Turkey, Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat was millions of years ago by the sea

New scientific findings from palm tree fossils confirm that the entire region around Ararat formed the shores of an ancient sea millions of years ago.

The famous Mount Ararat, the highest mountain in Turkey at 5,137 meters high and where according to the Bible Noah’s Ark landed after the flood, actually formed the shores of an ancient sea millions of years ago, according to experts.

A group of Turkish academics examined the fossils found in rocks detached from the mountain top in the Tuzluca district, in the Turkish province of Iğdır, and found fossilised palm tree leaves -which normally grows at sea level- in these rocks fallen from the top of the Ararat, called Ağrı Dağı (literally “Mountain of Pain”) in Turkish.

“This region was by the sea in the Miocene period, that is, about 23 to 55 million years ago,” explained Levent Gültekin, a Turkish scientist at Atatürk University in Erzurum, adding that the territory of the current Iğdır province formed the shores of the ancient Sea of ​​Paratethys, and it was here where palm trees grew.

“Palm trees grew here millions of years ago, and there is scientific evidence to prove it,” concluded Gültekin. For their part, Celalettin Gözüaçık and Belkıs Muca Yiğit, two academics from the University of Iğdır, also support the theory based on fossil evidence that the entire region -including the Ararat- millions of years ago formed the shores of a sea.