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Letter: A reader shares an old news article about Noah’s Ark

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Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:00 am

I found a news article that I had clipped out of the Lodi News-Sentinel on Feb. 22, 1974. The title above the article says, “Photos show Noah’s Ark.” Sen. Frank E. Moss, D-Utah, stated that photos taken by a U.S. satellite may be pictures of Noah’s Ark.

Sen. Moss told a meeting of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping that the photo made by the Earth Technology Satellite (ERTS) 450 miles above the Earth supports evidence that an object about 14,000 feet up on the side of Mt. Ararat in Asia Minor is the ark.

Moss said the location of the ark-like object is at about 14,000 feet, in the northeast quadrant of the mountain in a canyon fills with snow and ice, a location consistent with other sightings dating back several centuries.

Fernando Navarro Navarra, a French industrialist, and his son climbed Mt. Ararat and found hand-hewn wood in an ice pack near the 14,000-foot level on the 16,860 -foot high Great Ararat peak.

Berosus (475 B.C.) states that the inhabitants of the Ararat region are said to have scraped the covering pitch from the ark for talismans and antidotes.

Marco Polo, who traveled through that area, mentions the existence of the ark near the summit of Mt. Ararat.

Frederic Pavot, a Russian physician, in 1829 climbed Mt. Ararat and claimed to have found wood.

Archbishop Nouri, while serving for the source of the Euphrates in 1892, found what he described as the ark and stated that he entered the part jutting out of the ice.

Genesis 8:11 states, “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Ararat has two peaks, one is 16,800 feet high and the other is 12,400 feet high.)

Tom Baker


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