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UNESCO World Heritage site Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered a 37 metre long cat on the famous Nazca lines of Peru.

Nazca lines consists of hundreds of gigantic geoglyph that date back more than 200 decades. The newly discovered cat Geoglyph is older than the ones discovered earlier. The cat figure was 37 metres long and date from the Paracas Era 500 BC to 200 AD.

Geoglyphs in the region are still intact mainly due to the dry climate of the region.

About Nazca lines

Nazca lines are a group of Geoglyphs that are made on the ground using elements of landscape such as gravel, stones dirt or lumber. The Other figures discovered were Pelican, monkey, hummingbirds, andean Condor and spiders. A part from these figures there are also the Trapezoids, Triangles, spirals.

In 1927, Nazca lines were discovered. In 1994 Nazca lines was declared the UNESCO world Heritage site .

About Nazca plate

Nazca plate is named after the Nazca region. The movement of this Nazca plate causes several volcanic eruptions in the South American region.

Nazca plate has special importance as it is one of the fastest moving tectonic plates on this Planet. It moves at a rate of 3.7 cm each year. The Andes mountain range is volcanic because of the subduction of plate.

The plate subducts South American tectonic plate. 2010 Earthquake in Chile was because of Thrust faulting focal mechanism caused by the subduction of plate beneath the South American tectonic plates.

The thrust fault is a break in the earth crust through which the older rocks or pushed above the younger rocks.

About Paracas Culture

Geoglyphs in Peru belongs to the Paracas culture. It approximately belongs to the period between 800 BCE and 100 BCE. The Paracas culture is known for its extensive knowledge of water management and irrigation. The people of Paracas era mummified the dead. The dry climate of the region was the main reason for the mummified remains to stay intact even after these many years. The region has a dry climate due to the Peruvian Ocean Current.

About Peruvian Ocean Current

Peruvian Ocean Current is also known as Humboldt Current. Ocean current flows along the Western coast of South America. It extends from Southern Chile to Northern Peru. The current diminishes the temperature and prevents rain keeping the region dry.

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