Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Odessa's own Stonehenge!

As promised, our World Tour of the Permian Basin continues with pictures of Odessa's own Stonehenge on the campus of the University of Texas at the Permian Basin!

Here's a little History of Stonehenge, and some of the Geology as well as some of the Art and Architecture further down, if you can read that little bitty print. Maybe save the picture then enlarge on your computer if you like.

It's really a nice structure and I think they tried to make it look like Stonehenge does now, but of course the stones in Odessa still aren't as aged as the ones in England. This arch is probably about 20 feet tall and is just huge! I wish I had had the kids with me, that way they could have posed with it to give a little perspective on how large these stones really are.

(This view here is through where the Heel stone shadow would go during the summer solstice.)

If you look directly in the center of this picture to the right, you can see the day-glow orange of the Home Depot and I think if you look to the far left of the picture you can just make out the Golden Arches. You couldn't mistake this Stonehenge for the one in England, that's for sure!

I think this Odessa Stonehenge would have been a much better experiment for the geologists, astronomers and anthropologists if they had created it to replicate what the English Stonehenge looked like when it was just completed. Just having this big brand new "ruin" out in the middle of a field, is just kind of odd. But, enjoy the pictures anyway, and if you ever are in Odessa, go by the UTPB campus and take a look. It's still an impressive work of architecture that can be enjoyed by all for years to come.

This last picture on the bottom shows the view from the Heel Stone, where on the Summer Solstice, it's shadow will stretch across the steet, through the gateway, and end up on the altar (the brightest, lightest colored stone) in the middle.

I don't know if Druids show up here at the Summer or Winter Solstices like they do in England, but since they engineered it to do exactly the same thing here in Odessa like Stonehenge does in England, I guess if they find themselves on this side of the world at that time of year...well, ya never know!

1 comment:

Mabunny said...

Wow Nik, that is pretty cool! Thanks for sharing and hope all is well! Won't get home from church till aroudn 1230 or so tomorrow so call me in the afternoon!

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