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Team believes it found Noah's Ark (In Iran)
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 6/30/06 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 06/30/2006 8:26:43 AM PDT by DannyTN

Team believes it found Noah's Ark Returns from Iranian mountain with petrified wood, marine fossils

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 30, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A 14-man crew that included evangelical apologist Josh McDowell says it returned from a trek to a mountain in Iran with possible evidence of the remains of Noah's Ark.

The group, led by explorer Bob Cornuke, found an unusual object perched on a slope 13,120 feet above sea level.

Cornuke, president of the archeological Base Institute and a veteran of nearly 30 expeditions in search of Bible artifacts and locations, said he is cautiously, but enthusiastically, optimistic about the find.

Some of the team's photos can be seen here.

Also on the team were Barry Rand, former CEO of Avis; Boone Powell, former CEO of Baylor Medical Systems; and Arch Bonnema, president of Joshua Financial.

The team returned with video footage of a large black formation, about 400 feet long – the length of the ark, according to the Bible – that looks like rock but bears the image of hundreds of massive, wooden, hand-hewn beams.

Bonnema observed: "These beams not only look like petrified wood, they are so impressive that they look like real wood – this is an amazing discovery that may be the oldest shipwreck in recorded history."

The team said one piece of the blackened rock is "cut" at 90-degree angle.

Sealed with pitch

Even more intriguing, they said, some of the wood-like rocks tested this week proved to be petrified wood.

It's noteworthy, they pointed out, that the Bible recounts Noah sealed his ark with pitch, a black substance.

When the retrieved pieces were cut open, a marine fossil was discovered. In the area around the object, the team found thousands of fossilized sea shells, and Cornuke brought back a one-inch thick rock slab replete with fossilized clams.

With the discovery of wood splinters and broken pottery at the remote 15,300-foot level, the team says it also found evidence that ancients considered it an important worship site for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Cornuke became involved in the search for the ark after meeting Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin, participating with him in several searches on Mount Ararat in Turkey, but with disappointing results.

Cornuke began looking elsewhere, after finding clues in the Bible such as Genesis 11's reference to descendants of Noah coming to the Mesopotamian valley from the east. Cornuke believes that would put the biblical mountains of Ararat somewhere in northern Iran.

He also points to ancient historians such as Nicholas of Damascus and Flavius Josephus who wrote, just before and after Christ, that timbers of the ark had survived in the higher mountains of present-day Iran.

Cornuke noted that during World War II, an American Army officer and road construction engineer in Iran named Ed Davis said he saw the ark on a high mountain in the country after being led there by Iranian friends. After the war, according to Cornuke, Davis passed a lie detector test affirming he saw timbers from an ark-like object.

Before his death, Davis gave Cornuke a map showing the way to the object.

"It was right where Ed said it was in his map," Cornuke said. "After seeing it from a distance, I thought it at first unimpressive, but once we stood on the object we were all amazed at how it looked just like a huge pile of black and brown stone beams."

Noah tours

Cornuke's is the latest of many expeditions – most of them at Turkey's Mount Ararat – in search of Noah's Ark.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a new travel website is promoting summer tours to a Turkish site near Mount Ararat believed by many to be the fossilized remains of Noah's Ark.

Many believe this is Noah's Ark, already found on a mountain next to Mt. Ararat (courtesy: wyattmuseum.com)

Noah's Ark Holidays, which bills itself as an "ethical travel referral website" is behind the offer, with a pitch for the location in Dogubayazit, Turkey.

The late Ron Wyatt, whose Tennessee-based foundation, Wyatt Archaeological Research, also believed the ark is located at Dogubayazit, some 12-15 miles from Ararat.

Meanwhile, as WorldNetDaily reported in March, others who believe the vessel is on Ararat itself became excited with the release of a new, high-resolution digital image of what has become known as the "Ararat Anomaly."

Satellite image of 'Ararat Anomaly,' taken by DigitalGlobe's QuickBird Satellite in 2003 and made public for the first time in March 2006 (courtesy: DigitalGlobe)

The location of the anomaly on the mountain's northwest corner has been under investigation from afar by ark hunters for years, but it has remained unexplored, with the government of Turkey not granting any scientific expedition permission to explore on site.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible speaks of Noah and the ark, and Jesus Christ and the apostles Paul and Peter all make reference to Noah's flood as an actual historical event.

