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Last edited at 10:31PM on 2/13/2013
None! All the water that we have on Earth today is all the water we have ever had, it does not evaporate into space as some like to claim, because of this strange thing called rain :/ So, keeping that in mind, if we could melt every bit of ice and snow everywhere on Earth and bring every cloud down to Earth the sea level would rise by no more then 650 ft. This would still leave 3/4's of the current landmass above sea level. The "great flood" never happened, it was just a story meant to scare bronze-age humans into believing in god.
Well, flooding was an aspect of stories of that day, such as the flood in the poem Gilgamesh. The people who that story comes from lived close to rivers, so flooding would have been an aspect of their lives.
My favorite is the Mediterranean rising at the end of the last mini ice age, and pouring into the Black Sea, which had been a landlocked fresh water lack. You can read about it in Noah's Flood by Ryan and Pitman. There also was a story about that in National Geographic in 1999 and a BBC documentary in 1996. If we accept this suggestion, the event that have rise not just to Noah's story but also to other ancient flood stories is the one found by Ryan and Pitman.
The Noahide myth is based on the story of Unapishtim from the much older Epic of Gilgamesh, which predates Genesis by almost three thousand years.
The Epic of Gilgamesh was in turn based on the story of King Ziasthudra of Sumeria, who saved his worldly goods (including a menagerie) from a flood of the Euphrates River by floating them down the river on a barge, which later ran aground on a hill.
To take the Noahide myth literally is foolish, as it involves a host of impossibilities. Science has shown there was never a global flood, it is impossible to put that many animals with that many dietary and environmental requirements on a single vessel, the vessel would not have held up against such weather, and the genetic bottleneck alone would mean no species would have survived past a couple generations.
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Last edited at 3:58PM on 2/14/2013
Skeptik brings up what are the origins of the stories for the Noah myth, The floods that happened are not fully known fr sure, but there were many floods that happened in the distant past. One is the well documented fact that the Mediterranean ocean dried up when Gibraltar mover and met up with the Continent of Africa, then separated again to flood the area, raising the level of the Caspian and black seas. There are documented floods of the rivers in the middle east as well.