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Noah's Ark Found? Company Claims Commercial Satellite Has Picture Proof
Space.com ^ | 4/26/04 | Space.com

Posted on 04/26/2004 7:13:00 AM PDT by Brett66

April 26

Noah's Ark Found? Company Claims Commercial Satellite Has Picture Proof

Satellite photos of Mount Aratat, Turkey taken by commercial imaging satellite company Digital Globe released today are said to contain proof of the existence of the biblical Noah's Ark.

The images, revealed at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (see right), are said to reveal a man-made structure at the site where the Bible states the vessel came to rest.

The claim was made by Daniel P. McGivern, president of Shamrock -- The Trinity Corporation, who according to a press release has been searching for the Ark for several years.

The first pictures of the site were taken by the U.S. Air Force in 1949. The images allegedly revealed what seemed to be a structure covered by ice, but were held in a confidential file labeled “Ararat Anomaly” for years. In 1997, the government released several of these images, but experts deemed them inconclusive.

McGovern's is not the first satellite search for the Ark. In 2002, Porcher Taylor, a senior associate (nonresident) at the prominent think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., also requested satellite imagery of the area to see if the mythical vessel truly existed.

The summer of 2003 provided a great opportunity to take a new series of photographs, according to the release, because it was the hottest summer in Europe since 1500. This caused a massive meltdown on Mount Ararat. McGivern used DigitalGlobe’s Quick Bird satellite to collect a new set of satellite images.

Click to view close-up of alleged proof of Noah's Ark

According to the press release, McGivern has put together a team of scientists, archaeologists and forensic experts to excavate the object and collect samples beginning in August of this year.

“These new photos unequivocally show a man made object,” McGivern is quoted as saying. “I am convinced that the excavation of the object and the results of tests run on any collected samples will prove that it is Noah’s Ark.”

The field manager for the excavation will be Dr. Ahmet Ali Arslan, a native of Turkey who has traveled up Mount Ararat 50 times in 40 years and formerly worked in the Turkey Prime Minister’s office. According to the release, Arslan plans to discuss the details of the excavation with the Prime Minister next week.



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ark; bible; catastrophism; flood; godsgravesglyphs; noah; noahsark
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1 posted on 04/26/2004 7:13:01 AM PDT by Brett66
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To: Brett66
aw geez not this @#! again!
2 posted on 04/26/2004 7:14:04 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: camle
same ole pictures of the same ole rocks.
3 posted on 04/26/2004 7:14:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: Brett66
Satellite photos of Mount Aratat, Turkey

Lost me right there....

4 posted on 04/26/2004 7:15:26 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Brett66; camle
This story has been resurfacing once in a while for over thirty years:

NOAH'S ARK GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
- IMPACT No. 47 May 1977
by John D. Morris*
© Copyright 2004 Institute for Creation Research. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.icr.org/pubs/imp/imp-047.htm

The search for Noah's Ark has many years been a source of fascination and intrigue for millions. The story has such appeal that the news media had always been anxious to report any news dealing with the Ark. These accounts have not always been factual or favorable, but they have been well circulated.

The first major splash was in 1883 when Turkish avalanche investigators claimed a discovery of the Ark. The world press so twisted and turned this story, however, and made such a sport of it, that those inclined to accept it were intimidated.

In 1940 the second major story hit the American public. The fictional account of Vladimar Roskovitsky was printed and reprinted in newspapers, magazines, books, tracts, etc. in spite of the fact that the author of the story claimed it was mostly false, built on only the barest of details supplied by the families of two of the deceased members of the reported Russian expedition.

During the '40s, the Ark continued to be in the news, with Air Force personnel claiming sightings from the air, a Kurdish peasant finding it by accident, and several expeditions raising support and making plans.

Fernand Navarra, the French climber, had his day in the spotlight when he displayed to the world an ancient piece of hand-tooled wood that he removed from a crevasse in the ice cap of Mt. Ararat. Later, in 1969, he returned with a team from SEARCH INC. and discovered other small pieces of wood in a nearby location.

