Daily Archives: May 28, 2011

Noah’s Ark studies: 300 years

Noah's Ark. Does Michael Gungor mean to call this a lie?

The study of Noah’s Ark began 300 years ago with a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher. Not until today has anyone studied the Ark in the same detail.

Who was Athanasius Kircher?

Athanasius Kircher (1601-80) was born in Geisa, Buchonia, Germany. He was what one called a “Renaissance Man.” He was familiar with many subjects, not just one. In fact, he did not separate different areas of knowledge, the way we do today. Thomas Woods called him the “master of a hundred arts.”

Moon water in bulk

moon

Moon water is not just on the surface of the moon. It lies beneath, and in proportions close to those in Earth’s mantle.

Moon water discovered

Scientists at Brown University announced their find two days ago. They looked at rocks and soil that the Apollo teams had brought back. Specifically they looked at “melt inclusions,” balls of melted rock trapped within crystals of obsidian. (Obsidian is glass that forms anywhere that rock melts. This can happen at an active volcano or anywhere that molten rock flows freely.) The Brown team found 100 times as much water in these melt inclusions than anyone expected.

Sea predators on land: evidence of a Flood

Ancient sea predator: giant shrimp

Paleontologists have found sea predators on land, in the wrong layer. Only a cataclysmic Flood could have put them there.

The latest sea predators

The journal Nature has an article this week about the latest finding of sea predators on dry land. (See here and here.) Paleontologists (scientists who study ancient, extinct creatures that they find buried deep in shale, limestone, and so on) call these creatures anomalocaridids—literally, “abnormal shrimp.” They look like shrimp, but are giant-sized. Some of them measure a meter long. They had long limbs, bristling with spines, on their heads, and blade-like filaments across their backs.