Multiple factors, including climate change, led to collapse and depopulation of ancient Maya

 

Multiple factors, including climate change, led to collapse and depopulation of ancient Maya

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A new analysis of complex interactions between humans and the environment preceding the 9th century collapse and abandonment of the Central Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula points to a series of events — some natural, like climate change; some human-made, including large-scale landscape alterations and shifts in trade routes — that have lessons for contemporary decision-makers and sustainability scientists.

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