Did drought destroy the Mayan empire?
November 9, 2012 |
The world isn’t going to end in 2012. The Maya never believed it, and neither should we. But the historical Mayan empire did end, and no-one knows why.
Now, though, it appears that natural climate change was at least partly to blame. Scientists have studied a 2000-year-old stalagmite from a cave in Belize. By measuring forms of oxygen in the stalagmite, they managed to pin rainfall down to specific periods. It looks like the Maya suffered some pretty severe droughts.
Let’s hope we can slow man-made climate change before we suffer a similar fate.
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