A young earth creationist, Tas Walker, has posted the first of what I expect will be many articles by creationists debunking the new claimed Noah’s Ark site. What they have found is so obviously a natural rock formation that even creationist geologists can recognize it as such. As Walker notes, all of the pictures that Cornuke and his team brought back from the mountain in Iran are entirely consistent with a standard rock formation that has undergone deformation and metamorphosis:
From my perusal of the photos, (and I can only go from the pictures, not having visited the site), the object does not look like Noah’s Ark to me. The black object looks like a rock outcrop, and the close-up shots of the ‘beams’ suggest that the whole area has been sheared by tectonic movement, causing folding and metamorphism.
The beams with their hewn surfaces at right angles look like rock that has fractured along cleavage planes. It is just fortuitous that the resultant pieces look like wooden beams. In fact, there is an abundance of broken pieces of rock in the pictures, and most of them are smaller than beams.
He then goes on to explain how such artifacts can form as a result of mundane geological processes:
When a large region, such as a mountain range, is uplifted, the rock strata are sheared and metamorphosed by the immense forces involved. A new texture develops in the rock strata.
The new texture often involves parallel ‘cracks’, like the pages in a book, or a heap of timber planks, depending on the type of rock and the degree of metamorphism. This texture is called foliation. Once a rock is foliated, it tends to fracture along these planes.
Most people would be familiar with the way that metamorphic rocks such as shale and slate fracture. Sometimes a region can experience multiple folding and the rocks can have fracture planes in two directions and the broken pieces can look like timber when they break.
And he provides pictures of similar outcrops found elsewhere in the world. Like these rocks in Thailand:
It looks very much like planks of wood, splintered due to weathering. In fact, it’s a natural rock formation that has undergone metamorphosis. Here’s another picture from the same formation:
Looks just like wood grain, doesn’t it? It’s not. Here’s another one that looks like a huge plank from the same formation:
Walker also points out the improbability of wood becoming petrified in a mountain environment:
If the black object is the petrified remains of the wooden Ark, how was it petrified? To petrify, the timber would need to be surrounded by a mineral-rich solution and absorb it into its pore structure. It is difficult to conceive of how that could happen for a timber structure sitting on the side of the mountain. If the Ark still existed high in a mountain somewhere, it is more likely its timber would be exposed to rain and snow which would not contain the minerals to petrify it.
Like Walker, I would like to see the results of the tests they claim to have that shows it to be petrified wood. They say they have them, but have never revealed who did the testing, what tests were performed, or released the actual lab report. Having seen such claims in the past from Ron Wyatt, who claims to have all sorts of lab tests but never actually produces them for anyone else to see, a little skepticism is more than warranted.