
    bottlenecks within a narrow range around 2 MYA, a
    range of possibilities that is fully compatible with the
    fossil and archaeological records.

    Noah’s ark, a two-million year old story?

  • Interesting…

    More recent research has come out with a different hypothesis for the relatively limited genetic diversity:

    In essence, limited genetic variation is present today because of common but dispersed ancestry, which was “mixed” heavily.

  • Chengora,

    Interesting as well.  Certainly both these events (bottlenecks and large intermingling) could have taken place.  IMO, it is most likely they both did happen.

  • You know, I’ve wondered how this impacts sociobiological theories which in certain cases relies on genetic isolation.  In discussing gender roles, for example, the adaptationists argue that matriarchal societies emerged from either genetic (and to a lesser extent environmental) anomalies.  However, if genetic variation is fairly limited, then that wouldn’t account for the persistence and statistically significant presence of matriarchal structures, polyandry, etc.  Anyway, just rambling here, but I agree, I find that bottlenecks and large intermingling could both plausibly have taken place, but I don’t know how science today can disaggregate that.

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    Chengora, I would consider it situational occurence… If the women at the beginning expressed themselves domineeringly over the men, and the men refused to resist then their culture naturally adapted in that direction… Nurture wins… always… :wink:


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