For this Holy Weekend, I thought that I would submit a weblog with an appropriate biblical theme. Last month, I had an opportunity to give a presentation at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and met a fascinating scientist named Dr. William Ryan. Dr. Ryan is a geologist and co-author of a thought-provoking book named Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries with fellow scientist Walter Pitman. Ryan and Pitman provide evidence in their book that about 5600 BC, rising water in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea burst through the Bosporus valley and poured into the Black Sea basin, raising the water level there about 350 feet to its present level. In 2001, explorer Robert Ballard found wood and other items at around 350 feet in the Black Sea that seem to corroborate Ryan and Pitman's theory. Accordingly, this theory has been seen as giving proof to the legitimacy of the Noah's Ark story. I have always referred to Titanic as the Ultimate Shipwreck; however I am at a loss as to what I could call Noah's Ark. Maybe I should call Noah's Ark the Ultimate Shipwreck and the Titanic as the Penultimate Shipwreck? Please let me know what you think about the great flood story and Noah's Ark?