Pampa Aullagas: Legend of Atlantis

Some oblique views from Google Earth

Pampa Aullagas oblique view
Above, view from north-west showing rings of land and channels

Pampa Aullagas oblique view
Above, view from north-west

Pampa Aullagas oblique view with walls
Above, oblique view from north-west showing reconstruction of probable position of walls

Pampa Aullagas oblique view walls and channels
Above, oblique view showing reconstruction of probable position of walls in relation to rings of land and channels

Pampa Aullagas oblique view
Above, oblique view from north showing the cross-like qualities of the site formed by the opening up of two bays, probably due to earthquakes. The inner channel shown here is now higher up the mountain suggesting that this part of the volcano was pushed up later.

Pampa Aullagas summit
Above, view of summit or acropolis from north-west

Pampa Aullagas acropolis
Above, view of summit or acropolis from south-west with Lake Poopo (the sea) in the distance.

Pampa Aullagas summit
Above, close-up view of summit or acropolis from the south-west

Pampa Aullagas summit
Above, close-up view of summit or acropolis from the south showing how the central island or Acropolis faces towards the south and is sheltered from the north by the rim of the volcano.

Pampa Aullagas Atlantis rings
Above, close-up overview of the Acropolis and rings.

Pampa Aullagas embankment
Above, view from the south showing the embankment faced with stones behind the village. I suspect this has become detached from the main body of the volcano due to earthquakes and forced outwards creating the sandy channel seen on the inside so that the wall of stone shown here would have been continuous instead of appearing broken off as it does at present.
Geological studies are necessary to establish what the original shape of the volcano may have been, which parts may have sunk or risen and which parts may have become detached from their original locations.

Pampa Aullagas oblique view from south-east
Above, oblique view from the south-east showing outer channel.

Pampa Aullagas oblique view from south-east
Above, oblique view from the south-east, a question for geologists - did the low plateau with the concentric rings come first then the volcanic cone force its way through afterwards, or was the volcanic cone there first and the low platform formed afterwards?. Has this part of the low plateau also become detached from its original location and why is one end squashed up against the volcanic cone?

Pampa Aullagas oblique view
Above, oblique view from the south with Lake Poopo in the background.

Pampa Aullagas oblique view
Above, oblique view from the south.
J.M.Allen 1st Nov 2009

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