In this decade, the publicity has been of a different sort. There have been numerous expeditions with many participants, most of whom consistently lecture and write on the subject, and few in this country are not aware to some degree that the search is current. Since 1972 ten books have been written on the subject, all of which have been good sellers. These books have varied in viewpoint, content and accuracy, but are all reasonably factual.

The Institute for Creation Research has always maintained a strictly ethical, legal and moral stand in its expeditions and its publications have strived for precise accuracy even though truth may not make such exciting reading. It is in that light that some of the more recent well known and circulated items must be discussed.

Satellite Photos
The first of the major news stories of this decade was the report on February 21, 1974, that a NASA satellite known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS, now known as LANDSAT) had photographed Noah's Ark from an altitude of 450 miles. The news was repeated in virtually every newspaper, and on every radio and television station.

Unfortunately, when examined by photographic experts, the object in question turned out not to be the Ark. It was many times too large and not at all in the area under consideration as the possible resting place of the Ark. NASA experts agree that the Ark, even if fully exposed, and under optimal conditions, would likely not be visible. In any case, they are certain that this object, located at about 6,000 elevation, is not the Ark.
5 posted on 04/26/2004 7:17:17 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Brett66
Call Geraldo!
6 posted on 04/26/2004 7:17:20 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Brett66
Looks like a bunch of ice and a rock to me.
7 posted on 04/26/2004 7:18:05 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: Brett66
They should have found this years ago what with all the arrows and red circle god left them. Sheesh, our scientists are slacking.
8 posted on 04/26/2004 7:19:20 AM PDT by chance33_98 (Shall a living man complain? Oh how much fewer are my sufferings than my sins;)
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To: Brett66
Excavate. Then we'll know for sure if it is just "ice and rocks".
9 posted on 04/26/2004 7:20:41 AM PDT by Sister_T (Democrats AND The Partisan Press are the REAL enemies to freedom in the world!)
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To: Brett66
Maybe we'll find out what gopherwood really is.

And exactally how log a cubit is.
10 posted on 04/26/2004 7:20:51 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Aesop never spoke about the persistent rabbit)
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To: Brett66
Is there some kind of explanation for the annotations on the picture.

I think I get the gist of what they're trying to show, but it is not even close to self explanatory.
11 posted on 04/26/2004 7:21:13 AM PDT by American_Centurion (Daisy cutters trump wiretaps everytime!)
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To: 2banana
"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed at the next zebra crossing.

Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book, 'Well That About Wraps It Up for God.'

12 posted on 04/26/2004 7:22:04 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: Brett66
"These new photos unequivocally show a man made object," McGivern is quoted as saying.

New levels of sublety added to the word "unequivocally".

13 posted on 04/26/2004 7:23:12 AM PDT by per loin (This tagline has not been censored!)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
gopherwood

The animal kingdom version of gore, previously know as gooberwood.

14 posted on 04/26/2004 7:26:32 AM PDT by chance33_98 (Shall a living man complain? Oh how much fewer are my sufferings than my sins;)
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To: Brett66
That looks more like the Loch Ness Monster than any Ark...
15 posted on 04/26/2004 7:26:54 AM PDT by Blzbba
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To: chance33_98
They should have found this years ago what with all the arrows and red circle god left them. Sheesh, our scientists are slacking.

FOFL!

16 posted on 04/26/2004 7:27:41 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Brett66
Is that picture Mars or Earth?

He must have a better picture than this one.
17 posted on 04/26/2004 7:28:49 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
The news was repeated in virtually every newspaper, and on every radio and television station.

Was the fact that it wasn't a big boat also reported in virtually every news outlet?

