?found with GPS! – Using divers and submarines, researchers have discovered lost cities underwater, in places like Cuba. Now, using the same navigation device that helps you find your way through traffic, they have been found in Africa!

Until now, thick jungle growth has prevented satellites from discovering these villages, and due to the many military conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the villages may have wanted to hide from local map-makers. But using GPS they have discovered almost 200 settled villages, where old maps show only 30.

BBC News quotes Cath Long of the Rainforest Foundation as saying, “The real worry is that permits to cut timber, permits to extract resources will be given to external companies without recognizing the fact that people are already there and already using the forest.” The country contains one of the word’s largest rainforests and is rich in natural resources, such as gold, diamonds, copper and coltan, which is used in the manufacture of cell phones. Fighting over these resources is one of the main reasons for the many civil wars there.

Art credit: gimp-savvy.com

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