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Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
Prehistoric Roadways

TIMS image of Chacoan roadway TIMS image of Chacoan roadway

The images above, shows two false color composites of TIMS data. The Chacoan roads are the linear features fanning out from the lower right hand corner. The yellow lines are current day roadways. The current roads follow topography, and the path of least resistance in construction. Conversely, the prehistoric roads are strikingly linear.

The image below combines TIMS data with topographic features.

Composite of TIMS and topographic data

Responsible Official: Dr. James L. Smoot (James.L.Smoot@nasa.gov)
Page Author: Tom Sever
Page Curator: Diane Samuelson (diane.samuelson@msfc.nasa.gov)