Biblical Flood Proof? Scientist Robert Ballard Claims To Have Found Evidence

By Melissa Siegel on December 11, 2012 11:02 AM EST

Noahs Ark
A modern-day replica of Noah's Ark was built in 2007 to warn people about the impact of global warming. (Photo: REUTERS / Fatih Saribas)

Robert Ballard believes he has found proof of the biblical flood.

Ballard, an underwater archaeologist, told ABC News that there is evidence that the famous flood in the Bible is based on actual events. Ballard spoke with the network about the biblical flood for a two-part series about the history of the Bible.

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The scientist investigated a theory first put forth by two students at Columbia University. They claim that the Black Sea was flooded by the Mediterranean Sea, creating a surge of water 200 times stronger than Niagara Falls. This story was then passed down among generations until it became the tale of Noah and the biblical flood, according to this theory.

So Ballard decided to investigate the validity of this biblical flood theory. He and his team found an ancient shoreline deep in the Black Sea's waters.  They believe this is proof that some disaster happened there at around 5,000 B.C. This disaster could have been the basis for the biblical flood.

"It probably was a bad day," Ballard told ABC News. "At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under."

ABC News also reports that Ballard and his team discovered a ship in the Black Sea last year. However, they have dated this boat back to only 500 B.C., after the biblical flood supposedly took place.

In fact, Ballard told ABC News that it is unlikely he will ever find evidence of Noah's Ark. However, he still hopes to discover remains of the people who lived near the Black Sea before their lives were destroyed by the great flood.

"It's foolish to think you will ever find a ship," Ballard said. "But can you find people who were living? Can you find their villages that are underwater now? And the answer is yes."

This evidence of the biblical flood is not Ballard's first incredible discovery. According to the Huffington Post, the scientist previously found remnants of the Titanic.

However, there are some who feel they have found evidence of the ark Noah used during  the biblical flood. Several books were  published in the mid-1900s about the ark, including a 1976 work entitled "In Search of Noah's Ark." According to Live Science, the book claims that photographic evidence of the ark has been found.

CBS also put on an embarrassing spectacle back in 1993, when the network aired a television special called, "The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark." The show included an interview with a man named George Jammal, who claimed to have discovered a piece of the ark. He was later revealed to be an actor who was paid for his statements.

Then, back in 2006, another group of scientists found evidence of the ark in Iran.  They argued that a rock formation in the Elburz mountains resembled the shape of Noah's famous boat. However, Live Science feels this is just an example of pareidolia, where people see images they want to see in random patterns or shapes.

There is at least one example of a giant ark in today's society. As we previously reported, a man in China built his own version so he could survive the upcoming apocalypse on December 21.

No word yet on whether it can survive a biblical-like flood.

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