Imaging the Ararat Anomaly (Mapplet: CARTOGRAPHY, ANALYSIS, AND BEYOND)

Porcher L. Taylor III, University of Richmond


Since 1973, very high-resolution U.S. spy satellites have hinted that a huge, ship-shaped object obscured by the permanent ice cap on Mt. Ararat in Turkey might be the remains of the biblical Noah's Ark. Unfortunately, its remote, glacial, and cloud-covered location makes imaging and measuring the "Ararat Anomaly" a challenge. However, after 13 years of lobbying the intelligence community to declassify the spy satellite imagery, I submit that commercial imagery, not declassification, is likely to solve this geospatial puzzle.