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Google commemorates Maria Reich, a woman scientist who devoted her life to the Nazca lines

via:博客园     time:2018/5/15 15:04:14     readed:239

If you fly over the Peru desert you'll see a huge image. Some of them are straight in a spiral, a rectangular or trapezoid, and a whale, duck, and a hummingbird. Today's Google Doodle is about this, and it celebrates Maria.


In 1932, he came to Peru from Germany and became a tutor for children in Germany's consulate in Peru. Not long after, she came into contact with the huge line drawings left by the ancient Nazca people in the desert, so she devoted all her remaining life to the study of them. These lines are well preserved thanks to the stability of dry desert climate. During the next half century, she helped the government of Peru map out more than 1000 lines. She found that some of them were signs of the summer solstice and suggested that these lines were some kind of astronomical calendar.



At the same time, she has been working to protect them, when the government wants to make canals on them, she chose to fight the government. Reich recalls:

Even now, it is still impossible to fully understand that the Nasca line can not clearly understand their meaning, but now they have become the world heritage of the United Nations Scientific and educational organization.

He became a citizen of Peru in 1992 and died in 1998.

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