Die nazcalines sind riesige Scharrbilder (Geoglyphen) in der Wüste bei Nazca und Palpa in Peru. Benannt sind die Linien, die Wüste und die Kultur nach der unweit der Ebene liegenden Stadt Nazca. Die Nazca-Ebene zeigt auf einer Fläche von 500 km² schnurgerade, bis zu 20 km lange Linien, Dreiecke und trapezförmige Flächen sowie Figuren mit einer Größe von zehn bis mehreren hundert Metern, z. B. Abbilder von Menschen, Affen, Vögeln und Walen. Oft sind die figurbildenden Linien nur wenige Zentimeter tief. Durch die enorme Größe sind sie nur aus großer Entfernung zu erkennen, von den Hügeln in der Umgebung oder aus Flugzeugen.



The Nazcalines /ˈnæzkɑː/ are a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, in southern Peru. The largest figures are up to 1,200 ft (370 m) long.[2] They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 km (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana, about 400 km (250 mi) south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 500 BCE and 500 CE[3] The figures vary in complexity. Hundreds are simple lines and geometric shapes; more than 70 are zoomorphic designs of animals, such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, and monkeys, or human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes, such as trees and flowers.

The designs are shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs but, in general, they ascribe religious significance to them.

Because of its isolation and the dry, windless, stable climate of the plateau, the lines have mostly been naturally preserved. Extremely rare changes in weather may temporarily alter the general designs. As of 2012, the lines are said to have been deteriorating because of an influx of squatters inhabiting the lands.

Contrary to the popular belief that the lines and figures can only be seen from an aircraft, they are also visible from the surrounding foothills and other high places.

Text: wikipedia