Monday, March 13, 2006

Has Noah's Ark been found?

A mountainside "anomaly" in Turkey has at least one man excited at the possibility that Noah's Ark has been located.

On the northwest corner of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey an unknown structure lies nearly submerged in glacial ice. Noah's ark was described in the Bible as measureing 300 by 60 cubits, a 6:1 ratio. The unknown structure on the mountain is close to this proportion.

Porcher Taylor, a retired national security analyst and currently an associate professor in paralegal studies at the University of Richmond (Virginia), has made it his persona quest to have the intelligence community declassify satellite imagery of the Turkish mountain to determine if the anamoly is actually an ancient ship.

"I'm calling this my satellite archeology project," Taylor said. Taylor has used in his search images from QuickBird, GeoEye's Ikonos spacecraft, Canada's Radarsat 1, as well as declassified aerial and satellite images taken by the various U.S. intelligence agencies.

"I had no preconceived notions or agendas when I began this in 1993 as to what I was looking for," Taylor said.

While admitting that the story of Noah's Ark may be legend instead of truth, he believes the anomaly is an artificial ridge line and not something made of snow, ice and rock "I maintain that if it is the remains of something manmade and potentially nautical, then it's potentially something of biblical proportions," Taylor said.

New satellites have excited Taylor. "We've got three new birds that are going up. I'm using all my clout, rapport and lobbying to, hopefully, have them at least fly calibration runs over Mt. Ararat," Taylor said.

The accompanying image is DigitalGlobe's QuickBird commercial remote sensing satellite image of the Mt. Ararat "anomaly" in 2003.

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