Interesting post in Boing Boing – which talks of the Noah’s Ark in Turkey.. I saw this on the History Channel which I found fairly intriguing! What do you guys think? Is this Noah’s Ark or not?
Is this Noah’s Ark? This image of Mt. Ararat in Turkey was captured in 2003 by a commercial remote sensing satellite flown by DigitalGlobe. The image was recently released to the public, much to the excitement of Noah’s Ark researcher Porcher Taylor who has spent thirteen years trying to determine whether the “Ararat anomaly” that has shown up in other satellite images could actually be Noah’s Ark. Of course, it could also be shadows and/or a strange rock formation. But that would be far less interesting. From Space.com:
The Genesis blueprint of the Ark detailed the structure as 6:1 length to width ratio (300 cubits by 50 cubits). The anomaly, as viewed by satellite, is close to that 6:1 proportion…
Nevertheless, the anomaly may not be a ridge line of ice, snow and possibly rock, but an artificial ridge line, Taylor said. “I maintain that if it is the remains of something manmade and potentially nautical, then it’s potentially something of biblical proportions.”
There are also experts in remote sensing who offer a skeptical view.
“Image interpretation is an art,” said Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing.
“One has to be familiar with Sun lighting effects on the shape of observed features,” El-Baz said. “Very slight changes in slope modify shadow shapes that affect the interpretations. Up to this time, all the images I have seen can be interpreted as natural landforms. The feature that has been interpreted as the ‘Ararat Anomaly’ is to me a ledge of rock in partial shadow, with varied thickness of snow and ice cover.