Noah’s Ark FOUND!?

On Drudge recently, Chinese and Turkish explorers claim to have found what appears to be the remains of Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey.  [The photo with that article seems fake to me–too “new”.] For you heathen or unlearned, the Bible claims that the Ark came to rest “on the mountains of Ararat” (Gen. 8:4).

Now, I am not surprised, and at the same time I am skeptical.  My faith does not live or die on the existence of the remains of the Ark.  But I remember reading of pilots who flew over the region in WWII (I’ll try to find a link.  Ed Davis, during WWII but he was walking and not air force) who saw what appeared to be a large structure on top of that mountain.  Other explorers have tried to find it but the government had not allowed searches.  The region has been covered in snow for much of the time.  And is pretty treacherous–see photo below the fold.  And now with global warming the snows are receding.  I believe it is true.

But I also expect that there is a high probability of either fraud, or mistake.  Not saying these explorers are frauds.  But others may have built something up there, either as a fraud, or because they wanted to duplicate the Ark.  I will keep an open mind.  Those who do not want to believe it is true will find some reason to disbelieve.

UPDATE:  False alarm.  Evidently it was never “lost.”  At least according to this chronology…

aerial view of Mt. Ararat

photo from

From 14,000 feet to 17,000 feet, much of the lava is covered by an ice cap which is about 17 square miles in size and is up to 350 feet deep. As computed by ArcImaging, the coordinates that cover the ice cap area on Mount Ararat are N 39 degrees 41′ to N 39 degrees 44′, E 44 degrees 15′ 30″ to E 44 degrees 19′ 30″. The area of this rectangle is about 31.6 square kilometers.”

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