18 posted on 04/26/2004 7:29:25 AM PDT by ASA Vet (It will take a few more major hits here at home before we decide on war.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
How about we just paint it pink and slap a Somebody Else's Problem Field on it...
19 posted on 04/26/2004 7:31:16 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: 2banana
Thank you - that one made me laugh out loud!
20 posted on 04/26/2004 7:32:45 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: Brett66
[ Noah's Ark Found? Company Claims Commercial Satellite Has Picture Proof ]

I doubt it.. The Green Party will find OZ, first.

21 posted on 04/26/2004 7:35:25 AM PDT by hosepipe
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To: Brett66
Maybe we'll find out what gopherwood really is.
22 posted on 04/26/2004 7:42:38 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Aesop never spoke about the persistent rabbit)
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To: camle
How come those giant blue arrows and that red circle went unnoticed for so long?
23 posted on 04/26/2004 7:44:15 AM PDT by Killing Time
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To: Brett66
What's the hangup with getting a predator drone up there for closeups?
24 posted on 04/26/2004 7:47:16 AM PDT by judywillow
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To: Brett66
I like the photo's on this site and the story better ... anyone refuting that the ark has been found?

http://www.arkdiscovery.com/index2.htm
25 posted on 04/26/2004 7:51:47 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: Brett66
I dont know. They need to put a scale on the photo......in cubits.
26 posted on 04/26/2004 7:53:28 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (The new and improved CougarGA7.....firing for range, not effect.)
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To: Brett66
reveal a man-made structure at the site where the Bible states the vessel came to rest.

Did the Bible give the GPS coordinates? I must have missed that.

27 posted on 04/26/2004 8:02:34 AM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
And exactally how log a cubit is.

According to my "units" program, a "biblicalcubit" is 21.8 inches, and a "hebrewcubit" is 17.58 inches. That's a great deal of variance.

$ grep -i cubit /usr/share/units.dat
pied                    frenchfoot        #   Half of the hashimicubit,
irishcubit      18 irishinch
romancubit   18 romaninch    #   units.
egyptianroyalcubit      20.63 in    # plus or minus .2 in
egyptianpalm            1|7 egyptianroyalcubit
egyptianshortcubit      6 egyptianpalm
remendigit       1|40 doubleremen # side length of 1 royal egyptian cubit.
                                  # the royal cubit.
greekfeet               greekfoot     # Egyptian Royal cubit in [11].  It is
greekcubit              1.5 greekfoot # said to be 3|5 of a 20.75 in cubit.
homericcubit            20 greekfingers  # Elbow to end of knuckles.
shortgreekcubit         18 greekfingers  # Elbow to start of fingers.
olympiccubit            25 remendigit    # These olympic measures were not as
olympicfoot             2|3 olympiccubit # common as the other greek measures.
# "Northern" cubit and foot.  This was used by the pre-Aryan civilization in
northerncubit           26.6 in           # plus/minus .2 in
northernfoot            1|2 northerncubit
sumeriancubit           495 mm
kus                     sumeriancubit
sumerianfoot            2|3 sumeriancubit
assyriancubit           21.6 in
assyrianfoot            1|2 assyriancubit
persianroyalcubit       7 assyrianpalm
hashimicubit            25.56 in          # Standard of linear measure used
blackcubit              21.28 in
arabicfeet              1|2 blackcubit
arabicmile              4000 blackcubit
biblicalcubit           21.8 in
hebrewcubit             17.58 in

That didn't really format well, but it is interesting nonethelss.

28 posted on 04/26/2004 8:13:21 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: Brett66
Ark found?

Didn't you hear, it was found a few years ago .............


on Mars!

I saw that in one of those scandal rags once while at the checkout counter. I almost died laughing. Looking back, I really should have bought a copy and kept the cover. It was classic.

29 posted on 04/26/2004 8:17:00 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: zeugma
According to my "units" program, a "biblicalcubit" is 21.8 inches, and a "hebrewcubit" is 17.58 inches. That's a great deal of variance.

OK, so which is it?

