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Place in news: Nazca Lines

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  • October 22, 2020
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Place in news: Nazca Lines

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Geography

In news

  • Recently, Peru’s famous Nazca Lines was in news. 
  • A massive carving of a resting cat on the slope of a steep hill was discovered there.

Important value additions

Nazca Lines

  • The Nazca Lines are a group of very large geoglyphs made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
  • They were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE by people making depressions or shallow incisions in the desert floor, removing pebbles and leaving differently coloured dirt exposed.
  • There are many figurative designs of animals and plants. 
  • The figures include pelicans (the largest ones sized around 935 feet long), Andean Condors (443 feet), monkeys (360 feet), hummingbirds (165 feet), and spiders (150 feet).
  • Geometric shapes, such as triangles, trapezoids and spirals, are also found.
  • Some designs have been associated with astronomical functions as well.
  • The Lines were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.

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