Topic ID #7788 - posted 6/6/2010 1:44 AM

Pictures: Massive Maya City Revealed by Lasers

Jennifer Palmer

Among other features, the new LiDAR  images captured Caracol's tallest buildings, a set of palaces and temples called Caana.

To reproduce the landscape in 3-D, a twin-engine plane flew over the city and fired laser beams through the dense tree canopy. The beams bounced off the ground, buildings, and other structures below.

The laser's path from plane to ground and back again was then measured and triangulated with the aid of GPS equipment to create the data for the 3-D maps.

Read the article and view the photos here.


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