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Satellite image from Google Earth. Altitude 2400 feet.

The Nazca or Nasca lines are groups of large line drawings and figures that appear, from a distance, to be etched into the earth's surface on the arid Pampa Colorada northwest of the city of Nazca in southern Peru. Since their discovery in the 1920s, the lines have been variously interpreted, but their significance remains largely shrouded in mystery.

The Nazca lines were constructed more than 2,000 years ago by the people of the Nazca culture (c. 200 BC–AD 600).

Nazca culture: A pre-Incan civilization that flourished on the southern coast of Peru from about 200 B.C. to about A.D. 600, known for its polychrome vessels decorated with stylized designs and for the enormous drawings of geometric and zoomorphic forms etched in the desert floor 200 miles south of Lima.

Size comparison: The Empire State Building was built in 1931 and is 1250 feet tall. By comparison the Nazca line - Trapezoid (see above) is 1250 feet long.


See Also



The Nazca Lines An enigma of archeology.


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Nazca Lines: The Monkey.


Nazca Lines: The Spider.


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Last updated: February 14, 2009