According to Genesis, Noah was a righteous man who was instructed by God to construct a large vessel to hold his family and many species of animals, as a massive deluge was coming to purify the world which had become corrupt.

'Noah's Ark' by Pennsylvania artist Edward Hicks, 1846

Genesis 6:5 states: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

Noah was told by God to take aboard seven pairs of each of the "clean" animals – that is to say, those permissible to eat – and two each of the "unclean" variety. (Gen. 7:2)

Though the Bible says it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, it also mentions "the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days."

The ark then "rested" upon the mountains of Ararat, but it was still months before Noah and his family – his wife, his three sons and the sons' wives – were able to leave the ark and begin replenishing the world.


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KEYWORDS: archeology; ark; godsgravesglyphs; ifoundtitinmyyard; noah; noahsark
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1 posted on 06/30/2006 8:26:44 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Need GPS coordinates and we can Google it.........


2 posted on 06/30/2006 8:29:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: DannyTN

I got a good chuckle out of this, thanks for posting.


3 posted on 06/30/2006 8:29:28 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: DannyTN

Some rocks exposed to the sun for a very long time turn dark. It might not be "pitch".


4 posted on 06/30/2006 8:29:44 AM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: DannyTN; Aetius; Alamo-Girl; AndrewC; Asphalt; Aussie Dasher; Baraonda; BereanBrain; betty boop; ...
Ah, but we know that this cannot be, it's all a myth!

Can't wait to see the evos illogical comments, let'em roll.

5 posted on 06/30/2006 8:30:40 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: PatrickHenry

A "hope springs eternal" ping.


6 posted on 06/30/2006 8:31:19 AM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: DannyTN

7 posted on 06/30/2006 8:32:24 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Red Badger
"Need GPS coordinates "

I'm disappointed there were no pictures. Hopefully, they'll release a video or something.

What I found interesting was the early references to the Ark being in present day Iran.

8 posted on 06/30/2006 8:33:42 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Mr. Mojo

Thanks


9 posted on 06/30/2006 8:35:18 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Junior; longshadow; VadeRetro; balrog666; Senator Bedfellow; RadioAstronomer; js1138; whattajoke; ..

I shouldn't ping the evolution list for something like this. Especially because it's not in the News forum. But I'll ping a few ...


10 posted on 06/30/2006 8:36:30 AM PDT by PatrickHenry (Unresponsive to trolls, lunatics, fanatics, retards, scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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To: bnelson44
"Some rocks exposed to the sun for a very long time turn dark."

Exactly which rocks would they be? Most rock does exactly the opposite. As the surface of a rock is exposed to oxygen and freeze-thaw cycles, it begins to crumble at a microscopic level, which causes it to appear to 'bleach.'

11 posted on 06/30/2006 8:37:03 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: DannyTN

Well, it certainly is the right location for it if in fact this is it. However, just how does a team of American Christians go to Iran to look for the Ark? I'm guessing that visas would be out of the question...


12 posted on 06/30/2006 8:38:19 AM PDT by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.org - Forging a Rebirth of Freedom.)
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To: DannyTN
Petrified animals?

1. Why were animals left aboard the Ark?

2. How long does it take to petrify animals?

3. Was anything ever pertified without being buried in mineral soil?

13 posted on 06/30/2006 8:38:51 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: editor-surveyor
Let the scoffing begin.

Jude 1:17-19

17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." 19These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

14 posted on 06/30/2006 8:42:20 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Strategerist; bnelson44; Red Badger; Junior; PatrickHenry; Old_Mil; RightWhale; editor-surveyor
Here's a more detailed article with several pictures.
15 posted on 06/30/2006 8:45:14 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: RightWhale

Did they find a huge pile of petrified animal poop? I'm sure there must be one..........


16 posted on 06/30/2006 8:45:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: Red Badger

Petrified wood and petrified animals both. Maybe not in this report but in an ABC radio news report. ABC is still not reporting UFOs, but it's just a matter of time.


