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The great Maya droughts : water, life, and death

Author: Richardson Benedict Gill
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2000.
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"This study argues that the collapse of Classic Maya civilization was driven by catastrophic drought. Between A.D. 800 and 1000, unrelenting drought killed millions of Maya people with famine and thirst and initiated a cascade of internal collapses that destroyed their civilization. Linking global, regional, and local climate change, the author explores how atmospheric processes, volcanism, ocean currents, and other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Gill, Richardson Benedict.
Great Maya droughts.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2000
(OCoLC)607464066
Online version:
Gill, Richardson Benedict.
Great Maya droughts.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2000
(OCoLC)631670372
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richardson Benedict Gill
ISBN: 0826321941 9780826321947 0826327745 9780826327741 0082632774 9780082632771
OCLC Number: 43567384
Description: xx, 464 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Climate and Catastrophe --
2. Energy and Environment --
3. Self-Organization --
4. Famine and the Individual --
5. Famine and Social Dissolution --
6. Meteorology --
7. Thermohaline Circulation --
8. Volcanoes and Climate --
9. Geology, Hydrology, and Water --
10. Palaeoclimatology --
11. Drought and Famine --
12. Abandonment and Collapse --
13. Summary and Discussion.
Responsibility: Richardson Benedict Gill.

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This study argues that the collapse of Classic Maya civilization was driven by drought. Between A.D. 800 and 1000, unrelenting drought killed millions of Maya people with famine and thirst and  Read more...

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