Noah’s Flood Hypothesis May Not Hold Water
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Part of
International Research Group Refuting Popular
Troy, N.Y — In 1996, marine geologists William Ryan and Walter
Pitman published a scientifically popular hypothesis, titled
Noah’s Flood Hypothesis. The researchers presented evidence of
a bursting flood about 7,500 years ago in what is now the Black
Sea. This, some say, supports the biblical story of Noah and
But, such a forceful flood could not have taken place, says
Jun Abrajano, professor of earth and environmental sciences at
Rensselaer. He is part of an international team of scientists
who refute the so-called Noah’s Flood Hypothesis.
Abrajano cites evidence of a much more gradual rising of the
Black Sea that began to occur 10,000 years ago and continued
for 2,000 years.
According to the Noah’s Flood Hypothesis, the Black Sea was a
freshwater lake separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a
narrow strip of land now broken by the Bosporus Strait. Ryan
and Pitman argue that the Mediterranean broke through the land
and inundated the Black Sea with more than 200 times the force
of Niagara Falls. The salty powerful flood swiftly killed the
freshwater mollusks in the Black Sea. This, they say, accounts
for fossil remains that can be dated back 7,500 years.
Abrajano’s team has challenged the theory by studying
sediments from the Marmara Sea, which sits next to the Black
Sea and opens into the Mediterranean.
The team found a rich mud, called sapropel in the Marmara. The
mud provides evidence that there has been sustained interaction
between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for at least 10,000
“For the Noah’s Ark Hypothesis to be correct, one has to
speculate that there was no flowing of water between the Black
Sea and the Marmara Sea before the speculated great deluge,”
says Abrajano. “We have found this to be incorrect.”
GSA (Geological Society of America) Today magazine recently
published a paper in its May 2002 edition based on Abrajano’s
research. His research also will be published this year in
Marine Geology, an international science journal.
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