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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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  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:10 am on Wed, Mar 12, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2111

    I looked. Repeated expeditions have only turned out minor wood pieces that are not conclusive in any way. One theory is that the Ark was caught in the glacier on the MT and ground to scraps. "Photographic" evidence from space is weak at best.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:42 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Walters...remember the Earth was flat back in those days, so the flood waters just drained off the edges!!

    Seriously, there is a flood story from just about every early civilization - similar to a creation myth (story) in every culture. The flood stories, of course, vary in time, place, reason, etc., but Mr. Paglia could be correct. This myth just might stem from some physical disaster - like every myth, the story of Noah is an attempt to explain what was unexplainable to early cultures.

    I would think that by now someone would have (or maybe has) checked out the Mt. Ararat "ark" discovery. Haven't looked to see if anyone has. Anyone?

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 2:50 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2111

    "If that would be the case, God is the biggest mass murderer of all times, nice guy."

    As a general principle I rarely get into theological debates with people who have an axe to grind.

    That said major cultures from around the world have a very similar story as Noah and the Flood. If you don't think it can rain for 40 days and nights, then you have never lived in the Northwest ( a joke).

    I threw out the Deluge of the Black Sea because in my mind that is the most likely culprit of the flood stories. Other theories have been thrown out to explain this, a massive under water eruption that vaporized a large volume of ocean water. There is a theory called Hyrdo-plating suggesting the water was forced out of the Earth Crust in a sudden event, though this theory is proposed by creationists and lacks real science there is a massive amount of water stored in the Crust and something could have caused a sudden release of it, and then it is reabsorbed into the crust. There is even the theory that a comet strike may have caused it.

    There WAS a massive flood, what caused it is the only question.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Paglia: I read what David Diskin posted, I suggest you read it also, some information that proves the flood of Bibical times never happened. The Black Sea theory, maybe. I might go along with, there is no way the earth could have been flooded by water kiling every man, woman and child along with all the animals, the only survivors would be the fish. That story of raining 40 days and nights never happened, a fable. If so, where did all the water that covered the earth go, storm drain? If that would be the case, God is the biggest mass murderer of all times, nice guy.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:57 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2111

    There is another possibility, Mr Walters. The Black sea Deluge.

    I a nutshell, a massive amount of water built up in the Black sea basin. When a land dam broke all the water rushed out an flooded the "world", or the KNOWN world at the time. There is potential that the flood started the Ark on it's way and the Black Sea Deluge resulted in a wave capable of depositing the large boat on a tall mountain top. I don't think Mt Ararat, but something in the area.

  • Ed Walters posted at 8:23 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Mr. Diskin: I read what you posted, almost sounds like what I posted, where did the water go when it reseeded. One of the reading makes God out to be a mass murderer by killing everything on earth. Truly a fable. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:01 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    If Mt. Ararat at one point is over 12,000 high, ( above sea leavel ) evidently the entire earth was flooded and had water to that point as water will seek its own level. Also meaning that everyone on earth drowned, even people on the other side of the globe that had little interest about God and wonder why they were murdered. Makes me wonder if the Arc floated around for 6 months after the rain stopped, two subjects come to mind, what did the conavors eat, and on the other hand what did the grazers eat? How did Noah and his family survive, must have been difficult for the animals that lived on the other side of the planet get back to their home land, and the biggest question of all is, if the water level was over 12,000', where did all the water go? Totally a fable, if so, we would all be decendents of Noah and his family, truly a fable.

  • David Diskin posted at 4:40 pm on Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    Here's more about the story of Noah and his ark:



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