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LiDAR technology reveals ancient city in dense American jungle

US: Researchers believe they may finally have uncovered the lost ”White City of gold” in Honduras using hi-tech scanners that let aircraft ”see” through dense forest. Researchers from the University of Houston and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) flew over the Mosquitia region in a small plane shooting billions of laser pulses at the ground to create a 3D digital map of the topology beneath the jungle canopy.

Compiling their data, the analysts revealed what appears to be man-made elevation changes that are thought to show a forgotten city plaza dotted with pyramids reclaimed by the jungle.

Over the course of a week, the NCALM and University of Houston engineers flew over 60 square miles of forest in their dual-engine Cessna planes. LiDAR’s computer-generated images allowed researchers to ”see” through the forest canopy to the ground surface, revealing any evidence of ancient settlements or human-engineered landscapes.

This was one of the first times that laser mapping, specifically LiDAR had been used to locate ancient ruins.

Source: Daily Mail