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No vegetation grows over the walls of the buried roomblocks of this ancient town, possibly because the adobe (mud) used in the construction of the walls and rooms is sterile, or too densely packed. The result is that the outlines of the buried pueblo are revealed to the aerial observer. Some of the rooms (at center of photo) have been opened by excavation, leaving rectangular cavities. The small circle in the center of the largest enclosure (plaza) is the trace of the pueblo's kiva, or semi-subterranean ceremonial chamber (the small tree beside it is the same one in the center of the ground-level photo).