Nazca Lines, Peru, satellite image

Nazca Lines, Peru, satellite image

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Nazca Lines, Peru. Satellite image of the series of ancient geoglyphs (landscape drawings) in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru, known as the Nazca Lines. These geoglyphs cover huge areas and can only be properly seen from the air. They were made by removing the dark surface stone to reveal a lighter stone layer underneath. They are thought to have been made by the Nazca, a native South American people, between around 400 and 650 AD. Theories about the lines have ranged from uses in astronomy (for seasonal agriculture) to ceremonial uses in religion. Imaged by the Pleiades satellites, in 2013.

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