17 posted on 06/30/2006 8:47:09 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: Old_Mil
" just how does a team of American Christians go to Iran to look for the Ark?"

If they lacked visas, they would have been arrested at the airport. Iran has hundreds of visitors from the U.S. every day. We have friends that return to Iran twice a year to shop! They also go hunting in the mountains, and have brought back trophies.

18 posted on 06/30/2006 8:48:14 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: editor-surveyor
"Some rocks exposed to the sun for a very long time turn dark."


19 posted on 06/30/2006 8:49:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: DannyTN

That second picture of wood looks like it has nails in it. Do those nails look ancient? To me they do not. They even have round heads.


20 posted on 06/30/2006 8:53:39 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: editor-surveyor
Can't wait to see the evos illogical comments, let'em roll.

Why would "the evos" make illogical comments? Please be specific.
21 posted on 06/30/2006 8:54:03 AM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: DannyTN
Reg Lyle, oil and gas geologist said “the object appears to be a basalt dike, however, it is absolutely uncanny that the object looks like hand hewn timbers, even the grain and color look just like petrified wood….I really need to keep an open mind about this.”

Mr Lyle needs to do better than that. Basalt never fractures at 90 degree angles, it fractures at 120 degrees because that is what stress relief causes molten rock to do.

22 posted on 06/30/2006 8:56:58 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Dimensio
Why would "the evos" make illogical comments? Please be specific.

I will not comment on their motivation, since that could be taken as a personal attack, but the fact that they do constantly make illogical comments is visible in just about all their product.

23 posted on 06/30/2006 9:01:07 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Red Badger

Is that you?


24 posted on 06/30/2006 9:04:42 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: PatrickHenry

IIRC, this is about the tenth time Noah's arc has been found. Maybe the problem is that we've been saying "arc" all these years, and it should have been "fleet."


25 posted on 06/30/2006 9:04:43 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: SunkenCiv

ping?


26 posted on 06/30/2006 9:05:11 AM PDT by flevit
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To: Gumlegs
"IIRC, this is about the tenth time Noah's arc has been found."

Actually it's the fourth, but it is certainly the most believable one.

27 posted on 06/30/2006 9:06:56 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: editor-surveyor
I will not comment on their motivation, since that could be taken as a personal attack, but the fact that they do constantly make illogical comments is visible in just about all their product.

Please provide examples of their "illogical comments".
28 posted on 06/30/2006 9:07:16 AM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: editor-surveyor

No, I'm much, much older...........


29 posted on 06/30/2006 9:07:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: Gumlegs
I have observed that creationists often hold interesting standards of evidence. Despite extensive fossil and DNA records and observations of multiple events, including speciation, many creationists still claim that evolution is naught but speculation, with no "proven" details supporting it. However, when a find that someone speculates may be Noah's ark or, in another case, it is suggested that the speed of light might be slowing down, they take it as absolute proof that they have been correct in their beliefs all along.

This of course is not a trait universal to creationists, and I cannot even say with certainty that it is a common behavior amongst most of them, but I have observed it within enough creationists to see that it is more than an isolated case.
30 posted on 06/30/2006 9:09:29 AM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: DannyTN

How would the ark petrify? It would have to be covered in sediment for eons while subsurface minerals gradually replaced the wood.

Was there another flood after Noah's flood that buried the ark?


31 posted on 06/30/2006 9:09:48 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: RightWhale

Of course, it would now be just a pile of schist.......


32 posted on 06/30/2006 9:09:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: bnelson44

But wood it be pitch dark?......


33 posted on 06/30/2006 9:10:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: DannyTN
Is this the ONLY ark that has been discovered in the area or ever been found for that matter? How common were arks?

Like old wooden kitchen chairs, everyone was using pretty much the same pattern. Why should arks be different?

34 posted on 06/30/2006 9:11:38 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Dimensio
Please provide examples of their "illogical comments".

Here is a perfect example.

