An aerial survey conducted via airplane in northern Guatemala led to the discovery of a massive Maya site. Researchers used lidar (light detection and ranging) in which lasers are beamed out and the reflected light is used to create aerial imagery of a landscape. "...for the first time an area that was integrated politically and economically, and never seen before in other places in the Western Hemisphere," said study co-author Carlos Morales-Aguilar. Researchers hope the technology will continue to help them  discover areas in Guatemala that are still unexplored. 

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