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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:42 pm 
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Okay I admit it; I always wanted to be an Egyptologist/Archaeologist. But it never happened so from time to time I play on Google Earth and just pretend. Today I found this in the desert.

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WTF is it? Whatever it is there's about a 10-mile patch of it, and there are long walls in the sand around there. I thought they were roads, until I got in real close. Not roads.

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30°22’19.09”N 29°38’25.48”E

Anyone know a real archaeologist we can ask?


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I can't be sure, but I suspect that it is the long-sought mysterious source of a highly evolved life form known as bilderberg butterflies.

If you find out, MsDaisy, please keep us posted. That's a mega-kewl find, IMO.

If my hunch is correct, it's a sacred spot deserving the most stringent of environmental protection.

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Probably a photographic anomaly.

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I think it is some kind of mining activity. There are buildings and other structures at the center of each of the 'flowers' when you get a closer view. Phosphates?

Salt?

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Looks like the wallpaper at my Aunt Angie's house. ;)

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You might check out this site: http://googlesightseeing.com/2011/06/my ... week-2011/

It looks like you can join (?) and post such items for other enthusiasts to speculate or answer?

Very cool.

I concur that it seems man-made, but not ancient -- some kind of digging, burying, or the like... decommissioned oil wells? desalination?

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You might check out this site: http://googlesightseeing.com/2011/06/my ... week-2011/

It looks like you can join (?) and post such items for other enthusiasts to speculate or answer?

Very cool.

I concur that it seems man-made, but not ancient -- some kind of digging, burying, or the like... decommissioned oil wells? desalination?

WMDs???

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If you do a search on Egyptian rock phosphate mines or mining, you will see what it looks like on the ground. It could also be salt mining. Those of two of Egypt's top mineral exports. They even supply rock salt for de-icing streets.

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More geology than archeology. The imagery has all of the features of surface mining operations for evaporites. More particularly the "harvesting" of natron near Wadi El Natrun. Natron consists of hydrated sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate and halite. Archeology comes into play because natron was used in the mummification process.

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What desert was that in?

Where is Heinrich Schliemann when we need him? I too fantasized about archeology. Except for the dirt that would get under your nails. And the lack of room service. And very few nearby malls.

It's really cool though. Looks more like abstract art than anything man-made.

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The Nitrian Desert or the Scetis Desert near Wadi El Natrun.

Interesting stuff about the monasteries and the saints.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadi_El_Natrun

BTW halite = rock salt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadi_El_Natrun

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What desert was that in?

Where is Heinrich Schliemann when we need him? I too fantasized about archeology. Except for the dirt that would get under your nails. And the lack of room service. And very few nearby malls.

It's really cool though. Looks more like abstract art than anything man-made.


Esseff44's post has more details, but think Alexandria Egypt and go west about 10 or 20 miles.

I can remember being 4 years old and my dream was to become an archeologist, especially one in Egypt. I thank my grandfather and his books on Egypt for getting me interested. I've been lucky enough to visit all but one of the sites that interested me as a child. I even got to visit some smaller sites in Crete. While I still love ancient history and the study of archeology, I'm glad I didn't go into it. My personality type hates dealing in the details and archeology is mostly dealing with the details like small pieces.

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Many years ago the was a story circulating through the California boating community about some whitewater rafters in Mexico who discovered an ancient, buried city. I can't find the link now, in between making a cape for Sprout's costume and getting ready for V Day dinner with my sweetie :xo . I'll try later.

They had just finished an arduous portage through a rough section of river. Standing at the pinnacle of their portage, they looked back at the valley they had just rafted through and saw the unmistakable outlines of civilization. They were on a wilderness trip in the days before satellite phones and had deadlines to make or else their posse would call out the gendarmes, so they didn't go back just then to investigate. Instead they took pictures, sent them to NationalGeographic and ended up on the expedition several years later. They did find a buried city.

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You can imagine what my valentines would be like IF we celebrated it.


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It could be worse. Imagine if he were a cardiologist who brought his work home with him -- especially on days like today. :o :o

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One of my Roman history profs was part of the Caesarea dig and showed us progress as it was happening and when I was in the 6th grade we got to go to Lalibela during a dig. Way cool. I'm dying to go back now I could appreciate it.

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You can imagine what my valentines would be like IF we celebrated it.


OMG! *wiping Pepsi off monitor & keyboard*.

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One of my Roman history profs was part of the Caesarea dig and showed us progress as it was happening and when I was in the 6th grade we got to go toLalibela during a dig. Way cool. I'm dying to go back now I could appreciate it.


While I love reading everything I can or watching documentaries on all things ancient, I'm always a bit disappointed when I see the sites in person. Many of the most ancient sites I've been to are literally little mounds of rocks outlining what would have been homes and other buildings. No matter how much I squeeze my eyes and squint to try to see the site as it might have looked, I never seem to get there.

I was extremely lucky when I visited Egypt. I was stationed in Germany and the University of Maryland had college course trips that combine both a guided tour and "classroom" study of ancient Egypt. The professor I had really made the trip into the dream trip I had hoped for. He was one of those kinds of professors who could history come alive and he had a deep and passionate love of ancient Egypt backed with years of living there as well as studying and teaching the subject. As expected, we visited a lot of tombs. With another professor or tour guide, the tombs could have quickly blurred together because, to be honest, if you can't read the hieroglyphs or if the wall art isn't exceptional, they start to look alike to the untrained eye. This guy knew how to not only point out the differences in a meaningful way but he added color with his stories of intrigue and/or scandal surrounding the tomb's owner. The whole trip was like that -- a mixture of straight history and a lot of juicy stuff to make it come fascinating.

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In the spirit of this thread:

My little sister just bought a house in the Kansas City area to renovate and rent it. The rumor is that Harry Truman used to play poker at the house and swim in the old swimming pool (now a metal rusty tank).

They are renovating the house and were ripping out cabinets in the basement that covered the whole wall. Upon ripping put one section of cabinets, they found a secret room behind the cabinets that was sealed by a metal vault door. In that room they found about a hundred moonshine, gin, and champaign bottles. It appears to be an old speakeasy. There were also crates which had handwriting like "to Pendergast".

Pretty cool.

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My little sister just bought a house in the Kansas City area to renovate and rent it. The rumor is that Harry Truman used to play poker at the house and swim in the old swimming pool (now a metal rusty tank).

They are renovating the house and were ripping out cabinets in the basement that covered the whole wall. Upon ripping put one section of cabinets, they found a secret room behind the cabinets that was sealed by a metal vault door. In that room they found about a hundred moonshine, gin, and champaign bottles. It appears to be an old speakeasy. Their were also crates which had handwriting like "to Pendergast".

Pretty cool.


VERY cool... and perhaps very lucrative.

I lurve these kind of stories. :-bd

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MsDaisy wrote:
Okay I admit it; I always wanted to be an Egyptologist/Archaeologist. But it never happened so from time to time I play on Google Earth and just pretend. Today I found this in the desert.

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WTF is it? Whatever it is there's about a 10-mile patch of it, and there are long walls in the sand around there. I thought they were roads, until I got in real close. Not roads.

Google Earth Coordinates (But you have to zoom in to about 1000 feet to be able to see it)
30°22’19.09”N 29°38’25.48”E

Anyone know a real archaeologist we can ask?

You need to use a seer stone and look at that while your face is buried in a hat. If you write a book and start a Church, MsDaisy, I'll attend your services.


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