Thursday, 29th June 2006 by James Turnbull
The bizarre Nazca Lines were created thousands of years ago (between 200BC and 600AD) using simple tools to scrape away the dark pebbles and reveal the light sand underneath.
Although they’re called the Nazca lines, the famous geoglyphs also feature hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards and this giant parrot. But nobody’s really sure why the Nazca people went to all this effort – the images are so large that they couldn’t have seen them without some sort of aircraft, and that’s not very likely as the lines predate manned flight by just a few years.
Apparently for the best view of the lines you need to take a flight over the 53 mile area.
Thanks: too many people to list who submitted this before and after it was high resolution. Thanks all!