In Sept. 1960, 27 year old Ron Wyatt, along with thousands
of other people, read an article in "Life" Magazine
about a strange boat-shaped formation in the mountains of Ararat:
Boatlike form is seen near Ararat.
While routinely examining aerial photos of his country, a
Turkish army captain suddenly gaped at the picture shown above.
There, on a mountain 20 miles south of Mt. Ararat, the biblical
landfall of Noah's Ark, was a boat-shaped form about 500 feet
long. The captain passed on the word. Soon an expedition including
American scientists set out for the site.
At 7,000 feet, in the midst of crevasses and landslide debris,
the explorers found a clear, grassy area shaped like a ship and
rimmed with steep, packed-earth sides. Its dimensions are close
to those given in Genesis: `The length of the ark shall be 300
cubits, the breadth of it 50 cubits, and the height of it 30
cubits,' that is, 450x75x45 feet. A quick two-day survey revealed
no sign that the object was man made. Yet a scientist in the
group says nothing in nature could create such a symmetrical
shape. A thorough excavation may be made another year to solve
Ron's Decision is Made
At that time, Ron determined that one day, he would visit
the site and see for himself. But that was a dream he could scarcely
realize any time soon. He had a 1 year 4 month old daughter,
a 3 month old son, and within a year and a month, he would have
another son. Working as a lab technician in the quality control
lab at Hercules Powder Plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was also
attending Western Michigan University, studying pre-med. But
soon, family matters forced him to give up his hopes of becoming
a doctor and he moved to Kentucky in 1964 where he entered nursing
school. He graduated in 1967, entered Anesthesia School and graduated
as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1970.
It was also in 1970 that he found himself raising his 3 young
children alone. It didn't look like there would ever be any opportunity
for him to visit the strange boat-shaped site, so he had to limit
his archaeological research to libraries and book stores. But
he never lost interest- in fact, he studied everything concerning
ancient history and archaeology, not just subjects concerning
Noah's Ark. He had found that there was very little information
available on the subject of Noah's Ark, which
convinced Ron more than ever that no serious research had ever
been undertaken on the subject. Everything he had read was based
on folk-lore and unsubstantiated claims, and all claimed sightings
were in different locations.
Move to Hawaii
From 1973 to 1975, he and the children lived in Hawaii, where
he was able to study volcanoes first hand. This convinced him
that if the ark had landed on the volcanic peak called Mt. Ararat,
that it would have long ago been destroyed. Despite the fact
that there are those who have written elaborate explanations
of how the ark could have survived on the volcanic peak, within
a few years, the eruption of Mount St. Helens would soon show
that NOTHING could survive on a volcanic mountain such as Ararat.
If the ark had ever been there, he concluded it would have long
ago been destroyed.
"Building Mountains" in a Stream
Moving back to the mainland in 1975, he decided that there
was one form of research that he could do- he built a
small boat model the same ratio as the ark as stated in the Bible,
and then he built various "mountain" configurations
in a stream. By floating the model down the stream, he observed
the boat's reaction as it approached the various shaped "mountains".
What he learned was that when the boat approached a simple peak
extending out of the water, it simply floated around it, not
approaching it or certainly not landing on it. This was the "lateral
displacement" of obstructed gas or liquid flow.
He continued this experiment with several shapes with the
same result each time. That is, until he built a "crescent-shaped"
formation with the crescent facing down-flow. When the boat accelerated
around this "crescent-shape" mountain, he saw that
it was pulled into the area within the crescent by the "eddy"
effect, where it then gently floated within that area. With this
bit of information, Ron felt like the ark would have had to have
landed on such a location. The laws of hydrodynamics and water
action and reaction were the same then and now. If the ark had
approached a mountain peak extending out of the water, the water
displacement around the mountain would have carried the ark with