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Is This The Real Noah's Ark, Found At Last? The Mystery Of The "Ararat Anomaly"
TooGood Reports ^ | 4/15/02 | Isaiah Flair

Posted on 04/16/2002 12:12:59 PM PDT by Good Tidings Of Great Joy

It may be exactly what millions of people believe that it is. If so, it is the greatest archaeological find in centuries.

Its official name is "The Ararat Anomaly".

An independent correlation of maps of the region with information released in 1995 by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency places the Ararat Anomaly at "approximately 39 42' 10" N 044 16' 30" E at an elevation of approximately 14-15,000 feet and approximately 2.2 KM horizontal distance west of the summit".

It is located by the Ahora Gorge, near the summit of Mt. Ararat, in Turkey. Turkey, in turn, is bordered by the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

The October 2001 American Journal of Archaeology attested to massive flooding in the region 7,500 years ago, noting that the Black Sea was "abruptly filled by waters from the Mediterranean when the Bosporus was cut by rising world sea levels."

Mt. Ararat itself is of volcanic origin, glaciated and covered with ice and loose rocks. Expeditions, while not impossible, are dangerous due to frequent avalanches. Indeed, an avalanche in 1840 destroyed a 500-year-old monastery, which had in turn preserved many of the artifacts that had been discovered in the area.

The weather is also treacherous. Mt. Ararat is a magnet for thunderstorms. The resulting inclement weather often impedes progress towards the summit. On the other hand, locals say that the storms result in beautiful rainbows.

Kurdish rebels tend to shoot at foreigners seeking to explore Mt. Ararat, a not-unimportant fact which has dissuaded many from pursuing the facts about whatever it is up there.

On June 17, 1949, a United States Air Force plane flew a then-classified aerial photographic mission over Mt. Ararat. The pilot, to his surprise, recorded two images of the Ararat Anomaly — a linear, oddly symmetrical shape approximately 600 feet in length, with roughly 90 feet of that length protruding clearly from out of the snow and ice.

Whatever it was appeared to be damaged.

The pilot also recorded three pictures of a second anomaly, smaller, and similar in shape, nearby. It was speculated that something had been split in half, or more exactly into a 2/3 part and a 1/3 part by one or more of Mt. Ararat´s frequent avalanches. The smaller part may have, according to more recent United States Government satellite images of the Ararat Anomaly, slipped into the Ahora Gorge.

The Ahora Gorge is a full mile wide, and reportedly miles deep. It may hold quite a few answers.

These findings were accentuated by the pictures taken between October of 1999 and the summer of 2000 by the Ikonos 2 Satellite, which resolves images as small as one meter across.

From the 1949 pictures, per the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analysis thereof released in 1995, there are from the front of the surviving 2/3, now known as the Ararat Anomaly, three giant, prong-like structures, akin to what might be found in an ancient marine vessel. Similar structures were similarly identified in images of the smaller anomaly, the 1/3 of the original that may be lost to the depths of the Ahora Gorge.

Nearby, on Parrot Glacier, French explorer Fernand Navarra found a five-foot long piece of carefully hand-crafted wood.

Published reports confirm that the hand-crafted piece of wood found by Navarra was submitted to the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, the Forestry Institute of Research and Experiments of the Ministry of Agriculture in Madrid, Spain and the Department of Anthropology and Prehistoric Studies at the University of Bordeaux in France.

The age of the hand-crafted piece of wood was determined to be in excess of 5,000 years old.

The site where it was found was only a few hundred meters from the site of the 1949 U.S. Air Force pictures.

However, Navarra was unaware of those pictures when he submitted his discovery: those pictures remained classified until 1982. Navarra independently made his discovery in the same area on July 5, 1955.

And then, finally, there is the interesting report of proto-Sumerian pictographs found on a rock from a cave near Mt. Ararat´s Ahora Gorge, as reported in the National Geographic Society's publication, Research & Exploration, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1994, p. 484.

The pictographs refer to the covenant of the bright bow and add "let man and woman go forth and procreate".