30 posted on 04/26/2004 8:18:49 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Aesop never spoke about the persistent rabbit)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
gotta love dougie adams!
31 posted on 04/26/2004 8:21:35 AM PDT by Cronos (W2K4!)
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To: Brett66
Ahhh, that's OK - "We walk by faith and not by sight...."
32 posted on 04/26/2004 8:31:49 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Re: Noah's Ark Discovered

Well, one thing's for certain:

You'll find your green alligators, and long neck geese,some humpty back camels and some chimpanzees...your cats and rats and elephants - but sure as you're born - you're never gonna find no Unicorns.
33 posted on 04/26/2004 8:35:19 AM PDT by Rhetorical pi2
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To: Rhetorical pi2
You'll find your green alligators, and long neck geese,some humpty back camels and some chimpanzees...your cats and rats and elephants - but sure as you're born - you're never gonna find no Unicorns.

Boy that brings back memories. Thanks.
34 posted on 04/26/2004 8:48:34 AM PDT by tang-soo
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
OK, so which is it?

I don't know. Even the "biblicalcubit" is an estimate from what I understand. I say we split the difference and call it 19.69 inches. :-)

35 posted on 04/26/2004 8:53:15 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: zeugma
I say we split the difference and call it 19.69 inches.

"19.69, or 1969? Could it be just coincidence that the biblical measure used in building the Ark is also the date Man first landed on the moon? Could it be that ancient astronauts, or even time travelers, provided Noah the blueprints and technology to build the Ark? Could Eric Van Daniken be correct?

Tune in next week as 'In Search Of... My Dignity' examines this and other fascinating questions and theories. This... is Leonard Nimoy."

36 posted on 04/26/2004 9:09:11 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Brett66
It looks like a large wooden turlte to me.

Obviously, there is SOMETHING up there. But to assume its a boat, and Noah's Ark, no less, is stretching it.

But, I'll keep an open mind, and wait until they can actually check it out. Who knows?
37 posted on 04/26/2004 9:14:52 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: Brett66
Looks like the next plot for Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt.
38 posted on 04/26/2004 9:20:49 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: zeugma
My favorite that I wish I had, just to show my personal weirdness, is:
"Woman with Four Legs Opens Dance Studio"
39 posted on 04/26/2004 9:22:16 AM PDT by Geritol (Lord willing, there will be a later...)
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To: Brett66
odd that on a website dedicated to conservative discussion,
that creationism and a simple story about the ark should
consistently provoke such a flood (no pun intended) of
dismissive derision.
40 posted on 04/26/2004 9:31:46 AM PDT by smonk
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To: Jonah Hex
LOL
41 posted on 04/26/2004 10:23:54 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: Brett66

http://www.wyattmuseum.com

42 posted on 04/26/2004 1:51:58 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (-He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps-)
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To: smonk
odd that on a website dedicated to conservative discussion,
that creationism and a simple story about the ark should
consistently provoke such a flood (no pun intended) of
dismissive derision.


This might be explained by pointing out that conservativism, unlike creationism, does not entail checking one's brain at the door.
43 posted on 04/26/2004 3:32:33 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: judywillow
getting a predator drone up there

Emphasis on up. 3 miles.

44 posted on 04/26/2004 3:37:29 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Ping to read later.
45 posted on 04/26/2004 3:37:45 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Brett66; 2sheep; aculeus; Lijahsbubbe; hellinahandcart
More importantly, can they repair it in time?
46 posted on 04/26/2004 3:40:49 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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More tinfoil news. The 'ark' has been found so many times...
47 posted on 04/26/2004 3:42:09 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: VaBthang4
Was the ark made out of rock?
48 posted on 04/26/2004 3:46:14 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
Are you trying to rock the boat?

8-)

49 posted on 04/26/2004 4:04:01 PM PDT by mitch5501 (by the grace of God,I am what I am)
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To: PatrickHenry
Want to take a stab at this, or will you pass?
50 posted on 04/26/2004 4:06:13 PM PDT by Dimensio (I gave you LIFE! I -- AAAAAAAAH!)
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