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Forest Razing by Ancient Maya Worsened Droughts

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avatar Forest Razing by Ancient Maya Worsened Droughts
August 21, 2012 10:37AM
ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2012) — For six centuries, the ancient Maya flourished, with more than a hundred city-states scattered across what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America. Then, in A.D. 695, the collapse of several cities in present day Guatemala marked the start of the Classic Maya's slow decline. Prolonged drought is thought to have played a role, but a study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters adds a new twist: The Maya may have made the droughts worse by clearing away forests for cities and crops, making a naturally drying climate drier.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120821115001.htm
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