Archaeology & History
Massive Maya city revealed by lasers
By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2010 · 23 comments
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Lasers have been used to peer through the rain forests and reveal an ancient Maya metropolis in western Belize.
The airborne lasers allowed researchers to get a better picture of what the settlement had been like, as it turns out it was far larger than anyone had previously thought.
An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize.
Source: National Geographic
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