Actually we can show scientifically that these words should not be taken too literally. Radius of the Earth is ~ 6370000 m. Area of sphere is $4 \pi r^2$ = ~ 5.1 * 10^14 m^2.. What must be increase of water level on the entire planet to cover the all lands? The highest mountain Everest (unknown at the time of writing Old Testament) has height 8848 m.. if we multiply by area of the Earth, we will get approximate volume of water needed to cover entire planet 5.1*10^14 m^2 * 88
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