The Search For Noah's Ark

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The Search For Noah's Ark: Email Headquarters

Words of encouragement, shared interest and enthusiasm are great ways to share your thoughts with me. However, due to the volume of email, it is nearly impossible to "personally" respond to all letters. If you would like a response from your email, please let me know and I will try my best to do so accordingly.

I encourage you to search this site for your answer before sending email there are many links from which to deepen your study. I am also adding some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which should also help.

If this web site has been useful to you or helped you in any way please let me know. And if you feel this site needs improvement or is missing a link or picture I would very much like to hear your comments.

If you are actively involved with the search for Noah's Ark or know someone who is, I encourage you to write and share your story or information. The Web has proven to be a very valuable medium for this kind of exchange. Over the past four years I have made many contacts, learned a great deal about the search, been invited to be part of a team and have since been to Turkey as a direct result of these pages. I will reciprocate by giving you credit and will share my experiences with all of you on these pages.

Please take a look at what others have to say about this site at Your Thoughts to learn a little more.

You can send email to me by selecting the line at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for stopping by.

Matthew Kneisler

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes. It is produced under the Ark Research Project banner. Please click here. It is published as often as needed and focuses on the overall search for Noah's Ark.

Can you help me with my speech or report on Noah's Ark?

As much as I would like for you to succeed in this effort, I can not respond fast enough for most of you. However, I would encourage you to study these pages and the associated Noah's Ark links. Almost any possible question that you have should be contained herein and help you to achieve you highest possible grade. Just so that you know, several students have used these pages and received "A's" on their reports. So, if they can do it, you can also! Do your best!

How many years did it take Noah to build the Ark?

It is implied by Dr. Henry H. Halley, that prior to the flood, God made His decision to destroy sinful mankind when Noah was 480 years old (Gen 6:3). From that time, Noah was asked to build the Ark, at 500 years old, begot "Shem, Ham and Japeth" (Gen 5:32) and at 600 years old finally entered the Ark (Gen 7:6). Therefore, taking the difference in Noah's age from the "commission" to the flood was 120 years. Or roughly 120 years to build the Ark.

What are the dimensions of the Ark?

Genesis 6:15 And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it. [KJV]

Most bibles assume an 18 inch cubit, therefore, the Ark would have the following characteristics:

  Length Width Height
Cubits 300 50 30
Feet 450 75 45
Meters 137.2 22.8 13.7


  Total Floor Area
Square Cubits 45000
Square Feet 101250
Square Meters 9406


Cubic Cubits 450000
Cubic Feet 1518750
Cubic Meters 43006

Take a 3D tour of the Ark here: Noah's Ark 3D Tour.

Why don't you give Ron Wyatt credit for finding the Ark?

Here is a little background: In 1959, the Turkish Air Force photographed a "long oval hill" seventeen miles south of Mount Ararat with a surface elevation of 6,200 feet. In 1984, Ron Wyatt's partner Marvin Steffins announced this location was in fact Noah's Ark. In June 1985, Wyatt and others using a NASA CAT scanner, surveyed the formation and confirmed the discovery. The shape is oval and is roughly 500 feet long by 150 feet wide and 45 feet tall.

Here is the answer: There have been many sightings of the Ark on Mount Ararat at about 15,000 feet. Additionally, much anecdotal evidence for Mount Ararat has been completely ignored and dismissed by this study. Because this "oval hill" does not fit the biblical description, a new cubit (21 inches) must be considered to make it fit. And because the ark shape does not fit the biblical description, other texts are relied on for corroboration, namely the Gilgamesh Epic. Finally, there are several other "formations" in this general vicinity that, although similar are never mentioned by Wyatt and others. I have personally seen these formations when our team surveyed the area in October 1998. You can review those pictures on the Photos/Books page. See the October 1998 photos of the "ark shape".

You can review his web site by clicking here.

Who is Angelo Palego and what can you tell me about him?

Angelo Palego is an Italian Ark researcher. According to his web site he has made 11 expeditions to Mount Ararat.  Mr. Palego has made bold announcements of the discovery of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat.  However, to date, no solid scientific proof of his discoveries have been presented.

Pictures of the alleged objects on the mountain were digitally inserted and do not represent an accurate presentation of conditions on Mount Ararat.  When his findings have been reviewed by his peers, his claims have been rejected.

You can review his web site by clicking here.

How in the world could ALL animals fit into the Ark?

First, why take adult full-sized animals, when youthful smaller animals would accomplish the same thing? Second, why put fish or other aquatic animals/creatures on the Ark when surrounded by water? Third, why put burrowing animal/creatures like insects, snails and worms in the Ark? As you can see, logically rethinking the situation reduces the count considerably. An excellent resource is available to you written by John Woodmorappe entitled, Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study . See the Publications page, Noah's Ark Books (#18) to review a copy at

Here are a few points of interest:

  • One pair (two) of each unclean animal. (Gen 7:2, 15)
  • Seven pairs (fourteen) of the clean animals and birds. (Gen 7:2, 15) (p 8)
    • Clean animals are identified in Leviticus 11.
  • Clean animals and birds used for food and sacrifice. (Gen 8:20)
  • It is estimated that there were about 16,000 animals on the Ark. (p 13)
  • Only 11% of the animals on the Ark were substantially larger than sheep. (p 13)
  • The animals would have occupied 46.8% of the Ark's floor space. (p15)
  • Dry food: 4378 tons (1990 metric tons) 6-12% Ark volume. (p 18)
  • Drinking water: 1.07 million gal (4.07ML) 9.4% of Ark volume. (p 20)


What is Noah's wife's name?

Many have asked about Noah's wife's name. Her name is not mentioned in the bible.

Fictionalized accounts have made up names based upon conjecture. Such a story, "A Prayer for the Earth: The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife", written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, et al, portrays a woman tasked with gathering seeds for all plants before the rains come.

The name of Noah's wife as listed in Eisenberg's book is "Naamah" and in Hebrew means pleasing.

Are there expeditions planned to search for Noah's Ark?

Yes, there is a team called Ark Research Project that is comprised of scientists, technicians, videographers, photographers, mountain climbers and other dedicated team members. They are planning an expedition to locate and document the Ark of Noah.

Can I use the pictures on your Web site for my school?

I have tried to be very careful with copyrights and have listed credits for images other than my own. They are listed in the Credits and Thanks page. If my name or signature is not on them, they are not mine for release.

If my name or signature is on them, please let me know which ones you are interested in and you may use them unaltered. Do not modify the image and state the appropriate credit when used.

If you wish to publish the images or wish exclusive rights, please email me with specific details and we will proceed from there.

Photos of a recent trip to Turkey courtesy of Ark Research Project are now available at Publication Page. Please stop by, take a look and let me know what you think!

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