Belieze's 'Blue Hole' Yeilds Clues To The Mysterious Fate of The Mayan Civilization

January 3, 2015 5:13 AM

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Belieze's 'Blue Hole' Yeilds Clues To The Mysterious Fate of The Mayan Civilization

The Mayan Civilization, which seems to have mysteriously dropped off the map somewhere between 800 and 900 AD, has always been a mystery that’s intrigued the readers of many a history book. The ancient civilization flourished between 300-700 A.D., producing stunning pyramids, their own hieroglyphic writing system, and beautiful artwork. Around the 9th century however, the complex civilization seems to have entered a rapid decline that led it’s people to abandon many of it’s great cities. What happened to the Mayan people and where did they go? Researchers now believe that Belize’s ‘Blue Hole’ may contain hints about the fate of the Mayan empire.

The ‘Great Blue Hole’ is an underwater cave in Belize, which researchers have learned contains sediments that have provided a sort of a historical climate record over the years. By drilling for certain sediments and analyzing their chemical composition, scientists have been able to determine that a ...

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