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Satellite photos spark Noah's Ark trek
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Posted on 04/26/2004 10:48:33 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

A team of scientists, archaeologists and forensic experts plan to climb Turkey's Mt. Ararat this summer in quest of evidence that will prove they have discovered Noah's Ark.

Satellite photos taken last year at the height of a record-warm summer, give Daniel P. McGivern confidence he has discovered the biblical icon.

"These new photos unequivocally show a man made object," McGivern told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington.

"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," said McGivern, president of Shamrock - The Trinity Corporation of Honolulu, Hawaii.

McGivren said his 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.

Arslan, who formerly worked in the Turkish prime minister's office, plans to discuss details of the excavation with the prime minister next week, according to Space.com.

The U.S. Air Force took the first photographs of the Mt. Ararat site in 1949, Space.com said. The images allegedly revealed what seemed to be a structure covered by ice, but were held for year in a confidential file labeled "Ararat Anomaly."

The government released several of the images in 1997, but experts say they are inconclusive.

McGivern's expedition follows an attempt in 2002 by Porcher Taylor, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Taylor used satellite imagery of the area, but photos taken in 2003 by DigitalGlobe’s Quick Bird satellite provide a unique view because last summer was Europe's hottest since 1500.

The journey up Ararat, 17,820 feet, is planned for July 15 to Aug. 15.

The team's goal is to enter the alleged structure, believed to be about 45 feet high, 75 feet wide and as long as 450 feet.

"We are not excavating it. We are not taking any artifacts. We're going to photograph it and, God willing, you're all going to see it," McGivern told reporters.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: noahsark; turass

1 posted on 04/26/2004 10:48:33 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
The major problem, at least theoretically, is that the icepack and glaciers scrape that mountain clean from top to bottom on the order of hundreds of years. You aren't going to have anything buried in the snowpack that is biblically old, no matter how much anyone wishes it were so. An ark placed on the top of the mountain in biblical times would have been a pile of timber at the bottom of the mountain thousands of years ago.
2 posted on 04/26/2004 10:56:43 PM PDT by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: tortoise
Not if it's hung up on a rock near the summit. Lower on the mountain with lots of acreage above- yes; near the summit- not necessarily. It thaws so often on top at >17,8000 ft.

Some people will never believe, even if Genesis 6-8 is proven beyond a doubt. God willing, your world will be rocked this summer.

"But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible."

Genesis 8:1-5

3 posted on 04/26/2004 11:15:33 PM PDT by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: tortoise
An ark placed on the top of the mountain in biblical times would have been a pile of timber at the bottom of the mountain thousands of years ago.

Human reasoning, placed above the Biblical account, eventually becomes a pile of rubble, crushed beneath the steadfast Word of God.

4 posted on 04/26/2004 11:39:05 PM PDT by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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To: JohnHuang2
These photos prove unequivocally...?

Uh, no they don't. I see rocks sticking out of the snow.

You know, some people used to look at the Old Man of the Mountain and see a face. Imagine that. A FACE! Must be the petrified remains of a GIANT!
5 posted on 04/26/2004 11:42:35 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Prince Caspian
Haved spent some time up here in Alaska up above treeline in the rocks & ice. Might see some sheep, pikas, or marmots; but this just looks like granite to me.
6 posted on 04/26/2004 11:56:04 PM PDT by Eska
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To: JohnHuang2
It seems to me that we have been down this road . . . or mountain, before. Dozens of explorers have combed through Mt. Ararat on dozens of missions to find what they were sure was Moses' Ark - to no avail.

Like others, the photo I saw showed what is most likely a rock outcropping and NOT the Ark. However, I reserve the right to be proven wrong and anxiously await the results of this latest mission in the summer.
7 posted on 04/27/2004 3:23:21 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: DustyMoment
Dozens of explorers have combed through Mt. Ararat on dozens of missions to find what they were sure was Moses' Ark - to no avail.

Moses' Ark????? Now your just being cynical.

