From: Dale K. Stalnaker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Aug 27 2002 - 12:15:11 EDT
From the Irish Examiner:
>Bulgarian Noah's Ark planned for tourists
>26/08/2002 - 11:41:47 am
>A Bulgarian historian today launched an ambitious project to reconstruct
>the Biblical ark, complete with pairs of animals, as a tourist attraction.
>The new ark will be built on the Black Sea coast near Sunny Beach resort,
>240 miles east of Sofia, said Nikolai Kanchev, the historian leading the
>"The wooden vessel will be 368ft long, 85ft wide and over 30ft high, and a
>part of it will be under water," he said. "Of course, there will be pairs
>of the different animal species chosen once by Noah."
>The site will also include an exhibition of historical artifacts found in
>Visitors will be given a presentation of an expedition headed by National
>Geographic Society explorer Robert Ballard, who has been searching the
>depths of the Black Sea for the remains of the ark.
>The expedition started last year in coastal waters.
>Ballard's mission, which is to continue in 2003, could shed more light on
>the controversial timing and site of the Biblical Great Flood.
>Under the supervision of Ballard, a US explorer who discovered the remains
>of the Titanic, a team of 19 scientists is searching for undersea evidence
>of human habitation in the Black Sea region before the Biblical flood
>described in the Old Testament book of Genesis.
>Some scientists theorise that an antediluvian society predating those of
>Egypt and Mesopotamia is believed to have been submerged by the Black Sea
>at the time of a massive flood 7,600 years ago.
>The flood, they suggest, transformed a stillwater lake into the saltwater sea.
>Explorers have found ancient vessels in remarkable condition in the Black
>Sea, whose unique oxygen-free deep water preserves wrecks without the worm
>damage and deterioration that normally affect wooden vessels.
>The museum exposition is scheduled to open its doors in March 2003, and
>its founders hope for crowds of visitors from all around the globe.
>"Troy has its Trojan Horse, Romania has Dracula - we will have our Noah's
>Ark," Kanchev said.
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