Monday, January 16, 2012

Just trippy enough.......

As the rainforest acres are cleared about an acre a second....(sigh)...anyway, as it is cleared something is starting to be exposed. Geometric shapes. From what Era?
A thousand years ago and longer....all very trippy.

you'll find whole article HERE in the NYTimes.

Once Hidden by Forest, Carvings in Land Attest to Amazon’s Lost WorldBy SIMON ROMERO
RIO BRANCO, Brazil — Edmar Araújo still remembers the awe.

As he cleared trees on his family’s land decades ago near Rio Branco, an outpost in the far western reaches of the Brazilian Amazon, a series of deep earthen avenues carved into the soil came into focus.

“These lines were too perfect not to have been made by man,” said Mr. Araújo, a 62-year-old cattleman. “The only explanation I had was that they must have been trenches for the war against the Bolivians.”

But these were no foxholes, at least not for any conflict waged here at the dawn of the 20th century. According to stunning archaeological discoveries here in recent years, the earthworks on Mr. Araújo’s land and hundreds like them nearby are much, much older — potentially upending the conventional understanding of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.

The deforestation that has stripped the Amazon since the 1970s has also exposed a long-hidden secret lurking underneath thick rain forest: flawlessly designed geometric shapes spanning hundreds of yards in diameter.

Alceu Ranzi, a Brazilian scholar who helped discover the squares, octagons, circles, rectangles and ovals that make up the land carvings, said these geoglyphs found on deforested land were as significant as the famous Nazca lines, the enigmatic animal symbols visible from the air in southern Peru.

“What impressed me the most about these geoglyphs was their geometric precision, and how they emerged from forest we had all been taught was untouched except by a few nomadic tribes,” said Mr. Ranzi, a paleontologist who first saw the geoglyphs in the 1970s and, years later, surveyed them by plane.

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1 comment:

  1. Cool artical. I was disgusted by the comment that this may be the green light for clearing forest land. Typical of western cultural bias, that one would foolishly assume OUR culture is advanced enough to utilize an ancient method of building.