Focus: News of interest about creation and evolution
- Noah Ark Searchers Safe After Kidnap
- Ark-Seeking Astronaut James Irwin Dies
- Iceman found in Glacier
- Loch Ness Search
- Howling Hybrids
- Always a Cockroach
- Speedy Star Sequence
- Learning From Spiders
- Young Oil
- All Catastrophists Now?
- Earth-Shaker Surprise
- Neanderthals Not Cannibals
A team researching a possible Noah’s Ark site in eastern Turkey was released unharmed in September by Kurdish guerrillas who had held the team members hostage for three weeks.The Ark team, consisting of Australian historian Dr Allen Roberts, Americans Dr Ron Wyatt, Marvin Wilson and Richard Rives, was kidnapped with Briton Gareth Thomas on August 30 by armed Kurds. The guerrillas finally released their hostages when they realized Dr Roberts needed medical treatment for a badly injured leg.
Dr Roberts, 59, said, ‘We could have been shot — it does happen. But, mercifully, after a few minutes we realized that wasn’t going to happen — that we were obviously of more use to them alive than dead.’ The research group had met Turkish authorities only hours before they were kidnapped to obtain permission to excavate a boat-shaped rock formation they believe could be the Ark.
The boat-shaped rock site has caused controversy in recent years. Ark-searchers have disagreed over whether it is the Ark or just an unusual natural rock formation. Dr Roberts first learned of this boat-shaped formation from an article in America’s Life magazine.
The site was exposed in 1948 after an earthquake.
The Noah’s Ark Research Foundation, of which Dr Roberts is a member, was set up in 1990 to research this site. The boat-shaped rock site lies about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the two volcanic peaks of Mount Ararat on the Armenian plateau. Dr Roberts said the site needed to be properly excavated.
Colonel Irwin was on a speaking tour of central Colorado Christian organizations at the time of his death. He had a history of heart trouble. Colonel Irwin viewed his Apollo 15 moon journey as a religious experience. He resigned from the space program in 1972 to form his evangelical High Flight Foundation in Colorado Springs.
He was involved in six expeditions to Mount Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark.
Deep frozen in a Tyrolean glacier for many centuries, the incredibly well preserved body of a young man found in September, 1991, ‘astonished the scientific world’.The implements he was carrying, such as a bronze axe and a flint knife, seem to be the reason for classifying ‘Similaun man’ (named after the glacier) as ‘bronze age’ and assigning an age of 4,000 years. Investigators working on standard cultural evolutionary assumptions have been forced to rethink. He presents as ‘far more civilized and sophisticated than previously thought’. Leather, chamois and fur were used for clothing, and he had a leather necklace. He also carried a wood framed backpack, bow, arrows and quiver, and bore several tattoos. There was clear cut evidence that he shaved and cut his fingernails.
Professor Konrad Spindler of the University of Innsbruck said: ‘This was no primitive savage. He was very well-nourished, strong and well-dressed. If I passed him on the mountain I would feel moved to greet him very politely and very respectfully.’The Australian Magazine
October 19-20, 1991, (pp. 38-42).
The Loch Ness monster may want to dive deeper. Scientists from Britain’s Natural History Museum have launched a serious four-year study into the lake’s mysteries. Museum director Dr Neil Chalmers said that for too long scientists had avoided a serious survey. He said it was remarkable that so little was known about the lake, even its depth. ‘It is time there was a comprehensive, scientific survey of Loch Ness to help us understand and protect it’, he said. Sonar equipment is being used to map underwater contours of the 35 kilometre-long lake. The water in the lake is clouded by peat and is opaque at 15 metres. It is thought to be at least 225 metres deep. Professor Colin Curds, keeper of zoology at the museum, said he believed the study would reveal formerly unknown species in the lake.
The West Australian,
July 22, 1991 (p. 37).
The endangered American red wolf (Canis rufus) is extinct in the wild, but has been bred in captivity since 1974. Recent research on its DNA suggests that it may be only a hybrid (cross) between the grey wolf and the coyote, even though it is classified as a separate species. The red wolf nevertheless was the top predator in the ecosystem of a vast area of the United States.
Nature, Vol. 351,
June 13, 1991 (p. 565).
The Billings Gazette,
June 8, 1991 (p. 9 A).
September 14, 1991 (pp. 28-41).
The Columbus Dispatch,
June 30, 1991 (p. 7C).
One proposal is that the oil may have formed no more than 1,240 years ago.
The organic debris that was carbon-14 dated may have taken many years to become incorporated in the sediments. The dating may be affected by older material in the sediments.
July August 1991 (p. 3).
April 6,1991 (p. 19).
The telegram was sent shortly before Bretz died, then in his nineties, and would have been a tremendous vindication for him. For more than 50 years he had battled to get acceptance of a hypothesis, first put forward in 1923, which was ridiculed as ‘hare-brained’ by the geological establishment. Bretz proposed, even before he had any idea of the source of the water, that what are known as the ‘Channeled Scablands’ over an area of some 40,000 square kilometres (16,000 square miles), were caused by a great flood which swept over the northwestern American States of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific, around 20,000 years ago. This idea has now been widely accepted, and is attributed to the past existence of a huge lake blocked by an ice dam which eventually gave way, perhaps more than once. Not only did such flooding leave huge deposits, it also cut deep canyons, or ‘coulees’, through solid basaltic rock, including the 275-metre (900 feet) deep Grand Coulee — in a matter of days.
July 13, 1991 (pp. 49-50).
Vol. 139 No. 18 (p. 277).
June 1,1991 (p. 341).