Earnesto Carrasco's Ark Model

Noah’s Ark Models Around the World

Earnesto Carrasco's Ark Model

For the first time in millennia, if you can make it to the middle of Kentucky in the USA, you can experience just how big the Ark God told Noah to make really was. That is, if Noah was around 6’3″ (195cm). Or, off the Atlantic Ocean, you can see a slightly smaller version assuming Noah was only about 5′ 10″ (180cm) that can really sail*.

Both of these ships are sure to blow your mind and make all the kids’ book versions look utterly silly.

But what if you don’t live near these places?

There are still quite a number of places where you can picture just how much room God told Noah to prepare for the survivors of the World-Wide Flood!

Perhaps even better, there’s nothing stopping you from joining the club and making your own model ark. You can even get a kit to make your own paper Answer in Genesis style version for just a few dollars.

The only thing is, depending on how small you make your model, finding such tiny animals is going to be tough. 😀
I did hear one grandpa decided to make an ark to PlayMobil scale. He had to keep it outside because it was too big to fit in his house!

You can find a basic plan for how to make your own wooden model on the Institute for Creation Research website. It’s not a project for first time wood workers, that’s for sure.

Some really cool and inspiring Models to Check Out

An internet friend of mine, Ernesto Carrasco, has been working and studying with the Institute for Creation Research for several years. A couple years ago he decided to build his own model taking advantage of all the wise people around to ask questions. He has some great pictures and description on his own blog (I borrowed one for the picture at the beginning of this article) and ICR has a nice article on what they think of his project as well.

Looks like the Akron Fossils & Science Center in Ohio has a model, too!

And then you’ll want to check out This Page which is part of the World Wide Flood site.  Just click on the modeler’s name and you will see a bunch of pictures of their ideas about what Noah’s Ark. It’s not been updated in a long time, but everything is still working at least on my laptop sized screen.

If you’ve seen an Ark Model yourself, let me know! Where was it, and what did you think about it?

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. Genesis 6:14-16

One thing you will notice is just how big the Ark really was. We don’t know what kind of wood “Gopher Wood” is talking about, since this is just the sound the Hebrew word makes.  It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with gophers! We also don’t know what kind of “pitch” or “covering” they were to coat the Ark with (there wouldn’t have been any petroleum, or very little, before the Flood). But we do know how big the Ark must have been because of the cubit dimensions (a cubit measures from the elbow to the fingertips) God gave to Noah. If Noah was the same height as an average man now, it would have been 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.  If his forearm was longer than ours, it would have been even bigger!!

All the way through the Bible we can’t help wondering about the details of places, and people and the way things actually happened.  I suppose God didn’t include more because we would need a library cart to take our Bible in to church with us!!

*Creation Ministries International has a good article on the Dutch Ark Replica as well.

 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. John 21:25

Mount Everest WikiCommons

The Whole World Knows the Mountains were Underwater

By Uwe Gille: Wikimedia Commons

Mount Everest

Global Flood-Deniers often claim that there couldn’t have been a world-wide flood because the mountains are too high to have been covered by water. This is also used by people who say they love God and the Bible, but have been blinded by the voices crying out that the earth must be very old.

As the link above shows, they use all kinds of Bible verses and Hebrew words to prove that God (and Noah) didn’t really mean what they recorded, but actually meant some local flood (that required one gigantic boat for some reason).

But what do we actually know about the mountains on earth?

Have a look at these quotes:

Montana State University 2012 Everest research program:

Seafloor to Summit, “Mount Everest is an extremely complicated mountain with several major faults that dissect it….. Therefore, the research agenda for 2012 will be directed towards gaining a better idea of the mineral composition, strain and age of rocks… This will include collecting a suite of samples to better date and describe the fossil-bearing marine limestones that form the summit pyramid of Everest;”

Did you catch that last bit, “fossil-bearing marine limestones that form the summit”? In plain English that means dead sea creatures in the rocks at the very top of the tallest mountain on earth.

And sea creature fossils on nearby peaks:

“Lhotse’s [8,516m/27,940ft peak] most defining aspect is its striking peak on the south face which has been reported as encompassing a variety of marine fossils….”

Ringrose Peak soars above a pond near Lake O'H...

Ringrose Peak soars above a pond near Lake O’Hara, British Columbia, Canada

The Burgess Shale formation in the Canadian Rockies, elevation 6,700ft [2040m]:

“These fossils merit special interest for several reasons: They were buried in an underwater avalanche of fine mud that preserved exceptionally fine details of the structure of their soft parts.”

Have a look at the drawings of the variety of sea creatures buried up there.

The Rockies in General:

“From the moment the Rockies emerged from the ancient oceans, the agents of water and ice have been wearing them down and sculpting their rugged face.”

Here’s a picture of trilobites high on one of these mountains.  If you have time, there’s a long PDF of fossil sharks found in the Colorado mountains in Minturn (around the corner from Vail) elevation 7847ft [2392m]. I liked the reconstructions of the pre-Flood sea and land formations, very interesting!

Appalachian Mountains road cut at Sideling Hill, Maryland starts at an elevation of 2,310 ft (704 m):

“Marine fossils are present within the black silty shale 165 to 178 feet above the lowest exposed strata.”

Andes Mountains:

“Scientists have found fossils of whales and other marine animals in mountain sediments in the Andes, indicating that the South American mountain chain rose very rapidly from the sea…. Among the fossils the scientists reported bringing back were the bones of whales and other marine animals found at altitudes of more than 5,000 feet.”

Dolomites of Europe, this is a translation, so the English is a little rough:

“From what once was a warm and tropical see – with a position more South of what it is today – full of life and furrowed from warm sea flows, the mountains that we know today where formed. Small organisms, the corals, could live and multiply in the course of time in what was a gulf called Tetide…. With the help of the rocks and with the happenings of volcanic eruptions and various catastrophes…”

The Dolomites reach to a height of 3200m [10,300ft] and are some of the spikiest mountains in the world.  (For geology buffs, check out this article from Creation Evolution Headlines on Dolomite.)

English: Mount B.Iremel Русский: Гора Большой ...

Mount B.Iremel in the Urals

Ural Mountains:

“Located in western Russia, the Ural Mountains were once at the sea bottom, which explains the high quantity of marine fossils found in the area.”

Papau New Guinea and Indonesia:

“mountains were forming such as in Papua New Guinea, as the continents crumpled together. Former huge corals off Sulawesi, Indonesia, had also been lifted out of the seas by the same huge forces.”

Sydney Morning Herald,

“Delving further back in time, Dr Bridget Ayling went in search of 400,000-year-old clams in the tropical jungle of Papua New Guinea, where tectonic forces have lifted marine fossils to 1200 metres [3,937ft] above sea level. With the help of villagers, she collected more than 10 of the giants, whose chemical make-up reflects the sea temperature and salinity when they were alive. “They were exceptionally heavy and two men were needed to carry each valve down,” Ayling says.”

I could go on, but I think you get the point.  It’s all a matter of interpretation of the facts.  What would it take for these people to believe, finding a sign saying “2,500BC” on the fossils?  God doesn’t do things like that, He wants our faith.

And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail;

and the mountains were covered. 

And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 

And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 

And the waters prevailed [were mighty] upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:19-24

For more, check out:

The Biggest Wrinkles Ever: Folded Mountains

Folded Mountains Part 2

Do We Have Enough Water to Flood the Whole Earth?