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The sky was turning gray, and Noah thought to himself, “It looks like rain.”
And so, with one, big last push, he got that reluctant elephant up into the ark.
Whew! 100 years is a long time to work on one job!
Noah sat down by the door of the ark and wiped the sweat from his forehead. At last he was finished with all that God had asked him to do. Noah was 600 years old when he did all that God asked him to.
Seven days went by, one for each day it took to make the word God was about wash clean.
And then the flood came.
“Now it’s time for you and your family to get into the ark!” The Lord said to Noah.
So Noah and his wife, and his three sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives; all got into the ark. Then the Lord himself reached down from heaven and shut the door.
Water poured from the sky and rushed up from the ground.
The Great Flood had come.
Lightning flashed. Thunder crashed. The winds blew huge waves across the water.
The water lifted the giant wooden boat from the ground. It lifted it above Noah’s house. It lifted it above the trees in his backyard.
The ark tossed in the storm above Noah's neighbor’s house, above the whole town, and everyone who lived there.
It rained for forty days and forty nights.
It rained so hard that Noah’s ark floated above even the highest mountains. There was no dry ground left at all.
Half of Greenland and vast areas of Antarctica are destined to melt if global warming continues at the same pace until the end of the century, scientists warned yesterday. Their research shows that the loss of so much ice will trigger dramatic rises in sea levels, ultimately swamping low-lying regions of Essex, Lincolnshire and Norfolk and threatening the flood defences of cities such as London, Liverpool and Bristol. The last time so much ice was lost from the poles - in a period between ice ages 129,000 years ago - global sea levels rose by four to six metres.
Experts believe many coastal regions would suffer long before sea levels rose significantly, because even a minor rise will make storm surges more devastating and increase the risk of flooding. A rise of one metre would in effect close the port of London as the Thames barrier would need to be raised for 300 days a year to protect the city, according to one scientist.