Scientists uncover hidden Mayan city of 10M people in Guatemala

February 5, 2018 by  
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An international team of researchers have identified tens of thousands of previously unknown Mayan structures using a high-tech aerial mapping technology known as Lidar. Discovered in the jungles of Guatemala , the ancient structures include homes, pyramids, defense installations, large-scale agricultural fields, and irrigation canals, suggesting that up to 10 million people lived in the area at its peak. “That is two to three times more [inhabitants] than people were saying there were,” Marcello A Canuto, a professor of anthropology at Tulane University, told The Guardian . Those that did live there clearly altered the landscape far more dramatically than previously thought. The research team, which includes scientists from the United States , Europe, and Guatemala working in collaboration with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation , used Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, to virtually cut through the thick jungle . Lidar works by bouncing pulsed laser light off of the ground to unveil contours otherwise hidden. In addition to its use in archaeology, lidar also serves to assist the control and navigation of self-driving cars. Further areas of lidar application include seismology, laser guidance, and atmospheric physics. Related: Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins The recent discoveries in the Peten region of Guatemala have shown that in some areas of the now-thick jungle, up to 95 percent of land was used for agriculture . “Their agriculture is much more intensive and therefore sustainable than we thought, and they were cultivating every inch of the land,” Francisco Estrada-Belli, research assistant professor at Tulane University, told The Guardian . To do so, the Mayans drained swampland that even today is considered unfit for farming. The large scale of the projects demonstrates the coordinated effort required to complete them. “There’s state involvement here, because we see large canals being dug that are re-directing natural water flows,” Thomas Garrison, assistant professor of anthropology at Ithaca College in New York, told The Guardian . Despite the discovery’s massive size, it would have likely remained unknown without Lidar technology. “I found [an ancient road],” explained Garrison, “but if I had not had the Lidar and known that that’s what it was, I would have walked right over it, because of how dense the jungle is.” Via The Guardian Images via Ithaca College and Depositphotos

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Jungle Bar is a sustainable insect-infused protein bar

April 13, 2015 by  
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Icelandic startup  Crowbar Protein is crowdfunding sustainable protein bars made using edible insects. Jungle Bar is a protein bar made with dates, sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, chocolate and cricket flour. The flour is made out of crickets that have been specially farmed for human consumption in a sustainable way, which are then dried and ground down to fine flour. Crowbar Protein co-founder Búi Aðalsteinsson created the Fly Factory last year and realized that there was a real demand for insect products. You can support Crowbar Protein‘s mission to create delicious food products made with edible insects and help educate people in western society about the individual and social benefits of eating edible insects by supporting their Kickstarter campaign here . + Crowbar Protein on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cricket flour , Crowbar Protein , Crowbar Protein crickets , edible crickets , edible insect protein bar , edible insects , Jungle Bar , Jungle Bar protein , kickstarter campaigns , reader submission

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Peru is planning a highway through the world’s most biodiverse protected place

February 16, 2015 by  
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  In Peru, they’re planning to pave paradise and lay down a freeway. Scientists highlighted Peru’s Manu National Park last year as being at the top of the list of natural protected areas in terms of amphibian and reptile diversity. The park has been under attack by oil and gas exploration for years, but now, as  David Hill of the Guardian writes, a potentially more serious threat to Manu is a 620-mile national highway that’s set to get underway. Read the rest of Peru is planning a highway through the world’s most biodiverse protected place Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodiversity , building , construction , environmental destruction Peru , green transportation , highway , jungle , manu , manu national park , peru , Peru highway , Peru highway fragile areas , Peru protected areas , road , tropical rainforest destruction , UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

October 2, 2014 by  
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Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector , and increasing numbers of tourists sensitive to the needs of both local populations and the environment, the couple felt that the time was right to reach out and found an eco-community. The name “Gekkotel” is comprised of “gekko” (“ gecko ” in Spanish), merged with “tel” (from “hotel”) to conjure the image of an environmentally friendly getaway in the natural setting of Costa Rica. Read the rest of Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andres Pang , beach , conservation , Costa Rica , Crowdfunding , eco community , eco hotel , eco resort , ecocommunity , Gekkotel , jungle , Matt Becker , mountain

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Guests Can Sleep Among the Trees in Peru’s Posada Amazonas Jungle Lodge

May 24, 2012 by  
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Man-Made Jungle: Exotic Architecture for Rain Forests & More

April 8, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel & Nature & Ecosystems . ] Beautiful and untamed, the jungle can be an inhospitable setting for human inhabitance when dwellings are not designed in harmony with the climate and landscape.

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Is San Francisco Dangerous for Pedestrians?

November 12, 2009 by  
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Source: Dangerous By Design It’s the Jungle Out There! San Francisco is definitely pedestrian-friendly in many ways compared to many cities, but being walkable doesn’t always mean that it is safe . A new report by Transportation for America ranks the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area 13th safest for walkers, based on an index that takes into account annual pedestrian deaths and the percentage of workers who commute by foot. Our friends at

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