Biodiversity Revolution

There’s an interesting article in The Conversation today which suggests that climate change may have been responsible for the collapse of the Mayan civilisation in central America. The authors refer to a study in Science authored by Douglas J. Kennett et. al., in which they studied rainfall patterns from stalagmites inside Yok Balum Cave in Belize and compared them with historical clues carved into local monuments. While anomalously high rainfall had allowed the population to expand considerably, the following warming and drying trends which extended for several hundreds of years led to droughts which shattered and eventually destroyed the civilisation.

There is also evidence that contemporaneous civilisations fell prey to the same problem. The Khmer, who covered much of South-East Asia and built the famous Angkor Wat temple,  suffered first from the deluge, which badly damaged their extensive network of canals and reservoirs, then from the succeeding centuries of drought…

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I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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  1. Matt Foley says:

    Climate change is one of the greatest social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.


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