By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/27/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
At one time, Alcatraz was the United States most impenetrable and forbidding prison. The island destination today is now little more than a destination for visitors touring San Francisco, California. However, scientists say there's much more to "the Rock" than imprisonment. New discoveries made by researchers suggest a rich, hidden history lying beneath its prison walls.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A team from Texas A&M University have slowly dragged ground-penetrating radar along the ground of the prison's recreation yard. According to Professor Mark Everett, "The cart has a transmitter and a receiver - it sends an electromagnetic wave into the ground that then reflects off all the different structures underneath. Much like medical imaging would make a scan of the body, we are making a scan of the ground under the 'rec' yard."
Scientists are uncovering a hidden history lying beneath the prison of Alcatraz.
This image, taken in 1868, shows one of the many cannons that formed part of the garrison.
The fortress saw little action, and in 1903 it was turned into a military prison.
Many traces of the fortress vanished, but some are now being rediscovered using ground-penetrating radar.
Scientists have found evidence of parts of the fortress lying under the recreation yard.
Today, the parade ground shows no visible signs of the fortress buildings.
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