September 2, 2007 | David F. Coppedge

Ararat Anomaly to Be Imaged in Hi-Res

The “Ararat anomaly,” an unusual structure at the 15,300′ level of Mt. Ararat in Turkey, is getting increased scrutiny with high-resolution satellite imaging.  Leonard David reported on Live Science that Porcher Taylor of Satellite Imaging Corporation has created a 3-D flyover movie of the site from Ikonos satellite data, and that Geo-Eye I, to be launched next year, will double the resolution of the site to 0.4 meter per pixels.
    Buried under a glacier, the Ararat anomaly drew attention because of “its relatively smooth surface texture and unusual physical composition, according to some interpretations.”  Some have considered it a possible location of the remains of Noah’s Ark.

It was nice to see Live Science give fair treatment to this story.  Our new era of Google Earth and hi-resolution imaging should be able to shed some light on the famous mountain.  For most of the recent decades, political tensions and local hazards have made the search frustratingly difficult.  Eyes from orbit may be able to make the job of sifting evidence much easier.
    A historical string of eyewitness accounts has propelled the brave with ark fever (see  So far, however, the data collected have done more to rule out some promising sites than to find what would certainly be the most interesting archaeological artifact ever found, if it exists – and even many ark searchers have their doubts a wooden vessel could have survived at all.  Some are not even sure this is the right mountain.
    The eyewitness accounts, tantalizing as they are, do not rise to the level of evidence required to convince a fair-minded skeptic.  Gathering more data quietly, without making outlandish claims, is the best thing that can be done.

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