This photo of a
boat-shaped formation in Turkey near Mount Ararat has been claimed to be
Noah's Ark. If you know the Bible account, you will know that Noah's Ark was
the huge boat used to protect Noah and his family during the year-long flood
that covered the whole earth. It landed in the mountains of Ararat, in
extreme eastern Turkey.
However, this is not
the real Noah’s Ark, the real Ark landed on “the mountains of Ararat.”
Mount Ararat consists of two mountains, or peaks, called Greater Ararat and
Lesser Ararat. This boat-shaped formation is on neither of those mountains.
The shape of this formation does look like it could be a fossilized boat,
but it does not fit the dimensions of Noah's Ark that are given in the Bible
(length six times its width). This formation's out of proportion width is
geologists have found it to be made of different types of rock. If it was
the Ark it would have fossilized wood in it, but it has only basalt (a type
of volcanic rock). The rock has a streamlined, pointed shape but the real
Ark was squared off at each end, because it only had to float and this was
the most stable shape. Being merely a vessel for survival, pointed ends
would not be as practical. The Turkish Air Force released a photo showing
three similar “arks” in the area. Supporters of the one pictured above
chose it only because its length roughly matches the real Ark's length, but
they ignore the smaller, similar geological formations. All these formations
seem to have formed when volcanic material flowed down the mountain.