The words “truth” and “bible” cannot usually be found in the same sentence, but one of the world’s most famous underwater explorers, Robert Ballard, seems to think differently as of late.
He is out to prove that the Great Flood did actually happen, and believes that he can possibly collect enough evidence to prove that the story of Noah’s Ark was an entirely true event of long ago. Ballard went to Turkey in search of the evidence of a huge ancient flood.
Many have claimed to have discovered evidence of Noah’s Ark, the huge ship that Noah filled with two of each creature to repopulate the planet following God’s devastating flood. But in the 1990s, geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman gathered compelling evidence that showed a flood–if not an ark–may have occurred in the Middle East region about 7,500 years ago, PBS reports.
“We went in there to look for the flood,” Ballard said. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed. The land that went under stayed under.”
Ballard had a lot of doubts about the possibly of this flood actually taking place, but was too curious to not look into it.
The theory that Ballard is exploring is that a rising Mediterranean Sea pushed a channel through what is now the Bosphorus, submerging the original shoreline of the Black Sea in a deluge flowing at about 200 times the volume of Niagara Falls and extending out for 100,000 square miles.
Ballard is using advanced robotic technology to travel back nearly 12,000 years to a time when much of the Earth was covered in ice, ABC reports. If and when this ice started to melt, massive floods may have surged through parts of the globe, wreaking havoc on anything and anyone in its way.
With an impressive track record (besides the Titanic, Ballard also found the wreck of the battleship, Bismarck, and a U.S. fleet lost off Guadalcanal in the Pacific) and plenty of confidence, Ballard remains unfazed by critics. He plans on returning to Turkey next summer to continue his research.
Andrew Alvez | Elite.