Petroglyphs:  Mesa Verde

Petroglyphs: Mesa Verde

Petroglyphs on a wall at Nevada's dramatic Valley of Fire State Park--just an hour from Las Vegas!

Petroglyphs on a wall at Nevada's dramatic Valley of Fire State Park--just an hour from Las Vegas!

"Fractales en la naturaleza: Arbol"

"Fractales en la naturaleza: Arbol"

Located in the Island in the Sky district of the Canyonlands National Park ("Sacred Window" by Nagesh Mahadev, via 500px)

Located in the Island in the Sky district of the Canyonlands National Park ("Sacred Window" by Nagesh Mahadev, via 500px)

General Carrera Lake, shared by Argentina and Chile, is the deepest lake in South America.  Its waters are beautiful, "a glittering combination of emerald, turquoise, aquamarine and azure. . . . Along its banks, directly below the Andes, sheer marble cliffs present themselves to further astound the visitor.  Over the millennia they have been weathered and folded to create a stunning cathedral of marble."

General Carrera Lake, shared by Argentina and Chile, is the deepest lake in South America. Its waters are beautiful, "a glittering combination of emerald, turquoise, aquamarine and azure. . . . Along its banks, directly below the Andes, sheer marble cliffs present themselves to further astound the visitor. Over the millennia they have been weathered and folded to create a stunning cathedral of marble."

One of the ancient "hill figures" found in the British Isles:  the white horse of Uffington (374 feet long, and probably created originally between 1400 and 600 BC)

One of the ancient "hill figures" found in the British Isles: the white horse of Uffington (374 feet long, and probably created originally between 1400 and 600 BC)

Ethereal meets surreal . . .

Ethereal meets surreal . . .

Little Petroglyph Canyon, hidden high in the Coso Mountains of Inyo County west of Death Valley.

Little Petroglyph Canyon, hidden high in the Coso Mountains of Inyo County west of Death Valley.

This is Carloway Broch, on the Island of Lewis in Scotland looking something like a broken tooth on the jaw of the island. It's a fortified home built during the Iron Age some 2,100 years ago. Much of the stone from the broch will have been used by locals over the centuries to build their cottages. Brochs, unique to Scotland, are dry-stone, twin-walled, round towers up to 30m across and 15m high. In 2004 a broch was built by the West of Scotland Dry Walling Association www.wsdswa.org.uk

This is Carloway Broch, on the Island of Lewis in Scotland looking something like a broken tooth on the jaw of the island. It's a fortified home built during the Iron Age some 2,100 years ago. Much of the stone from the broch will have been used by locals over the centuries to build their cottages. Brochs, unique to Scotland, are dry-stone, twin-walled, round towers up to 30m across and 15m high. In 2004 a broch was built by the West of Scotland Dry Walling Association www.wsdswa.org.uk

"About 250 years before work began on Egypt's ostentatious Great Pyramid of Giza, the early settlers of Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, were building impressive stone chambers of their own - and burying them under mounds of dirt. Now, intensive laser scanning makes it possible to virtually peel away the mud, revealing one of those chambers in all its glory."

"About 250 years before work began on Egypt's ostentatious Great Pyramid of Giza, the early settlers of Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, were building impressive stone chambers of their own - and burying them under mounds of dirt. Now, intensive laser scanning makes it possible to virtually peel away the mud, revealing one of those chambers in all its glory."

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