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Astonishing 3-D data video of Machu Picchu

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A team of scientists from the University of Arkansas laser-scanned every building and terrace at MP in 2005. Unfortunately, until recently, this data was only available to those with sophisticated 3-D software viewers.

However, last year, this fellow named Peter Olson spent about 1200 hours in Google Earth and Google "Sketch-up" and and created the most amazing video from these millions of laser points. For me, it helps put things in great perspective. I so wish I would have seen it before I went to MP last month. When you are wandering around MP, it is like a maze and you can lose your bearings. This 3-D modeling helps you figure out where everything is in relation to everything else--far better than a one dimensional map. No music, no llamas, just perfection in scale.

This video is truly a treasure and should be seen again and again by those to are planning to go to MP and it is a great refresher and perspective for those of us who have been. And, it's fun!

Make SURE you watch in in full screen. Seriously astonishing, precise 3-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI6M9LC4Pn0

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