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  1. Terry December 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Could you please explain what you mean when you wrote “Water depth increase in his cask is probably the source of the 15 cubits of reported water level increase.”

  2. Juan December 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I am curious about one thing and maybe you can explain furter. You wrote “the swelling of the dried lumber planks as they became saturated with water provided the ships primary water tightness.”
    I was wondering about leaks due to swelling. What’s your thoughts on this?

  3. Mike Akridge December 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Terry,
    This is really speculation on my part. Truth is, it is unclear how Noah could know how much rain had fallen or how deep the water was in his ship’s area as the flood event began. Noah was sealed up inside the ship before it ever floated away. He might have known how much water was required to float it off its foundation but that requires that he know its weight and buoyancy. Nevertheless, it makes complete sense that he had a water cask on board, and it makes sense that rain was used to fill it- rain from off the ship’s deck. In addition, Noah would have had taps in the cask for convenient access on multiple levels. With multiple taps, he had a rain depth gauge on board.

    Thanks for the question.

    Mike.

  4. Philipe January 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Curious about your comment on how long Noah had to build the ark. You said he had up to 120 years to plan and build the ark. How did you come up with this figure?

  5. Mike Akridge January 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Philipe,
    Gen 6:3 suggests that God had made a decision to destroy life on Earth in 120 years. It is assumed that shortly thereafter Noah was notified of his shipbuilding task. If 120 years is indeed correct, Noah had time to plant, prune, and harvest trees suitable for his ship’s construction, although he may have simply purchased lumber and material.

    Thanks for the question,

    Mike.

  6. Mike Akridge January 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Juan,
    I do not completely understand your question. I will assume that you are curious about planks swelling and moving in such a way as to cause leaks. This could happen if the lumber was not planed to consistent thickness. Thick planks would swell with force adequate to buckle thin planks and could cause failure. However, planked boats usually leak until planks have swollen tight. Boats are often allowed to sink for a few days to allow swelling, then when pumped out, they float without leaks.

    Thanks for the question,

    Mike.

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