Belize’s spectacular ‘Blue Hole’ unravels mystery behind Mayans’ demise

December 29, 2014 2:05 PM

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The Blue Hole has provided evidence that the region suffered an extreme drought in the 9th century, around the time that the Mayans began to disappear from existence.

It is a truly spectacular sight: an almost perfectly round hole in the sea that is nearly 1,000 feet across and more than 400 feet deep off the coast of Belize. Now, new research is indicating that this very geological feature is providing scientists with clues on what happened to the Mayan civiliza...

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