A problem with the flood: Part two
Last time I wrote about Noah’s flood, I did some basic math to figure out how much water it would take to flood the earth. If you have not read it, please check it out here. Now I would like to go over some of the other problems that I have with the story of the flood.
Last time I covered the math behind how much water it would take to flood the world. This time I want to cover some of the problems with the ark. There would have to be special storage for food and water; habitats would have to be created for different types of animals; certain animals would have to be separated. Lets start simple though, lets cover the dimensions of the ark.
Genesis says that the ark should be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. I will use the same conversion of a cubit that I did in the last post; 1 cubit = 1.5 feet. This would make the dimensions of the ark 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall. There are cruise ships today that are over three times as big, but I will go with something I am a bit more familiar with. My example will be the last ship I was stationed on, the USS Blue Ridge (BLR). The BLR measures 636.5 feet long, 108 feet wide, and about 80 feet tall. After living on the ship for three years, I can tell you that there is no way that a pair of every unclean animal and seven pair of every clean animal could fit on that; so why would I think that the ark could hold that many creatures? Lets do some estimations anyway.
As of a 2010 report there are a recorded 1,367,555 different species of animal on the earth. We can subtract the water based life (they would have died off though) and come down to about 1,200,000. Double that to 2,400,000 and this is the number of animals that Noah would have had to bring onto the ark. How and where did all these creatures fit?
At capacity the BLR can hold about 1,100 people and enough food for about 90 days, that is with modern technology. Genesis says that the water was raised for 150 days, and took another 150 to subside, how was there enough food for the Noah’s family and the animals? How was the meat for the carnivorous animals kept fresh or enough fresh vegetation for the herbivores or both for the omnivorous animals? How about fresh water for the animals? Sure, it was raining, but now for the 150 days Genesis says it took for the water to subside.
An African elephant eats about 770 lbs. of food a day. Double that to 1,540 lbs. and multiply it by 300 days and we have 462,000 lbs. just for the African elephants. There are currently two types of African elephants, bush and forest, but there are also Asian elephants. Asian elephants do not eat as much as African do, but they still eat a lot a day. With the different types of elephants, we would have to add more food, so we are looking at over a million pounds of food just for the elephant species.
How about the different environments that animals need to live? If somehow all the animals of the world were able to fit on the ark, how were their habitats maintained. Was there an arctic habitat, tropical, rain forest, desert, etc.? How were all these different habitats kept separate on such a small ship? How were the animals that lived in the same habitat, but were hunter and prey to each other kept together. How were they even created? Was there a giant cooling system that has since been lost?
So many parts of the story of Noah’s ark are so easily debunked, yet people continue to believe it as fact. A child believing tall tales is one thing, but as adults, shouldn’t we all rationalize the world around us?
These are a few of the problems that I have with the ark. For part three, I will go over some of the problems that I have with the animals and what would have happened to the earth.
I am Judging Things Today…
I volunteered to be a judge at a few of the local elementary school science fairs; or as some of the fundies I know call them “Science is not real it’s the devil, fairs.” I hope that it is going to be a lot of fun. This is going to be awesome!
A problem with the flood
I have been thinking about writing a post on some of the problems with Noah’s flood. These are things that an average person can work out if they want. One of the problems that I have brought up to believers is where all the water came from. People have given me different explanations, but none that could explain the amount of water needed. At least none within the bounds of scientific possibility. So let’s answer that question first. (Note: Please check my math. I have been out of school for a while and I did this late at night.)
How much water would there have to be in order to flood the entire earth 15 cubits above the highest mountain?
1 cubit = 1.5 feet (This is a low estimate as there are different cubit lengths documented. We will go with a low estimate.)
15 cubits = 22.5 feet
22.5 feet + 29,029 = 29,051.5 (Mt. Everest is the highest peak and is 29,029 feet above sea level)
So, now we know how high the water lever would have to rise. 29,051.5 feet. Now we need to figure out the surface area of the earth. The earth is not a perfect sphere so I will use low estimates because of that. Another reason I am going to use a low estimate is because mountains and land above sea level are already taking up surface area. (Note: If anybody would like to add those variables in to get the exact number, I am curious, but it would be a lot of work.)
Radius of the Earth: 3,963.1676 we will lower that down to 3,500 to account for the planet not being a perfect sphere and land mass above sea level. (Note: If you think I should lower the number let me know, but I did go with a smaller measurement of cubit as well.)
3,500 miles = 18,480,000 feet
Area of a sphere: A=4pr² (If you are unfamiliar with the variables, A=Area, p=pi, r=radius)
4 x 3.14 x 18480000 x 18480000 = 4,291,546,619,469,027 square feet
4,291,546,619,469,027 square feet x 29,051.5 feet = 124,675,866,615,504,437,890.5 cubic feet
1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons
7.48 gallons x 124,675,866,615,504,437,890.5 cubic feet = 932,575,482,283,973,195,420.94 gallons
So, at a rough estimate it would have taken around 932,575,482,283,973,195,420.94 gallons in order for the world to have flooded 15 cubits above the highest mountain. There’s an estimated 343,423,668,428,484,681,262 gallons of water in the oceans. So it would have to rain almost three times the amount of water in the oceans for the water level to raise that high.
So believers I ask you, where did that water come from? Where did that water go?
What do you think? Should I write another post about other parts of the flood?