’Unexpected’ origin story of Egypt’s Great Sphinx unearthed by NYU researchers

I’m an Egyptian American who studied in Israel: We can’t let Hamas kill peace along with peacemakersScientists believe they have finally figured out how, exactly, the Great Sphinx was built in Egypt more than 4,500 years ago.

A study conducted by researchers at New York University, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Fluids, analyzed how wind moves against rock formations to finally understand this mystery.

“Our findings offer a possible ‘origin story’ for how Sphinx-like formations can come about from erosion,” Leif Ristroph, senior author of the study, The experiment resulted in a lion’s “head,” an undercut “neck,” “paws” laid out in front on the ground and an arched “back.” headtopics.com

“The work may also be useful to geologists as it reveals factors that affect rock formations—namely, that they are not homogeneous or uniform in composition,” Ristroph added.

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