The Atacama Giant

The puzzling case of the Atacama Giant

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Although the function of the geoglyphs of the Atacama Desert still remains a mystery, it is undeniable that they had, and probably still have, a huge impact on the landscape and the people who live in the region. It is hoped that the geoglyphs will be preserved for future generations, and that further research may one day uncover their secrets.   

Featured image: The Atacama Giant ( Wikimedia Commons ) with superimposed outline sketch of the geoglyph ( Wikimedia Commons ).

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The Llamas are cute!

rbflooringinstall's picture

I'm not sure how I missed this article back in Oct. but it is pretty cool. You don't hear much about these geoglyphs. Like the Nazca lines, I'm sure they were a way of signalling the pilots of the ancient flying ships or whatever you want to call them.

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