That boat can float. The dimensions of the ark indicate that it was more of a barge than a ship. It was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It had about 95,700 square feet on three decks, 1,400,000 cubic feet and a gross tonnage of 13,960. It was fully large enough to carry its cargo. Its carrying capacity equaled that of 522 standard railroad stockcars, which can carry 125,000 sheep. The ark was about the size of an oil tanker and was proper seagoing dimensions for an ocean voyage. Korean naval experts did a study on the ark and concluded that the ark could float.
quote:What cargo? You don't specify what the cargo was. How many "kinds" were there. Given the millions of species of living things on earth today, it seems improbable that they could have evolved in such a short time from the few kinds that would have been aboard the ark.
Ernst Mayr lists the following numbers for animals species:
The length of the ark would mean that the hull would be twisted by the action of the waves. That would spring the hull beyond the abilities of any caulking to seal. There isn't any wood that is strong enough to resist twisting.
It says that the ark was made out of gopher wood. If you went to a lumber yard to buy some gopher wood, you probably wouldnt find it. So what was gopher wood? We dont know but many people in that time built things from the cedars of Lebanon. One thing we know about cedar and cypress trees is that once it swells up, it gets tight, doesnt leak and doesnt rot in water. So it was probably some type of cedar or cypress.
Explorer Thor Heyerdahl tried to find out whether it was possible for people to go from Europe or Africa by a primitive sailing vessel to North America. He used reeds to build a ship and tried to go across. He was never able to make it, until he read Genesis and noticed that they "pitched" Noahs Ark within and without. So he took tar from the sands of Egypt, covered his boat with it and was able to sail all the way across.
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch." - Genesis 6:14
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And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually - 2 Samuel 15:12