I believe the account of the great flood in Genesis has the 'ring of truth'. It is based on the detailed records that Noah kept of a real event. It is amazing that a record from which a flood hydrograph can be quite accurately constructed has been preserved for so long. What a wonderful testimony to the reliability of Scripture! However the account only makes sense if we accept that it was an extensive regional flood in an area of low relief like the flood plain and fringing terraces of a great river valley.

I am confident that the lower part of the ark remains where it came to rest. The lower part was buried in silts deposited by the floodwaters. The silt dried out quickly. Doubtless the upper, exposed, part of the ark was dismantled for its timber. There is no reason why, in an area with such a remarkably dry climate, the buried section should not be preserved. To find the ark it is essential to look in the right sort of place. It will never be found on Mt Ararat! It might be found by:
(a) Studying wind patterns around the weather systems that produce flooding in the Tigris-Euphrates valley. This will give a clue to the direction the drying wind blew from for so long. The wind and the current would combine to determine the direction the ark drifted in.

(b) Studying the topography of the Lower Tigris and Euphrates valley and fringing areas. Are there low, flat-topped, hills standing 14 metres of so above the rivers.

(c) Looking at the place name, 'Mountains of Ararat'. Isn't it possible that this could refer to somewhere other than the mountains of Armenia. Perhaps there is another Ararat in a more realistic location. Are there any ancient place names in Iran or Iraq that refer to a boat?

I would welcome information on any of these matters. My guess would be that the ark is buried somewhere in Eastern Iraq or Western Iran.

Finally, Bible believing Christians should accept what the Bible says about the flood. If you take the Bible seriously you must abandon the idea that the flood was global in extent. The flood described in Genesis covered a vast area but was only 22 metres deep. It was Noah's world that was drowned.