Mysteries


Ancient Mysteries

One of the Great Mysteries is how Ancient Egypt built the Pyramids and other monuments. . A bit of that mystery may have been uncovered:

Experts have discovered a canal at an Aswan rock quarry that they believe was used to help float some of ancient Egypt’s largest stone monuments to the Nile River.

It has long been suspected that ancient workers moved the massive artifacts directly to their final destinations over waterways.

Ancient artwork shows Egyptians using boats or barges to move large monuments like obelisks and statues, and canals have also been discovered at the Giza pyramids and the Luxor Temple.

But the newfound canal, which has since been filled in, is the first proof discovered at the granite quarries in Aswan. Almost all obelisks, including those at the Luxor and Karnak Temples, were originally hewn in the Aswan area.

“What you have is very strong evidence that they may have loaded these stones in at the quarry … and as a result not dragging and hauling them over land,” said Richard R. Parizek, a professor of geology at Penn State University who led the scientific tests confirming the canal’s existence.

“It eliminates that land connection.” evidence has been found how the huge stones were transported…..

Undersea Mysteries

Have a look at some of the bizzare creatures recently discovered in the Celebes Sea.

A square jaw and edgy brow give a distinctive profile to this boxfish, one of many exotic marine creatures recently found by scientists exploring Southeast Asia’s Celebes Sea.

The international team of researchers recently returned from two weeks in the Celebes, a little-explored sea between Malaysia and the Philippines that is home to one of the world’s deepest ocean basins (see map).

The Celebes’s relative isolation and chilly depths make it one of the world’s most richly diverse marine habitats, likely hosting species that have lived in seclusion for millions of years, expedition leader Larry Madin told the Associated Press.

“This is probably the center where many of the species evolved and spread to other parts of the ocean, so it’s going back to the source in many ways,” said Madin, who is director of research at the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)…..

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