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AERIAL PHOTOS SHOW DAMAGE TO NAZCA LINES (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Via_Email, Saturday, July 24, 2004, 22:24

Aerial photos show damage to Peru's Nazca Lines
Associated Press

LIMA, Peru â€" Peru's ancient spiral-tailed monkey is losing its tail.

Extensive high-resolution aerial photos of the famed Nazca Lines taken by Peru's air force showed destruction Thursday that conservationists have long feared.

Tire tracks and disregard for the site are irreparably scarring the mysterious lines and animal figures that a pre-Columbian civilization etched into a 56-kilometre stretch of Peru's southern desert centuries ago.

In the first comprehensive aerial photos taken by Peru's government since 1973, one of the most famous animal figures, the monkey, was crisscrossed by tire tracks nearly obliterating the top of its tail. The fish and spider lines showed similar scars in the 180 photos taken last month and published in local newspapers.

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