Mt. Ararat is a volcano with a basalt dome covering its top and a glacier on top of that. It is 16,854 feet high with its top in permanent snow and ice. Have you ever climbed anything that high? Every step is an agony; you can't catch your breath and the environment saps your will to continue. Another 200 feet higher is the "death zone," a region that you MUST leave after a day or two or the shortage of breathable oxygen will kill you.
Some of that basalt cap is broken into large boat-shaped pieces, some of which are gradually being uncovered by global warming. Those pieces are clearly visible from four miles away. That's what Napoleon saw. But after the Olympian effort needed to reach the viewpoint, he had nothing left with which to travel the other four miles. He gave up and went down. He saw the "Ark," or what he took to be the Ark, from a distance of several miles and never went any closer. And that's the story behind nearly every other person who ever "saw" the Ark.
I believe it was Ron Wyatt who recovered a 400-year-old piece of wood and tried to say it was from the Ark, conveniently forgetting that the snow-line was a couple hundred feet higher during the Medieval Warm Period. Also forgetting that Mt. Ararat is in a military security zone and visitors these days are in serious danger of being shot.
Edited by Doug1o29, 08 May 2013 - 05:58 PM.