05 Jul '14, 12am

Could climate change have caused the decline of the Mayan civilization?

Could climate change have caused the decline of the Mayan civilization?

Instead, scientists decided to look at stalagmites in caves, which are far less vulnerable to disturbance. Anthropologist Douglas Kennett from Penn State University and a team of researchers from around the world examined stalagmite growth layers in the jungles of Belize, which reveal periods of drought. These drought periods appear to coincide directly with periods of war and contraction in Mayan society. The most prolonged and severe period of drying corresponds directly with the end of Mayan civilization.

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