8 posted on 04/27/2004 3:40:32 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (24 years of Snarlin Arlen's Liberalism is enough! Vote Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate!)
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To: bolobaby
Uh, no they don't. I see rocks sticking out of the snow.

All I see are blue arrows.

9 posted on 04/27/2004 3:44:51 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Stupid me!!!! .....and here I thought Flip Flops were beach wear.)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
Moses' Ark?????

COFFEE!!!! My Kingdom for coffee!!!

What an embarrassing error. Thanks for catching it and cluing me in.

NOAH!!! It was NOAH's Ark . . . . (and Bill Cosby did a whole routine about it decades ago)
10 posted on 04/27/2004 3:53:37 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: DustyMoment
Yer welcome!
Noah? How long can you tread water? Loved that bit!
11 posted on 04/27/2004 3:56:53 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (24 years of Snarlin Arlen's Liberalism is enough! Vote Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate!)
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To: JohnHuang2
There is a detailed description of Noah's Ark location at Anchorstone.com

http://www.anchorstone.com/number8.html

12 posted on 04/27/2004 3:57:59 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: DustyMoment
NOAH!!! It was NOAH's Ark . . . .

Well, yes, the Bible story and most of the legends identify what we now call Mt Ararat as the mountain where Noah's Ark came to rest. There are some competing traditions identifying other modern mountains as the Mount Ararat of the Bible.

The main thing, however, is that there is an Ark that could be called "Moses' Ark." It's the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark with the tablets, or fragments of the tablets, that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai (which Mount Sinai, you may ask?). And it disappeared from the Temple in Jerusalem, as well as disappearing from the Bible, in Old Testament times.

There are many traditions about what became of The Ark. The Indiana Jones Tanis story is one that has been popular in the Coptic tradition. There is the Ethiopian tradition (which places it in a specific Jewish Temple there that is over 2,000 years old and in continuous use). And one that I heard actually claims that it is secreted in a sacred place on (drum roll please) Mount Ararat.

So who knows if this was a typo or a divinely inspired slip?

13 posted on 04/27/2004 4:14:55 AM PDT by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: JohnHuang2
Maybe Spielberg is filming Indy 4! Anyway it sounds like a great adventure and if the old boat is found great. My faith is strong neverless.
14 posted on 04/27/2004 5:48:02 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: Prince Caspian
Human reasoning, placed above the Biblical account, eventually becomes a pile of rubble, crushed beneath the steadfast Word of God.

That's nice. Where in the Bible does it say that the Ark would continue to exist for thousands of years after the flood?

15 posted on 04/27/2004 6:30:16 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: DustyMoment
It seems to me that we have been down this road . . .

Somebody seems to bring this story up every 10 years or so. Watch the History Channel for a show called The Search For Noah's Ark".

Bottom line is, it's been pretty well debunked.

16 posted on 04/27/2004 6:41:40 AM PDT by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: Prince Caspian
The Word of God says "Mountains of Ararat", not "Mt. Ararat". There is more than one mountain there, and it is very unlikely that Noah just happened to "hit the top of a peak". But what does a little precision in language matter?
17 posted on 04/27/2004 7:47:55 AM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Modernman
Where in the Bible does it say that the Ark would continue to exist for thousands of years after the flood?

Well, it's a 'holy object' dontcha know. /sarcasm

From what I've seen, it's been found. Check out the story HERE. As well as several other Biblical sites, including possibly the Ark of the Covenant.

18 posted on 04/28/2004 12:27:11 AM PDT by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: missnry
There is a detailed description of Noah's Ark location at Anchorstone.com

Here's the link to Ron Wyatt's site: Ron Wyatt Museum.

19 posted on 04/28/2004 12:30:13 AM PDT by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: JohnHuang2
come on folks...there is NO possible way that anything could be built big enough to house two of every creature on the planet...they say it is 450X75...big, but not big enough to hold two of everything...not to mention it would take the task would be impossible to accomplish, even with modern technology..but hey, its a nice story.
20 posted on 04/28/2004 12:35:23 AM PDT by Capitalism2003 ("I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." Thomas Jefferson)
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