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Monday, January 27, 2014

WHAT WAS THE SHAPE OF NOAH'S ARK?

Forget for now that some don't believe there ever was a Noah's Ark.  One report provides evidence that there was no worldwide flood, ever.  If all the water in our atmosphere rained down all at once, it would cover Planet Earth about an inch.  This article admits that a miracle (such as this fluid coming from the bowels of the earth, which is mentioned in The Bible) could have happened, but 40 straight days of rain could not have supplied so much water that Mount Ararat would be covered.  Said the author, "...it is time for people to stop looking for Noah's Ark...it's not there."  Here are 101 reasons why Noah's story does not float.

This painting of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat is by Heironymous Bosch, so he probably believed.  Interesting that in an ABC poll, while 64% of Americans believed the story about Moses parting the Red Sea, a lower percentage, 60%, supported the fete of Noah.  A bit bewildering to me, but 61% believed the story in which the world was created in six days.  

But if there ever was such a flood and previously built ark, conflicting stories abound.  The best date of The Flood I could determine was 2304 BC.  However, time is a variable in The Bible, as for example, Noah being 480 years old when first contacted by God, and that it took 120 years to build the boat.  The biblical passage says 300 (450 feet--although the Egyptian cubit makes this length around 521 feet) cubits long by 50 (75 feet) cubits wide and 30 (45 feet) cubits high. The largest Christopher Columbus ship, the Santa Maria, was 62 feet, but all the major ships of the day are longer than 1000 feet.

Authorities estimate that 36,000 species, or as many as 75,000 animals, boarded.  How did Noah and his family feed this lot?  The best surmisal is that God willed these beasts to come and had the power to minimize their metabolism for minimal food and sanitation care.  There are variations to this tale, In any case, they all lived on the boat for about a year, the exact number of days is another debatable subject for scholars.  But it is partially for these temporal illogicalities in this paragraph that I don't take The Bible too literally.  That painting is by Judy Collins.

John Hulbers has actually built two Noah-type arks, which you can visit in Dordrecht, Netherlands.  I forgot his name, but a rather wealthy gentleman from Japan a couple of decades came by Hawaii and wanted to know about koa wood.  Koa is a type of acacia, and the wood purportedly used in Noah's Ark was a type of acacia called gopher wood, which is grown in Turkey.  He wanted to build this ark of koa on the Big Island .  He never returned.

Four years ago, a Chinese/Turkish expedition claimed with 99.9% certainty that the wooden structure they found at an elevation of 12,000 feet on Mount Ararat (16,854 feet tall--scene from Armenia) in eastern Turkey.was dated to be 4,800 years old, and this, no doubt, was from Noah's Ark. Some of the wooden planks were nearly up to 200 feet long.  This from the Christian Science Monitor.  However, Randall Price, director of the Center for Judaic Studies, said this was a hoax, as local Kurdish men had recently trucked up all that wood.  Ron Stewart has a book with many answers.  His analysis adheres to the ship's hull model.


I just saw a trailer of the new Noah film, and this is their ark being built on the left.  But will Russell Crowe and Ron Aronofsky be pissed if true, as the British Museum just announced that a 4,000 year old tablet found in Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) suggests that instructions were deciphered mentioning building a boat to save Man and animals, two by two, of woven rope reinforced with wooden ribs and coated with bitumen.  The area interpreted was two thirds the size of a soccer field and...ROUND, in the shape of a coracle:


Round makes sense, as the Pacific International Ocean Station which I originally envisioned a quarter century ago was round, but not anything like a coracle.  The shape was like a donut or torus:


If I find the close-up I'll later add it.  Somewhere in my files are detailed drawings of this grazing OTEC plantship to support an industrial park.  But you can see the passageway to the inside, which would be like a calm harbor.  Much of the toroid would be covered by a translucent material.  Only one deepwater pipe is shown, but there could be four for a 10 MW system to improve the stability.  Hmmm...Pat's Ark, or, more probably, Guy's Ark.

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