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Earth: Severe Droughts Explains The Mysterious Fall Of The Maya


Offbeat  (tags: Earth, Enduring Mysteries, Maya Civilisation, Archaeological Studies )


- 740 days ago - bbc.com
We might finally know why the Maya abandoned their impressive limestone cities about 1,000 years ago



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Animae C (514)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:39 am
"Some scholars think that the Maya’s skilled manipulation of their environment could have had a hand in their eventual collapse, by somehow worsening the impacts of natural climate change. For example, some scholars think that deforestation to clear land for agriculture might have exacerbated localised drying effects, leading to more significant agricultural losses during drought.
A more indirect consequence of their agricultural prowess might simply have been that it allowed the population to grow too large, which might have increased their vulnerability to an extended food shortage, and therefore reduced their resistance to a drier climate."

Manipulation of the environment & overpopulation, isn't that what we're doing?!?

A very interesting read!
Thanx Cal
 

Animae C (514)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:40 am
Arghhh sorry RAY!
 

Roro l (0)
Monday June 13, 2016, 3:02 pm
thanks
 

pam w (139)
Monday June 13, 2016, 3:06 pm
If/when you visit the Maya ruins, local guides will tell you that the people devastated their forests with poorly-managed farming and devastated their economy with constant warfare against their neighbors.
 
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