Atacama Desert. Geoglyphs.
11th-15th c Chilean Earthwork Environment
PRE-COLUMBIAN CHILEAN Anonymous
(active c. 6000 BCE - 1530 CE)
Atacama Desert. Chile.
The small rocks, known as "desert varnish," were scraped away exposing the soil underneath and creatting a pattern on the hill. In some cases darker rocks were used to outline the pattern. These large patterns are known a geoglyphs which differ from petroglyphs that are carved into rocks. Numerous geoglyphs of uncertain date exist in the Atacama desert, with estimates from 350 to 1500. The Atacama desert covers 600 miles of the northern coast of Chile and is considered to be the driest desert on earth. The inhabitants get their water from the seasonal streams that come down from the Andes mountains.