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The Ark Landed on Ararat

Updated: Mar 31, 2021



WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I READ THE BIBLE

I learned the ark landed on a mountain range in far east Turkey near the border of Iran.

“…and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:3-4 ESV).


I highlighted that the ark landed on a range, which can include multiple mountains. The Bible does not specify one specific mountain. We know that Mount Ararat is in modern day Turkey. Archeologists have found many artifacts mentioned throughout the Bible, but the ark has remained elusive. It is important to remember that Mount Ararat was once an active volcano. Here is what we know about Mount Ararat:



Flood Sediments, at least 13,800 feet Deep under Mount Ararat are thousands of feet of Flood sediments, filled primarily with marine fossils from the destruction of life in the ocean and on land. These are similar to flood layers we find all over the earth.


Lava Flows, about 650 to 2,600 feet Above the Flood layers are thick lava flows. These covered the region sometime after the floodwaters drained off the earth. They built up over a few years, and included between the flows are thin deposits of localized lake sediments with fossils of buried freshwater fish.


Young Volcano Mount Ararat is a stratovolcano, which arose some time after lavas had covered the region. It grew as lava flowed out of two vents, progressively building layers of lavas and ash on their slopes, spreading on top of the plateau’s lava layers.


Will the ark ever be found? Only God knows, but the continued search is exciting, nonetheless.


(source in italics and graph from: answersingenesis.org – Geologist, Dr. Andrew Snelling)


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