Saturday, July 31, 2010

[Geology2] Huge basalt rocks found at the bottom of Lake Qarun [Egypt]

Egypt scours bed of Lake Qarun in search of antiquities [USA], July 21, 2010

Egyptian experts have begun to explore the depths of Lake Qarun south of
Cairo using remote sensing radars in search of sunken artefacts,
antiquities officials told AFP on Wednesday. Antiquities supremo Zahi
Hawass said the work was launched a few days ago. "It is the first time
ever that the antiquities department carries out an archaeological
mission in Lake Qarun." Khaled Saeed, who heads the department of
pre-historic affairs at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the
team under his supervision hopes to pinpoint "huge basalt rocks" at the
bottom of Lake Qarun. According to Saeed, the discovery of the rocks was
first made by Egyptian-American scientist Faruq al-Baz, a veteran of
NASA's Apollo programme, five years ago. Baz, who now runs the Centre
for Space Studies at Boston University, was carrying out a satellite
survey of Egypt's Western Desert when he and his team discovered in the
Lake Qarun area "a large number of huge blocks of rock." "I believe that
these huge slabs are made of basalt (volcanic rock) which were
eventually moved upstream to the Giza plateau for the construction of
the Great Pyramid," Saeed said.


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