Could Noah's Ark have stayed afloat ? Image Credit: Domenico Morelli
Scientists have calculated that fitting two of every animal on the ark may have actually been feasible.
Whether or not you believe that the events in the biblical tale of Noah's Ark literally happened, few could argue that the story has been subjected to a lot more scrutiny than most.
Now with the release of the new movie 'Noah' starring Russell Crowe, physics students at the University of Leicester set about trying to determine if the Ark would have been buoyant enough to keep two of every animal species on Earth afloat.
Basing their calculations on the measurements given in the Bible and the assumption that there are 35,000 unique species to account for, the team determined that the resulting vessel, measuring 144m long, would have been capable of carrying the full complement of 70,000 individual animals.
"You don't think of the Bible necessarily as a scientifically accurate source of information, so I guess we were quite surprised when we discovered it would work," said student Thomas Morris. "We're not proving that it's true, but the concept would definitely work."
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