Prolonged extreme droughts could help to explain collapse of Mayan civilization

January 4, 2015 6:33 AM

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The mysterious collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization has been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably overhunting, deforestation, and a catastrophic peasant uprising. However the theory of prolonged extreme drought has been gaining ground among the scientific community in recent years regarding the Mayan demise.

A team headed by Rice University professor Andre Droxler analyzed sediment found in the Blue Hole, a 410-foot-deep sinkhole in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef.

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