35 posted on 06/30/2006 9:12:25 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Yaelle

Ancient nails could have round heads. The square nails with square heads might be easier to make from plate stock but round nails from wire stock wouldn't be impossible. Some of the tribes in the region were known as excellent metallurgists and kept many trade secrets.


36 posted on 06/30/2006 9:12:42 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: editor-surveyor

Why is my statement illogical?


37 posted on 06/30/2006 9:13:04 AM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: Sacajaweau
How common were arks?

Very common. Most were small, maybe a cubit long, high, deep, and wide.

38 posted on 06/30/2006 9:14:33 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale
Where did all the water go after the flood?


What did Noah feed to the lions and tigers during his voyage? As I understand it both have hearty appetites.
39 posted on 06/30/2006 9:16:09 AM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV
Where did all the water go after the flood?

Wherever it came from.

40 posted on 06/30/2006 9:18:26 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

He fed them unicorns.


41 posted on 06/30/2006 9:19:24 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: RightWhale
"Petrified animals? 1. Why were animals left aboard the Ark?

I think it's referring to petrified marine animals. Aparently when the cut open one of the "rock" samples that proved to be petrified wood, a marine fossil was found inside. I don't know what that would be. Could a small marine animal burrow into the wood? or find a crack or a knothole? Maybe it's just a shell.

2. How long does it take to petrify animals?
3. Was anything ever pertified without being buried in mineral soil?

I don't know. It depends on the conditions. Here are some articles on rapid petrification but they don't address animals.
Rapid Petrification of Wood: An Unexpected Confirmation of Creationist Research
Tarawera’s night of terror

42 posted on 06/30/2006 9:20:10 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: RightWhale
Where it came from?


What kind of answer is that?


The amount of water on the earth is constant and even if you were to melt the ice caps sea level would not rise 14,000 feet.

I wonder what the temperature of the earth would have to be in order to melt all that ice?
43 posted on 06/30/2006 9:21:08 AM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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How many animals would have been on the ark and how much space would they need with a food supply to sustain them and caretakers? And how many shovels did they find?

Great flood? Sure....happens all the time. Load a ship with 2 animals of every kind (that you own?) or (in the world???)....yeh, that'll make you remember the story!! But clarify it....Two chickens and two goats??

And where would Noah's Ark be heading when the flood came??

The story is about as clear as documenting all the ships lost in the Caribbean so long ago. "Historical fiction."

44 posted on 06/30/2006 9:22:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV
The amount of water on the earth is constant

There is the story. I didn't write it. There aren't many fables that follow all epistemological rules.

45 posted on 06/30/2006 9:23:48 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: Dog Gone
"How would the ark petrify? It would have to be covered in sediment for eons while subsurface minerals gradually replaced the wood."

You may wish to believe that, but it is quite illogical. Most species of wood decompose fairly rapidly, say a hundred years at the very outside, but more likely much less, thus the preservation of grain patterns has to occur contemporaneously or it would not look like wood.

Petrified fence post bases are fairly common where fence lines cross streams in flat areas. They have been accepted in court in Nevada as boundary evidence.

46 posted on 06/30/2006 9:25:56 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Sacajaweau
Keeping predator from prey on the Ark must have been quite the task.
47 posted on 06/30/2006 9:26:30 AM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: DannyTN

Could be marine fossils. It was surprising to this kid to find the soil of some parts of the eatern US to be almost entirely marine fossils. Considering how slowly the land rises usually, it would be hard to even guess how long ago that was part of seabed.


48 posted on 06/30/2006 9:28:48 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: editor-surveyor

You're still not explaining how the ark got buried.


49 posted on 06/30/2006 9:29:32 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: RightWhale
1. Why were animals left aboard the Ark?

*The Ark animals left but their kids went back. You know how kids are...

2. How long does it take to petrify animals?

*It is documented that at the San Diego Zoo an elephant went belly-up and became instantaneously petrified.when Barbra Streisand walked past. (Admittedly, that was unusual)

3. Was anything ever pertified without being buried in mineral soil?

*Yes. Lot's wife, who, by the way, is STILL more attractive than Barbra Streisand

50 posted on 06/30/2006 9:32:04 AM PDT by bornacatholic
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