Nazca Stone-Peru-"The Whale"~CRNSWHA1

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Nazca Stone-Peru-"The Whale"~CRNSWHA1 Just late last year, scientists discovered over 140 new geoglyphs known as Nazca lines: a mysterious, ancient cluster of giant figures etched long ago into the desert terrain of southern Peru. These massive, sprawling representations of humans, animals, and objects date back in some cases 2,500 years, and are so large, many of them can only be identified from the air. While the purpose of these large motifs drawn by the ancient Nazca culture remains debated, we do at least know how they were constructed. All of these figures were created by removing the black stones that cover the land, thereby exposing the white sand beneath. These Nazca Stones are painted with an assortment of the actual geoglyphs. Some zoomorphic geoglyphs have an identity crisis, especially this one. Known variously as the pelican, alcatraz (an old Spanish word for pelican), phoenix, flamingo or cormorant, the only sure thing about this design is that it represents some kind of bird. Its stunted winged body leads to a lengthy zigzagging neck, which ends in a narrow head and beak. The pelican isn’t particularly wide, but at 935 feet in length, it’s certainly one of the longest of all the Nazca geoglyphs. 57mm x 36mm x 16mm

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