Dr. Snelling is pretty adamant that Mount Ararat couldn’t possibly be the place where the ark docked. As he has stated again and again that the volcano which is now called Mount Ararat did not form until well after the floodwaters had retreated.
Furthermore, the evidence shows that the lavas and ash layers on Mount Ararat date back to the time of the post-Flood Ice Age.
Still Doesn't Add Up
One Oxford University lecturer in ancient history, Nicholas Purcell, has expressed his skepticism in regard to the tale.
“If floodwaters covered Eurasia 12,000ft [3,700 meters] deep in 2,800BC, how did the complex societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia, already many centuries old, keep right on regardless?” he said. Good question.
Dr. Snelling, who we've mentioned previously said that the biblical reference to the ‘mountains of Ararat’ suggests that the mountains formed well before the Flood ended.
The Flood would have been a global catastrophe that would have totally reshaped the earth’s geology and has continued to change over the course of time.
There's Still Hope
With plenty of backlash from critics, one American researcher believes otherwise and insists that he has evidence of Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat.
Professor Raul Esperante from California works with the Geoscience Research Institute in digging into this seemingly unsolvable question.
In April 2010, Man-Fai Yuen, a NAMI researcher, said that he and the search team had actually entered a wooden structure high on Ararat, and went on to describe the different spaces in the structure.
The researcher also claims that carbon dating puts the wood at 4,800 years old. Could they be on to something?