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California Desert: The mysterious Blythe Intaglios

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posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 04:31 PM

The Blythe Intaglios are a group of gigantic earth figures found on the ground near Blythe, CA. These intaglios are east of the Big Maria Mountains, about 15 miles north of Blythe - just west of Highway 95 near the Colorado River. The intaglios are best viewed from the air, and that is exactly how they were discovered. In 1932, local pilot George Palmer was flying over the Colorado River into Blythe when he accidentally spotted the formations below him.

Intaglios are gigantic human, animal and geometric figures on the ground surface. There are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and adjacent Mexico. The best known of these mysterious figures are the Blythe Intaglios. The ground drawings are situated on two low mesas or terraces. There are several figures in three locations. The figures include two large humans, a feline and a concentric circle and a spiral. The largest human figure measures 171 feet from head to toe.

They were created by scraping a design in the dark colored rocks called desert pavement. By moving the desert pavement, the lighter color soil is exposed. The fine particles have been washed and blown away over the centuries, leaving larger stones or pebbles on the surface. Any mark made on the desert pavement will be visible for centuries. Intaglios are very susceptible to damage. If you visit an intaglio remember that even footsteps can damage the figures. The Blythe Intaglios have been fenced to prevent further damage.

Looked around on here and did not find anything on these. These are very interesting and I had never heard of them before.

Amazing to think that North America has it's own Nasca lines.

Why make something so big that you would never get to appreciate your artwork?

Since flying these sites I've discovered that there are actually over 600 known geoglyphs spread across the Southwest. So, there remains ample fodder for more powered paragliding quests for Ancient Geoglyphs.



Any thoughts?


posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 04:34 PM
reply to post by predator0187

Im seen something similar before, These drawings have occured on land Everywhere,

I dont know whether the above is related, But its the same sort of thing

edit on 25/1/11 by TedHodgson because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 08:08 PM
Great thread, I had no idea North America has it's own Nasca lines. How exciting. I would be interested in reading any information you can find on who scientists think made these designs. F&S

posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 08:15 PM
It's so funny to see people from USA happy with "their own" copy of nazca lines.
US citizens mentality is true mystery.

Credits to Indians, true owners of these grounds, i suppose.

posted on Jan, 26 2011 @ 11:31 PM
reply to post by potential_problem

I'm not from USA nor do I give credit to USA for these glyphs.

I give credit to North America, and the people that inhabited it when these were made.

Why do you have to turn this into a bash USA topic?


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