Maya Civilization Went Extinct Due to Prolonged Droughts, Study Finds

December 29, 2014 5:55 PM

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After analyzing the sediments inside two underwater caves nearby the coast of Belize, researchers found that the Maya civilization might have gone extinct after two one-hundred-year long droughts. The sediments revealed that there was a major drought in the islands between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, two centuries before the Mayan people vanished.

During their research, scientists analyzed the minerals from the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole located in a lagoon near the Belizean coast. The sediments gathered there revealed that there were two periods of prolonged drought that led to the Maya civilization’s extinction – one betwee...

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