February 4

“Laser technology [Lidar] has uncovered about 60,000 homes, palaces, tombs and even highways in the humid lowlands… The total population at that time was once estimated to be a few million… But in light of the new Lidar data… it could now be closer to 10 million. Among the structures uncovered were roads, built wide and raised high above the wetlands to connect fields to farmers and markets to metropolises. There were also small dwellings, quarries and intricate irrigation systems.”

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Image courtesy of Wild Blue Media/National Geographic