1999 Mount Ararat Expedition Summary
by John McIntosh
NOAH'S ARK SUMMER-FALL RESEARCH UPDATE -- OCT 1999
Some have been wondering if anything was accomplished
in the ark research this Summer/Fall. The following is a brief summary of some of what was
The meltback this summer was the best in 70 years according to some of the local people
that live around Ararat. The conditions on the mountain remained good from late August
until early October.
Word was received during late July/early August that some limited climbing was being
permitted on Ararat . Later information was received that special military permission
could be obtained for a south face climb for $2,000 per climber. Ark Research Project
(ARP) received a unique and special permit to do research on all of the mountain but was
unable to use it due to funding problems and the lateness of the season.
Researchers from the US, Italy, Canada and New Zealand were reported to have visited the
Ararat area seeking permission to do research.
RESEARCH ON THE MOUNTAIN:
Reports have come in from various researchers of work that was done. Some researchers
obtained special military permission, some climbed without permits.
STEPHENS, ANDERSON, CRAWFORD, PALEGO, TODD SITES AND
Much of the ice cap was checked out and photographed under what has been reported to be
extreme melt back conditions. The Crawford site, Stephens/lower Anderson site, upper
Anderson site, Palego site , Bill Todd upper Red Gorge site and much of the Gorge (viewed
from above on the ice cap, from the west wall and from the lower middle canyon area) was
checked out visually .The Araxes Glacier and east Gorge wall were visually checked out. No
significant structures were observed.
- John McIntosh October, 1999
A small group did investigate the Durupinar site (mainly for
ruins above and around the site) earlier this year.
Given the comments and claims of a "great" meltback this expedition season
and no obvious structures observed, this only strengthens the case for using remote
sensing in the search for Noah's Ark. B.J. Corbin is now working with the ArcImaging research group called that is focusing
on the remote sensing approach to searching for Noah's Ark.
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