Belize's 'Blue Hole' Reveals Clues to Maya's Climate Doom

December 29, 2014 6:14 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO — The ancient Maya civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests.

Minerals taken from Belize's famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between the year 800 and 900, right when the Maya civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Maya moved north — but they disappeared again a fe...

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