A flood of biblical proportions more than likely really did occur around the time Noah built his ark, says one historian, and he has proof.
Robert Ballard, who famously found the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985 and was more recently involved in the search for Amelia Earhart's plane, says there is a very real possibility that during Noah's time period--about 12,000 years ago--massively iced-over lands collided with the sudden rising of the Mediterranean Sea, creating a wall of water which would have wiped out everything in its path with a force 200 times greater than that of Niagara Falls.
"Where I live in Connecticut there was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers; that's a big ice cube," he said. "But then it started to melt. We're talking about the floods of our living history."
Ballard has been working on an underwater expedition to prove such a cataclysmic event occurred, and says he found an ancient shoreline 400 feet below the surface of the Black Sea. Carbon dating on shells discovered there prove there was an event powerful enough to bury the shoreline around 5,000 B.C., which is the time some say Noah lived.
"It probably was a bad day," Ballard said. "At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under."
Ballard doesn't hold out hope of actually finding an ark, but he does believe there are many treasures beneath the sea around Turkey and is making plans for more expeditions there. So far he's found pottery and an ancient shipwreck which still held the bones of its occupants.