Where Did All the Water Go From Noah's Flood?

"And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days."

Genesis 7:24

2 “The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.” (5 months)

Genesis 8:2-3

4 “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.”

Genesis 8:4-5

“And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.”

Genesis 8:13-14

                 Mountains of Ararat

How did so much water go away and dry up so fast in four months?

In Genesis 9:8-16, God makes a promise.

8 “And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

Look at these verses in Psalm 104:6-9.

6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

Psalm 104:6-9

The waters of the flood were above the mountains.  Then God spoke.  In verse 8 when it says they went up by the mountains, literally in the Hebrew it means "the mountains rose up."  When it says: "they go down by the valleys," it literally means the ocean basins were pushed downward, and it indicates a splitting apart took place between the mountain ranges.  In verse 9 it says God set a bound so they may never again cover the land to flood the earth.  That goes back to the promise God made to Noah and his family.  A promise of which the rainbow is a remembrance of the promise God made.

Picture in your mind the flood waters settling down, and the sediments have now settled in place. Now God speaks and land mass and sediments which were under water now rise upward to form high mountain ranges, and the valleys sink down to form deep ocean basins.


Can you picture waters being raised up and running off the large land mass and running into the ocean basins God was forming? The Hebrew words also indicate a splitting apart to form wide valleys between mountain ranges.

Why are marine fossils found on top of all the highest mountain ranges?

Two choices:

(1) There was an ancient seafood restaurant up there.


(2) Those mountains were at one time all under water.