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July 6, 2014

Nazca Lines

The Nazca civilization is responsible for some of the most fascinating geoglyphs on the face of the Earth. They are commonly called the Nazca Lines. They include everything from spiders to monkeys to sharks, orcas, and flowers. The precision of which is incredible given that the Nazca people had no possible way of examining their work from above. The question is however, why were they made? Experts who have studied the ancient Nazca culture have tried to determine the purpose of the lines and figures. One thought is that the Nazca people created them to be seen by their gods in the sky in hopes perhaps of pleasing them. Others have advocated a purpose related to astronomy and cosmology, that maybe the lines were intended to act as a kind of observatory, to point to the places on the distant horizon where the sun and other celestial bodies rose or set in the solstices. We as a modern world have no real idea of what these ancient civilizations may have been thinking when they constructed them. We can only guess.  We do know of course, there aren’t any great gods looking down from the airplanes that pass over, or at least I don’t think so. They have been left behind to be studied and marveled at, but modern civilization is encroaching upon these figures. There are concerns about deforestation causing possible erosion problems, as well as pollution and environmental issues such as flooding. As of yet, the lines have suffered no damage.