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Australia, the mystery of the giant man that is seen from space. Who has designed?
TO USE an oxymoron, we can call a mystery archaeology of modern times, that of the man of Marree, a giant geoglyph drawn by an unknown hand that stands out on the red soil in the South of Australia. It was first noticed by an airplane pilot for the first time in 1998, and is very reminiscent of the famous Nazca lines, in Peru. The dimensions are, indeed, colossal: a human figure holding in his hand a stick or a boomerang, which measure between 3.5 and 4.2 km height and a perimeter that rises to almost 30.

In the time of the detection of the Earth from space could not go unnoticed, therefore, this giant path, probably a few decades ago, became a tourist destination and, over time, faded and blurred. As to push the inhabitants of the place (it's located in the australian outback, near a small town, Marree, from which the "monument" takes its name) to "trace" the contours and rinverdirlo a bit, to bolster the presence of tourists and curious down in those parts. From space and from the air The man of Marree is also seen from the space, the objectives of the satellites Landsat, which have a proper resolution, immortalized him. So the aerial photos. Stands out very well on Google Earth and Google maps. Nasa has recently proposed a satellite image taken by Landsat 8 as photo of the day. Very reminiscent of the stylized figures of animals traced in the ancient times by the peoples of pre-columbian, and like those, the best way to appreciate it is to fly above it by a few kilometers of altitude.

But the similarities with the Nazca lines end here: the Marree man has almost surely an modern origin: more than 20 years ago would be enough, with some calculation done well and a tractor. And he does not know much more, except that, as show the latest images, if the quarry quite well, also thanks to the "restoration" put in place by the 2016 by the owners of the Marree Hotel, William Creek Hotel, determined to prevent the disappearance. They retraced the furrows, and piped water to grow vegetation in the lines, give new vigour to the profile faded. And give a boost to the business. The mysterious hand will Not know when it appeared (of course it is pre-1998), and who has drawn. The entrepreneur and philanthropist australian Dick Smith , in 2018, had offered a reward of $ 5,000 to anyone who could bring information to solve the mystery. So far, it seems, without significant results.

In October of the same year, a revelation that appeared in The newspaper The Advertiser confirmed the rumors that they wanted the australian artist of Alice Springs, Bardius Goldberg, author of the geoglyph. He would have confessed on his death-bed. Others, including Dick Smith, who has conducted a thorough research on the topic, think that it is a job carried out by a few people but its investigation has not solved the mystery. Perhaps for the silence of the inhabitants of Marree. A mystery to be solved, in the end, it is always a great tourist attraction.

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