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Discovered: What destroyed the Mayan civilization

By tvgnus   Follow   Thu, 8 Nov 2012, 4:00am PST   653 views   6 comments
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It was extreme drought, say UC Davis researchers •  Within about 80 years, it fell completely apart Decades of extreme weather crippled, and ultimately decimated, first the political culture and later the human population of the ancient Maya, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes two University of California, Davis, scientists.

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Peter P   Thu, 8 Nov 2012, 4:20am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Big government perhaps?

Calendar regulations were so stringent that moving beyond 12/21/12 was impossible. Seeing they would have no future bryond that date, the Mayan society sef-destructed.

Ceffer   Thu, 8 Nov 2012, 4:37am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

All those rotting human sacrifices caused a methane pulse that induced climate change. Gore said so. I need a ten million dollar grant to prove it.

What's ten mil when the fate of the world hangs in the balance?

Vicente   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 12:36am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 3

Primitive cultures seem likely to reach a city-state cultural peak, then because they have built a big city and used all the nearby firewood and employed no crop rotations, they deplete the nearby farmland. A drought would add a lot to that, but I wouldn't see it as the sole cause.

CaptainShuddup   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 5:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 4

They cut down all of their slow growing trees for timber to fire the kilns for their extensive pottery.

zzyzzx   Sun, 11 Nov 2012, 11:07pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 5

I thought it was destroyed by one of Howard Stern's farts.

thunderlips11   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 1:18am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

A similar thing happened in Cahokia:

BTW, Mayan collapse gels well with the Medieval Warm Period.

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