We know that Noah’s Ark is always on your mind, dear reader, so we strive to satisfy your craving for solid facts. There is no better source than the world’s greatest expert on that topic — Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo just posted this on his blog: How Much Water Was On Board the Ark? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
We know there was plenty of water outside the Ark during Noah’s Flood. But have you ever thought about how much water Noah and his family would have needed on board and how they would obtain it?
Of course, they would need drinking water for themselves and all the animals. Water would also have been required for bathing and for washing clothes and dishes. Noah’s family could have used it to clean out some of the animal stalls, and some of the amphibians would have occasionally needed their water to be switched out.
Bathing and washing clothes? Why? We need to bathe, but that’s because we’re sinners. Noah and his family were holy people. They wouldn’t need to bother with things like that. Anyway, they and the animals needed water to drink, so let’s read on:
At the Ark Encounter, now under construction in northern Kentucky (see associated photo above), we have calculated approximately how much water would have been required for all of these activities.
Wow — we’re impressed! The creation scientists at AIG have been working on that problem. Hambo continues:
The Ark had more than enough space to comfortably house cisterns large enough for one-fourth of the required water, which is equivalent to roughly a three-month supply. Actually, there is enough space for even larger cisterns, but to keep the water from becoming stagnant it is better to continually replenish a smaller amount.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Besides room for Noah, his family, and thousands of animals — including dinosaurs! — there was “more than enough space” for large cisterns. That’s amazing! On with the article:
So where did all this fresh water come from? Noah could have used the Ark’s roof to collect and funnel rain to large cisterns. From there, the water could be piped to locations throughout the Ark.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! At a time when there was no such thing as plumbing, Noah had a system of pipes running all over the ark! Another excerpt:
Undoubtedly, there was enough rain during the initial phase of the Flood to keep the cisterns full, but would there be sufficient rainfall during the rest of the time they were on the Ark?
Good question! Hambo has the answer:
Our calculations show that just one inch of rain per week would have kept the cisterns stocked. This is about the same amount as the average precipitation in Kentucky. The evaporation of warm floodwaters would have likely caused more than enough rain to fall during the remainder of Noah’s time on the Ark, ensuring they had plenty of water.
Brilliant — absolutely brilliant! It’s what we’ve come to expect from ol’ Hambo. The rest of his post is a promotion for his Ark Encounter project, so this is where we’ll quit. You have more than enough to think about.
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