Inconsiderate truck driver scars Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines

February 2, 2018 by  
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The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, though authorities are still conducting a full investigation of the incident. Carved into the desert by a pre- Inca civilization, the Nazca Lines are thought to have held religious significance and likely served as a site for spiritual ceremonies. Though virtually invisible if viewed from ground level, the geoglpyhs come to life when seen from above, whether on planes or surrounding foothills. The lines were originally created by removing the red pebbles that cover the ground to reveal the pale ground beneath. Because of the climactic stability of the Nazca region, located along Peru’s arid coastal plain , these ancient designs remain relatively untouched, the occasional errant truck driver notwithstanding. Related: Giant curtain built in Peru to study climate change in the cloud forests The Nazca Lines’s proximity to the Pan-American Highway, which runs 19,000 miles long from the United States to Argentina , has increased the potential for human-caused damage to the ancient site. One high-profile instance occurred in 2014, when Greenpeace activists faced criminal charges for damage inflicted on the heritage site whilst setting up a massive sign urging climate change action. While the most recent incident has prompted Peruvian authorities to increase patrols of the area, there are no guarantees. “While the Culture Ministry monitors areas with the largest concentration of geoglyphs every day, it may not be fully protected,” Peruvian Culture Ministry archaeologist Johnny Isla told Andina . “Entry and transit are possible through valleys and streams where the archaeological area spreads out.” Via The New York Times and Andina Images via Depositphotos (1)

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World’s first freeform 3D-printed house to break ground this year

February 2, 2018 by  
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The world’s first freeform 3D-printed home just got one step closer to fruition. Designed by WATG Urban , the Curve Appeal home won the Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 – and it’s slated to break ground this year after a research and development phase. The futuristic home will be the first of its kind, and it features a complex blend of curved angles and glazed windows. The home’s construction is slated for a heavily wooded lot just steps away from the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Although the design envisioned a strong futuristic aesthetic, the elongated arching structure with glazed walls is actually designed to provide a strong connection to nature through its open-plan living spaces and optimal natural light . Inspired by the Case Study Houses, a program developed between 1945-1966, the 3D-printed home is designed to use minimal materials. Related: WATG unveils plans for the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house Since winning the competition, the architects have been working along with 3D specialists, Branch Technology to create the sophisticated structure. The company is known for its innovative 3D technology that can create complex forms rarely seen in other 3D projects. According to the company “The arching form provides structural rigidity to the residence, using various spring points throughout the floor plan, allowing the structure to carry roof loads and provide large open-plan living spaces, shaping structures in new ways without any restrictions.” According to the Chicago-based architects, Curve Appeal is the next evolutionary step in the world of modern residential design and could lead sustainable architecture into the next generation. The architects and Branch Technology are researching various materials to create a sustainable construction process, including using gypsum materials in the printed structure as fire protection, structural reinforcement and wall finishing. They have also met with a structural design firm to create a passive mechanical system for the home with the objective of making the design a net zero energy structure. + WATG Urban Via Archdaily Images via WATG Urban

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Five grass-covered shelters coming soon to a clifftop the dinosaurs roamed

February 25, 2016 by  
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Egypt hopes to build the world’s first underwater museum in Alexandria

November 5, 2015 by  
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The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has been working towards the creation of an undersea museum around ancient ruins submerged in the Bay of Alexandria. The plan began in 1998 and has run into a variety of obstacles, but project developers hope to move forward soon. With an architect on board and the people of Egypt hopeful to see the museum built, the project could be close to making tangible progress. The site might become the world’s first underwater museum, if the planners can overcome numerous project delays. Read the rest of Egypt hopes to build the world’s first underwater museum in Alexandria

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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

December 12, 2014 by  
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Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong step s to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima —may have caused irrevocable damage to one of Peru’s most sacred sites. In fact, this massive eco-blunder of theirs has earned them criminal charges from the Peruvian Government. The Nazca lines , created between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago, earned this site a  UNESCO World Heritage designation over 20 years ago. The area is so fragile, and so very sacred, that presidents and high-ranking officials have been forbidden from setting foot anywhere near it, so one can only imagine the public outcry about the disrespect that Greenpeace has shown by trespassing here. Read the rest of Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaeological damage , climate talks , Greenpeace , greenpeace activists , Nazca , nazca damage , nazca greenpeace , Nazca lines , Nazca Peru , Peru Nazca , un climate talks , UNESCO , Unesco Peru , United Nations

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

November 6, 2014 by  
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Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park . Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas . The iconic filmmaker and naturalist has raised urgent concerns over various threats to the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the subject of a powerful documentary , to be released on Netflix this Friday 7 November, 2014. Read the rest of Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , conservation , corruption , Democratic Republic of Congo , documentary , elephants , gorillas , habitat destruction , intimidation , mining , oil exploration , resource extraction , Sir David Attenborough , UNESCO , Virunga , Virunga National Park , world heritage site

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

November 6, 2014 by  
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One of the quieter surprises of this week’s elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, and it sits within the Barnett Shale, one of the largest natural gas fields in the nation. Denton invented fracking, but on Tuesday, residents voted 58.64 percent in favor of a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city . That sound you hear? That’s the stampede of panicked oil and gas industry attorneys. Read the rest of The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , ban , barnett shale , denton , drilling , fracking , fracking ban , gas , hydraulic fracturing , lone star state , natural gas , oil , texas , water pollution

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Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

September 10, 2014 by  
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Archaeologists from Aarhus University in Denmark and The Danish Castle Centre have made a sensational discovery south of Copenhagen : A massive Viking fortress built with heavy timbers and earthen embankments. The Viking fortress is over 1000 years old, and it’s the first to be discovered in over 60 years. The fortress is perfectly circular and is similar to the famous “Trelleborg” fortresses built by King Harald Bluetooth around the year 980, which have been nominated for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. Read the rest of Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aarhus university , archaeological dig , archaeologist , archaeology , battlefield , circle , circular building , copenhagen , cultural heritage , Denmark , excavation , fortress , Helen Goodchild , King Harald Bluetooth , Laser , laser measurements , Nanna Holm , Søren Sindbæk , The Danish Castle Centre , UNESCO , Vikings

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Egypt Outraged Over China’s Fake Sphinx!

June 5, 2014 by  
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China is famous for its “ duplitecture ,” but one recent example, a larger-than-life-sized replica of the Sphinx , outraged Egypt so much that it called on UNESCO to issue a cultural cease and desist. The structure will now be demolished. Read the rest of Egypt Outraged Over China’s Fake Sphinx! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architectural Mimicry , china , Chinese duplitecture , cultural rights , duplitecture , egypt , fake Chinese Sphinx to be demolished , fake sphinx , intellectual property rights , Mohammed Ibrahim , phony sphinx , sphinx , UNESCO

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

December 30, 2013 by  
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Waterfall photo via Xseon / Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet again to take better care of its groundwater supplies to avert certain catastrophe. Professor Craig Simmons, director of Australia’s National Center for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT), said that if groundwater sources run dry the world could run into a host of troubles – from agricultural and economic shortages to full-on water wars. Read the rest of Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Australian water scientists , china , Craig Simmons , drinkable water , environmental destruction , environmental preservation , environmental protection , fresh water , Global Framework for Action on groundwater governance , groundwater , groundwater governance , groundwater pollution , India , National Center for Groundwater Research and Training , NGCRT , UNESCO , water issues , water supply        

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