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« on: April 29, 2007, 09:08:18 am »

 



FROM SPACE                                                                                                         continued



A long-standing mystery of the pre-Columbian New World concerns the population density of the ancient Maya lands lying under the Central American jungle.

It has previously been difficult to equate the enormous population that would have been necessary
to construct the great temple cities of the Maya with their supposed method of agriculture; that is,
slash and burn the jungle foliage, plant and harvest a crop and then move to another area, as is
still done by their descendants.

Early reports of former very large concentrations of populations, as submitted by the missionary
priest Bartolome' de las Casas to the King of Spain, in an effort to protect the Indians from genocide, were generally considered then and, up to now, to be extremely exaggerated.

When one flies over the Mayan lands, one normally sees only a canopy of trees.  But recently a new type of radar - synthetic aperture radar - developed by NASA for use in penetratintg the clouds of Venus during the PIONEER probe of Venus (and other uses of a more military nature) was also em-
ployed over the jungles of Guatemala and Belize in 1977, during a geodetic survey. 

Continuing study of the photographs revealed the apparent presence of an extended system of
canals under the forest cover.  Follow-up verification by a land expedition under the direction of
Dr. T. Culburt of the University of Arizona and Dr. E. Adams of the the Univeristy of Texas, has in-
dicated that the Maya had an advanced system of irrigation and drainage, enabling them to grow continuing crops sufficient to feed millions of the inhabitants of their great cities and surrounding
settlements.



 
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