When Scientists Scanned A Jungle With Light Waves, They Discovered A Monumental Mayan Secret

Image: Timothy Beach, Sara Eshleman, Samantha Krause, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, and Colin Doyle via Eos

High above the canopy of a Belize wetland, researchers hover as they gather data about the earth below. They can’t see through the leaves to the ground – but the laser beams that they fire from their aircraft certainly can. And as the light bounces back up, it reveals a secret about the ancient Mayan people who once roamed here.