NASA Images Find 1.7 Million Year Old Man-Made Bridge

By: | December 12th, 2013

The 18-mile bridge is said to have been passable by foot until the 1400s. Image courtesy NASA

The 18-mile bridge is said to have been passable by foot until the 1400s. Image courtesy NASA

The NASA Shuttle has imaged a mysterious ancient bridge between India and Sri Lanka. The bridge was purportedly passable on foot until 1480 AD when a cyclone moved the sand around.

This recently-discovered bridge has been found to be made of a chain of limestone shoals. Its unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man made. The bridge currently named as Adam’s Bridge (most popularly known as Ram Setu) is about 18 miles (30 km) long.

This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, according to which the bridge was built under the supervision of Lord Rama who is supposed to be the incarnation of the supreme.

This bridge starts as chain of shoals from the Dhanushkodi tip of India’s Pamban Island and ends at Sri Lanka’s Mannar Island. Water between India and Sri Lanka is only 3 to 30 feet (1 to 10 meter) deep. Owing to shallow waters, this bridge presents a problem in navigation as big ships cannot travel in the shallow waters of the Pamban channel.

The discovery of this bridge is not only important for archaeologists, but it also gives an opportunity to the world to know an ancient history linked to the Indian mythology.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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3 thoughts on “NASA Images Find 1.7 Million Year Old Man-Made Bridge

  1. Jairaj
    January 26, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Please explain how NASA was able to photo graph a satellite image of the bridge in 1480 when we started our first flight in 1900 century. This baffles me

  2. Shiam
    January 31, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Трансфер НАСА в образ таинственный старинный мост между Индией и Шри-Ланке. Мост был якобы вброд до 1480 г. н.э., когда циклон перемещается песок вокруг.

    Этот недавно обнаружили мост Было обнаружено, что быть сделаны из цепи известняка отмели . Его уникальная кривизны и состав по возрасту показывает, что это человек сделал . Мост в настоящее время назван мост Адама ( наиболее известный как Рам сету ) составляет около 18 миль ( 30 км ) в длину .

    Эта информация является важным аспектом для понимания таинственного легенде под названием Рамаяна , согласно которой мост был построен под руководством Господа Рамы , который , как предполагается,воплощение Верховной .

    Этот мост начинается цепь отмелей от наконечника Dhanushkodi из Индии Pamban острова и заканчивается в Маннар острова Шри-Ланки. Вода между Индией и Шри-Ланке только от 3 до 30 футов ( от 1 до 10 метров ) глубиной . Благодаря мелководье , этот мост представляет собой проблему в навигации , как большие корабли не могут путешествовать на мелководье канала Pamban .

    Открытие этого моста важно не только для археологов , но это также дает возможность миру узнать, древнюю историю , связанную с индийской мифологии

  3. William
    February 19, 2014 at 4:25 am

    This is old news. The NASA images were captured in 2002 and it is largely accepted that the bridge is not man made. An excerpt from Wikipedia summarises this…

    Certain historical inscriptions, old travel guides, old dictionary references and some old maps have been said to reinforce a religious and geographical belief that this is an ancient bridge (see Ramayana). In 2007 the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority sought to promote religious tourism from Hindu pilgrims in India by including the phenomenon as one of the points on its “Ramayana Trail”, celebrating the legend of Prince Rama. Some Sri Lankan historians have condemned the undertaking as “a gross distortion of Sri Lankan history”.[47] Vaishnava News Network and some other U.S.-based news services suggested that they had discovered the remains of the bridge built by Rama and his Vanara army that is referred to in the Ramayana, and that it was not a natural formation, basing their claim on 2002 NASA satellite footage.[48] NASA distanced itself from the claims saying that what had been captured was nothing more than a 30-km-long, naturally occurring chain of sandbanks.[49] It also clarified that, “The images reproduced on the websites may well be ours, but their interpretation is certainly not ours. [...] Remote sensing images or photographs from orbit cannot provide direct information about the origin or age of a chain of islands, and certainly cannot determine whether humans were involved in producing any of the patterns seen.”[49]

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