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Noah’s Ark nestled on Mount Ararat
The Peninsula ^ | January 19, 2008 | Satish Kanady

Posted on 02/17/2008 5:05:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Dogubayazit (Turkey’s Iran-Armenian Border) • For the first time in the seven decade-long history of the search for the legendary Noah’s Ark, a Turkish-Hong Kong exploration team on Tuesday came out with “material evidence”, to prove that the Ark was nestled on Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest mountain peak bordering Iran and Armenia.

A panel of experts, comprising Turkish authorities, veteran mountaineers, archaeologists, geologists and members of Hong Kong-based Noah’s Ark Ministries International, also displayed an almost one-metre-long peice of petrified wood before the media and specially invited international experts.

The experts claimed it to be a part of a long structure they had unearthed during their February-August 2007 exploration. “It is for the first time in the history of the Ark search that an exploration team is getting a material evidence and graphic documentation. This makes it not only a the significant breakthrough in the Ark-search, but one that is supported with the most substantial evidence in recent history,” the panel said.

The revelation is expected to open up a fresh chapter in the ongoing debates in the scientific community on the search for Noah’s Ark.

Narrating the genesis of their exploration on Mount Ararat, the mount which has a direct reference in Holy Quran (Mount Judi) and Bible, the panel said the search team had made several foiled attempts before unearthing the evidence at an altitude of 4,500-metres of the estimated 5,165 metre volcanic mountain.

“The structure was discovered in the interiors of an unusual cave. The 11.5m wide and 2.6m high white wooden texture was revealed after removing thick layers of volcanic ash on the cave wall,” panel members said at a press conference.

One of the underlying issues in the search for the Ark is the proper identification of its wood fragments. A petrographic examination carried out by the Applied Geoscience Centre of the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong, identified the object as a petrified wooden structure, the panel said.

“Some of the big holes found on the structure indicate the locations where branches used to grow on tree. In places, original holes are partly or completely replaced by individual minerals and crystalline materials that can be found in rock materials,” said Dr Ahmet Ozbek, a panel member, who is also a faculty of Geology Engineering Kahramanmara Suctcu Imam University.

Dismissing the possibilities of the structure being wood that could appear naturally around the discovery site, Professor Oktay Belli, director, Eurasian Archaeology Institute, University of Istanbul, said researches have proved that there was no vegetation on Mount Ararat ever since 2000BC, because of the asperities of Ararat’s climate.

Talking to The Peninsula, Cemalettin Demircioglu, Dogubayazit City Governor, under whose jurisdiction the mount is located, said the civic body will invite more international experts to conduct further scientific studies on Mount Ararat.

“History has more than one times corroborated the legendary evidence that the ark was nestled on Mount Ararat. We will introduce the latest findings to the world and continue the scientific study. All interested scientists and NGOs can join our missions” he said. However, he said, those who are involved in the project must ensure the findings are not used politically, religiously, or for any vested interest.

Located in the Far Eastern Turkey, Ararat is great prize for mountain collectors. Ark sighting has often been reported from this mountain. The observation of Vessel-shaped features in aerial photograph of Ararat had caused a stir in the late 1950’s. However, this is the first time an exploration team is coming out with “material evidence”.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: ararat; bible; catastrophism; christianity; genesis; godsgravesglyphs; judaism; noah; noahsark; proof; turkey
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Can this be true? And if so, will it make some atheists heads explode?
1 posted on 02/17/2008 5:05:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

TV show about this a few years ago.


2 posted on 02/17/2008 5:06:47 PM PST by television is just wrong (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought this has been materially proven some years back. I saw a TV segment which had photos, etc.


3 posted on 02/17/2008 5:07:12 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AJNTSA


4 posted on 02/17/2008 5:07:27 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (My tag line is broken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...again?


5 posted on 02/17/2008 5:08:19 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suppose it *can* be true, although I hesitate to say it is. It’s amazing that, in the 21st Century, a place could be so remote that it’s resistant to archaeological study.

On the other hand, that thrill-seeking pilot Mr. Fossett was just declared dead after being lost (presumably) in a small plane crash in the United States. Just shows it’s a big planet where it can be hard to find stuff.


6 posted on 02/17/2008 5:09:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't shoot! It might be a lemur!)
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Wow, another one...who would have guessed Noah commanded a fleet????


7 posted on 02/17/2008 5:11:53 PM PST by Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We knew this a long time ago... oh, and the Bible said so.


8 posted on 02/17/2008 5:13:10 PM PST by AliVeritas ( (To err is human, but to really screw up it takes the Berkeley City Council))
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February-August 2007 exploration

Yet, no photos...
9 posted on 02/17/2008 5:15:03 PM PST by MarkeyD (Just another country bumpkin looking forward to Fred!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s going to take some dinosaur bones to begin to impress science. Finding a piece of petrified wood on Mount Ararat is hardly proof of the existence of the supernatural.


10 posted on 02/17/2008 5:15:29 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

15And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

16A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

-Genesis 6

Well, I wonder if they can analyize the petrified wood sample and tell whether or not it is gopher wood?


11 posted on 02/17/2008 5:15:40 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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I suppose it *can* be true, although I hesitate to say it is. It’s amazing that, in the 21st Century, a place could be so remote that it’s resistant to archaeological study.

On the other hand, that thrill-seeking pilot Mr. Fossett was just declared dead after being lost (presumably) in a small plane crash in the United States. Just shows it’s a big planet where it can be hard to find stuff.

Fossett was lost somewhere near my hometown, and I can understand why. Very remote and sparley populated here. There are many parts of the world that, though mapped by geographers and satellite have never been explored.

12 posted on 02/17/2008 5:17:07 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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“Can this be true? And if so, will it make some atheists heads explode?”

Nope, the Eastern Barbarians have made sure no atheist heads will explode. They have RULES!

“However, he said, those who are involved in the project must ensure the findings are not used politically, religiously, or for any vested interest.”


13 posted on 02/17/2008 5:17:29 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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one-metre-long peice of petrified wood

Ah, how many millions of years does it take to petrify wood?

14 posted on 02/17/2008 5:17:46 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me be the first to call bullsh*t.


15 posted on 02/17/2008 5:18:21 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: wagglebee; ExTexasRedhead; JulieRNR21; Salvation

If this proves to be the real thing, it’s one amazing development. Could the real ark have lasted this long without decomposing?


16 posted on 02/17/2008 5:18:30 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Yes, I saw your posts on the Fossett thread. I think that it’s good, in a way, that things happen that show us that we have very limited knowledge of the earth, and even more limited knowledge of the rest of Everything.


17 posted on 02/17/2008 5:19:09 PM PST by Tax-chick (If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't shoot! It might be a lemur!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mt. ARARAT—in exile


18 posted on 02/17/2008 5:22:37 PM PST by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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Can this be true? And if so, will it make some atheists heads explode?

Don't know but it might make them...


with worry at what's coming next.

19 posted on 02/17/2008 5:23:28 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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...displayed an almost one-metre-long peice of petrified wood...

How many cubits is that?

20 posted on 02/17/2008 5:24:10 PM PST by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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