The pictographs, collectively, are known as the "Ahora Covenant Inscription".

Notwithstanding all of that... the central question, of course, is whether what has been officially recognized as "The Ararat Anomaly" is — or was — a boat.

More specifically, a very, very ancient boat which set forth thousands of years ago, through torrential rains, into the deepening water of a great deluge, alighting on dry land after forty days and forty nights...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: ark; bible; boats; christianity; crevolist; defensedepartment; facts; faith; godsgravesglyphs; history; middleeast; mountains; mysteries; noah; noahsark; religio
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1 posted on 04/16/2002 12:12:59 PM PDT by Good Tidings Of Great Joy
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To: Good Tidings Of Great Joy
The flooding of Euxine Lake may have been impressive, but would it splash a boat 2.5 miles up onto the side of a mountain?
2 posted on 04/16/2002 12:16:36 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Good Tidings Of Great Joy
pics?
3 posted on 04/16/2002 12:18:39 PM PDT by camle
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To: camle
There are only a few pics of the Ararat Anomaly. The Discovery Channel did a wonderful special on the anomaly, but it left a great many questions needing to be answered.
4 posted on 04/16/2002 12:21:57 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: camle
Try here
5 posted on 04/16/2002 12:23:25 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom

6 posted on 04/16/2002 12:25:36 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: camle
One last site.

The Search for Noah's Ark

8 posted on 04/16/2002 12:27:44 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: freedombelle
FYI
9 posted on 04/16/2002 12:28:17 PM PDT by tinacart
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To: RikaStrom
thanx teach, but I still don't see anything convincing. You, or someone else must eludicate me, but I need more resolution. if these cams can do one meter resolution, we should see a much more convinging image.
10 posted on 04/16/2002 12:30:23 PM PDT by camle
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To: camle
Here's one...

From: SPACE.COM

11 posted on 04/16/2002 12:31:33 PM PDT by in the Arena
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To: Good Tidings Of Great Joy
If it's Noah's ark, I'll eat my hat.
12 posted on 04/16/2002 12:32:02 PM PDT by Junior
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To: in the Arena
thanx. seen it. could be wierd rocks for all I know.

OK, OK! so I'm a skeptic. Doubting Thomas was too, and he went to heaven.

13 posted on 04/16/2002 12:32:30 PM PDT by camle
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To: camle
The lack of elucidation is what annoyed me with the special on Discovery too.

Here is another photo, not quite as bright as the one above. What really annoys me is that with the spy satellite capabilities we have, why can't we focus one of them on this anomaly for long enough to get a really good picture taken? Or perhaps they have, and choose not to release the picture. Who knows.


14 posted on 04/16/2002 12:34:15 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: lexcorp
Followed by "WWII Bombers found on the Moon."
15 posted on 04/16/2002 12:34:30 PM PDT by AdA$tra
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To: RikaStrom
well.. don't get me wrong, but I've seen quite a lot of thest pics in my travels, and still nothing to convinve me. Whilst some pics certainly would beg for a follow up, I remain unconvinced. but since I already et, my hat is safe for the moment:-)
16 posted on 04/16/2002 12:35:53 PM PDT by camle
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To: camle
I'm a skeptic also...

All these reports every few years peak peoples interest...someone's making money on this deal...

17 posted on 04/16/2002 12:37:40 PM PDT by in the Arena
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To: in the Arena
I gota a better idee - why not lets go ourselves and see? OR send someone who has their health, and vid the whole trip? Hmm... wonder if my finadvisor would allow me to do something this odd...
18 posted on 04/16/2002 12:38:59 PM PDT by camle
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To: lexcorp
If there were an ark, it would have been disassembled and the wood used in dwelling units, especially in a region where all the trees had been smashed into toothpicks and washed away.
19 posted on 04/16/2002 12:39:14 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: RikaStrom
why can't we focus one of them on this anomaly for long enough to get a really good picture taken?

You can order up an Ikonos image of anything you want. You just have to pay for it... It isn't cheap. And governments have more pressing interests.

AB

20 posted on 04/16/2002 12:40:17 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard
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