650-year drought triggered ancient city's abandonment

February 3, 2015 5:14 PM

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650-year drought triggered ancient city's abandonment

A lake near Cantona where researchers collected sediment samples to learn about the area's history of drought between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1150. (Tripti Bhattacharya)

A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.

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