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Newly Discovered Natural Arch in Afghanistan One of World's Largest
Science Daily ^ | 03-31-2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/31/2011 7:46:39 AM PDT by Red Badger

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have stumbled upon a geological colossus in a remote corner of Afghanistan: a natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base.

Located at the central highlands of Afghanistan, the recently discovered Hazarchishma Natural Bridge is more than 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest large natural bridges in the world. It also ranks among the largest such structures known.

"It's one of the most spectacular discoveries ever made in this region," said Joe Walston, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Asia Program. "The arch is emblematic of the natural marvels that still await discovery in Afghanistan."

Wildlife Conservation Society staff Christopher Shank and Ayub Alavi discovered the massive arch in late 2010 in the course of surveying the northern edge of the Bamyan plateau for wildlife (the landscape is home to ibex and urial wild sheep) and visiting local communities

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geology; godsgravesglyphs

WCS staff found the arch during a wildlife survey of the Bamyan Plateau in central Afghanistan. (Credit: Ayub Alavi)

1 posted on 03/31/2011 7:46:51 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

It’s amazing that we have billions of people on earth, yet still have not discovered everything on it’s surface.


2 posted on 03/31/2011 7:51:05 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Red Badger

Quick. Using the nobama WTF foreign policy doctrine give the al queda some missiles to bomb the crap out of it. Quick.


3 posted on 03/31/2011 7:51:24 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Red Badger

I’m surprised the Taliban didn’t have it destroyed.


4 posted on 03/31/2011 7:51:26 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Red Badger

Beautiful piece of nature!!!

What ‘group’ and issue would the left support more:

1)Multiculturalism: The Taliban deciding to destroy it because they find it offensive to Allah.

2)Saving the environment: Environmentalist pitching a hissy fit.


5 posted on 03/31/2011 7:55:07 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: lormand

Oh, I’m sure the locals knew it was there all along.................


6 posted on 03/31/2011 7:56:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: lormand

I’m sure it was known...but just not reported to the broader world.


7 posted on 03/31/2011 7:56:27 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: cogitator

ping


8 posted on 03/31/2011 7:57:00 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Why destroy a perfectly good edifice from which to toss non believers?


9 posted on 03/31/2011 7:57:22 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Paleo Conservative

They probably hid weapons in it...............


10 posted on 03/31/2011 7:57:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: lormand
It’s amazing that we have billions of people on earth, yet still have not discovered everything on it’s surface.

I'm sure the local people have been aware of it for centuries.

11 posted on 03/31/2011 7:58:48 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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To: Red Badger
Man, even their natural arches suck compared to ours.

Landscape Arch Utah 290 feet span and no Taliban.

12 posted on 03/31/2011 7:58:54 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Look at the size of that guy in the pic.
It is truly huge..............


13 posted on 03/31/2011 7:59:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: kbennkc
Landscape Arch Utah 290 feet span and no Taliban.

But they do have Mormons.................

14 posted on 03/31/2011 8:01:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger

Just another hole in the mountains.


15 posted on 03/31/2011 8:03:24 AM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


16 posted on 03/31/2011 8:05:28 AM PDT by stockpirate (Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God!)
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To: lormand; Red Badger

I would be willing to bet that it was actually the Afghans who discovered this arch a long, long time ago.


17 posted on 03/31/2011 8:09:23 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: skeeter

I can’t wait to travel there in my burhka to see it in person.


18 posted on 03/31/2011 8:11:58 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Red Badger

19 posted on 03/31/2011 8:14:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Red Badger

The taliban hasn’t blown it up yet???? They must be slipping.


20 posted on 03/31/2011 8:15:51 AM PDT by skimask
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To: Red Badger
But they do have Mormons.................

At least their convert or die policy means, they will try to convert you to death, and then baptize you afterward. I can ask some of my relatives in Utard to make you a retroactive Mormon when you croak if you like.

21 posted on 03/31/2011 8:16:20 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Red Badger

Nah, he’s just a tiny little guy.


22 posted on 03/31/2011 8:17:00 AM PDT by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
I can’t wait to travel there in my burhka to see it in person.

But you aren't even allowed to look at the picture without a burka on!

23 posted on 03/31/2011 8:18:06 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: Red Badger

I’m reminded of the “discovery” of log coffins in a cave near Mae Hong Son. When the discoverers decided to drill wood cores to date the site, the raised the anger of the locals for releasing the spirits of the dead to bother the living. Turns out the locals were keeping quiet about the cave to protect the coffins from being disturbed and looted.


24 posted on 03/31/2011 8:18:39 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Gondring
I’m sure it was known...but just not reported to the broader world.

Yep, somewhat like the "discovery" of America.

25 posted on 03/31/2011 8:20:35 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Paleo Conservative

that was the first comment I made as well.
THey WILL find something anti-islamic about it soon!


26 posted on 03/31/2011 8:22:06 AM PDT by a real Sheila (God is in control! Prayers for Japan, especially those working on the nuclear issues.)
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To: lormand

Westerners did not know but it was certainly known by various people in country.

I traveled all the way to Utah to view similar arches. Years later I was surprised to learn there were two in East Tennessee at Big South Fork National National Recreation area rivaling those in Utah at Arches National Park


27 posted on 03/31/2011 8:27:06 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Right Wing Assault

“But you aren’t even allowed to look at the picture without a burka on!”

Oops! Looks like I’m in for a good stoning. LOL!


28 posted on 03/31/2011 8:31:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: glorgau

Kinda reminds me of the stories you see occasionally about the scientists who “discover” and new species in Africa or South America because it is being sold in the local meat market.


29 posted on 03/31/2011 8:37:17 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: kbennkc

>>The total span of arch — the measurement by which natural bridges are ranked — is 210.6 feet in width, making it the 12th largest natural bridge in the world. This finding pushes Utah’s Outlaw Arch in Dinosaur National Monument — smaller than Hazarchishma by more than four feet — to number 13 on the list.

The world’s largest natural arch — Fairy Bridge — is located by Buliu River in Guangxi, China, and spans a staggering 400 feet in width. Several of the top 20 largest natural arches are located in the state of Utah in the U.S.<<


30 posted on 03/31/2011 8:37:45 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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To: Red Badger

Where’s the Elder Things?
I expect some Shoggoths there.


31 posted on 03/31/2011 8:50:46 AM PDT by Darksheare (Dear Interdimensional Monstrosity, I fear our relationship has taken a turn for the worse...)
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To: kbennkc

But if my memory is correct, the Catholic Church either in 2007 or 2008 decreed no baptism info from any Catholic Church anywhere is to be gathered by the Mormons for that reason as to prevent baptism of the dead.


32 posted on 03/31/2011 8:50:46 AM PDT by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Gives new meaning to “Let’s go get stoned.” ‘Course, us Christians may be next anyway, just as the first Christians were.


33 posted on 03/31/2011 9:06:36 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: Red Badger
If you want a truly massive arch, try Shipton's Arch in China:




34 posted on 03/31/2011 1:26:40 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Oops! Looks like I’m in for a good stoning. LOL!

Yeah, they'll probably just drop the whole arch on you.

35 posted on 03/31/2011 6:08:26 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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