Shedding New Light on the Ararat Anomaly

Porcher L. Taylor III, University of Richmond


For more than 5,000 years, Turkey’s Mount Ararat has been the reputed resting place of Noah’s Ark. At nearly 17,000 feet and usually shrouded in clouds and covered by a permanent icecap, Mount Ararat has allowed few glimpses of its peak or clues into its mysterious past. But that all may have changed on the sunny, cloudless morning of Aug. 5, 2000, when Space Imaging’s (Thornton, Colo.) IKONOS satellite captured an image of the one-mile-by-half-mile plateau. That image revealed an “anomaly” more than 400-feet long, which may be a man-made structure and thought by many to be the remnants of Noah’s Ark.