DIKSIA.COM - The story of Noah’s Great Flood is a renowned tale in both the Bible and the Qur’an.
According to the narrative, during the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the appointed day, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens opened, causing a tremendous flood.
In that era, God observed the rampant wickedness among humanity and sent a global flood. As Noah was a righteous man, God commanded him to construct an ark to save his family and the animals.
Based on this account, scientists and researchers continue to study its origins, delving into the question of whether Noah’s flood actually occurred.
“One thing we know for sure from geology is that a global flood never took place,” said David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington in Seattle, United States, and author of ‘The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood’.
“If you consider it as a global flood that covered the highest mountains in the world, I’m sorry, but there isn’t enough water on Earth to do that,” he stated, as quoted from Live Science on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
If the ‘windows’ were opened and all the water in the atmosphere fell as rain at once, this planet would be submerged, but only to a depth of about 2.5 centimeters, according to the US Geological Survey.
That is not enough water to float a canoe, let alone a gigantic ark.
However, there’s a catch. What if the flood originated from melting glaciers? That would make more sense. According to NASA, if all the world’s glaciers and ice sheets melted, the sea level would rise over 60 meters.
A 2016 study published in the journal Nature Geoscience estimated that there are 22.6 million cubic kilometers of groundwater stored in the upper 2 km of Earth’s crust, enough to cover the land to a depth of 180 meters.
There is certainly an abundance of water, but there are cities that sit thousands of meters above sea level, and Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, rises over 8,849 meters above sea level, so it would remain unharmed. Moreover, geological experts do not find evidence of a global flood based on rock records.