If you were to tromp across the Nasca Desert of southern Peru, you'd likely walk across enormous designs in the ground — we're talking as long as the Empire State Building is tall, minus the spire. You probably wouldn't know it from where you were standing, but during daytime, the designs become abundantly vivid from the perspective of a plane or a helicopter. These are known as the Nasca Lines: designs depicting monkeys, flowers, and other flora and fauna that were made by man nearly 2,000 years ago. How and why did people centuries ago create designs that can only be viewed by modern aircraft? Let us explain.
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Written by Curiosity Staff May 31, 2017
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